Sunday, December 2, 2012

Jingle Bell Rock 5k Race Recap and Happy Raceversary to me!

Yesterday's race was an important race for me.  One year ago was my very first 5k and it was at the very same Jingle Bell Rock 5k.  I went into yesterday excited because that one race turned out to be such a significant step in my running journey.

I can remember last year being totally freaked out.  I had gone through couch to 5k, but was not nearly as persistent as I should have been.  It was going to be cold.   Was I going to walk?  Would I leave my friend that I was doing it with?  If so would that be weird?  I mean, we signed up together shouldn't we finish together?  It turned out ok,  it wasn't that cold, I did walk and I did leave my friend.  I finished that first race at 40:18 by chip time.  Not spectacular, but not super bad for a first timer.  The big thing was that I did finish, and I wasn't last.  It also got me hooked on racing.

I would have never imagined at that time that I would be sitting here a year later having now 13 races in belt. Most 5k's but also an 8k, a 15k, and two legs of a marathon relay that equaled out to be 10.6 miles.  Also, I  had no intention of running a Half Marathon.   Not once did I think I would be where I am today.  But I am and I couldn't imagine my life without running now.

As far as the Jingle Bell Rock yesterday, it was the exact same route as last year, the same set up, the same charity.  Nothing with the race had changed.  I'm not saying that in a bad way, familiar is good.  I knew what to expect.  I knew it would be fun.  After two bigger races it was nice to be back at home. It was my first race in my new Brooks Pure Cadence as well, but more about them on another day.

The main thing that was different about the race was me.  I was far more confident in my abilities and in myself.  I also went into it knowing that I would probably be able to beat my time for last year. And I did.  Not only did I beat my time from last year, I PR'ed my 5k time.  I finished according to my Nike+ GPS in 29:56, by chip time 30:16.  Obviously, I prefer the Nike+ time.  Not quite sure how the differed by that much as I started it right as I crossed but really it doesn't matter.  Aside from the fact that I appeared to have finally broken the 30 minute time frame and for the first time, I'm actually pretty happy with the final results.

All in all a great first Raceversary if I do say so myself.  Can't wait to see where I am a year from now.