Well, the racing year has pretty much come to a close. But CIM wasn’t my last race of the year. The second and third weekends of the year I ran in two Christmas 5k races.
On December 9, I ran in my third Jingle Bell Rock 5k. I love this race because its small (although growing fast!), I have done well at it consistently, and they collect Toys for Tots. This year was the first year I ran it with friends around. Elise, Michelle, and Margaret all ran the race while my SCE gals Rebecca, Leslie, and Laura (and her daughter Agnes) volunteered.
Elise and I stuck together for a little over the first half. She had a little lung difficultly (she has only been back running for a few weeks), so she slowed down but I kept my pace. I ended up finishing at 22:26, not a PR but still good only a week after the marathon. I took 4th in a highly competitive age group (I hate 10 year age groups!) I messed up my watch so I don’t have my splits, boo! Elise came in quickly after and secured 2nd place in her age group.
A week later, Elise, Leslie, Gaylia, and I drove to San Jose to run in the 1st Annual Santa Run Silicon Valley 5k. We had one goal: get Elise a new PR!
When we arrived at the start, we found ourselves in a sea of green and red. I think we were the only runners not wearing a Santa suit or a green event shirt.
The first two miles were very strong: 6:52 and 6:58. Gaylia pulled ahead to block Elise from the wind and Leslie and I took either side of her. Leslie is such a great cheerleader, she kept Elise focused on her goal the whole race! Around mile 2, my day’s poor eating (a 4pm race is not ideal for me!) resulted in some phlegm issues that slowed me down. I waived the ladies to keep on and I slowed down (mile 3 was a whopping 7:25 pace!). But I knew Elise would get that PR. And she did! Elise finished at 21:52, 2nd in her age group. Leslie and Gaylia came in right by her, with 2nd and 1st places, respectively, in their groups. I finished about 20 seconds later, 22:13 taking 3rd in my age group and 13th woman overall. Watching Elise secure that PR after a year that included a painful injury that prevented her from running CIM made this race such an awesome end to a great running year!
Did you run a Christmas/holiday race this year? How did it go?