Saturday, December 5, 2009

Jingle Bell Run for Arthritis

It has been freaking cold here in the high desert of New Mexico. This morning was no exception. It had only warmed up to 24 degrees at the start of the Jingle Bell Run. Brrrrrrr. Freezin' our assets, we were...

I decided to run in a hat, gloves, tights, short sleeves, long sleeves, and a fleece. This turned out to be just right. I was chilly at the start line, but comfy after we got moving. Of course, I was freezing again at the end when we stopped running.

The course consisted of two unequal "loops"; the first loop was long and the second loop was short. They started the runners ahead of the walkers, but I encountered quite a bit of walker traffic on the second loop. I will never understand why walkers always seem to feel the need to walk 6 abreast, leaving little room for the runners on the trail. *shakes head*

Husband told me he was going to run his own pace, so I was on my own this time. No worries, that's what I expected. But WOW, he really kicked some ice out there. His finish time was ~25:30 which was good enough to earn him a 3rd place AG award. Yay!!

I was quite pleased with my finish time of ~29:10 until I realized that the course was short; it measured 3 miles instead of 3.1. Still not a bad time for me, just not as good as I thought, and right on my typical 5K pace.

This was my 4th year running in this event, and it's one I hope to be able to do again next year!

17 comments:

  1. Good job and congrats to your hubby!

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  2. Congrats to you both! Great job getting out in the cold.

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  3. Nice job Lisa! How wonderful is that, we were running the same race... just in different places! :)

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  4. Well done, especially in the cold.

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  5. well done Lisa, and congrats to hubby too!

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  6. Sounds like a fun event, and "brrrrr!" about that cold!

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  7. Congrats on a great race! Wow it's cold in NM--don't think I've ever been there...

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  8. Good job, Lisa! Congrats to the hubs too :)

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  9. Sounds fun, congrats to your hubby. I ran a Jingle Bell Run with my hubby yesterday (his first race) and he won an award in his age group as well. :)

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  10. My 10K this morning seems absolutely balmy at 33˚F compare with yours. Congrats to your hubby for the AG award!!

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  11. nicely done... I especially like the wintery flavors :-)

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  12. Wow, that IS cold - for the desert. :)

    Congrats to both of you!

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  13. Man that's a lot of layers. Glad you bundled up! Congrats to both you and husband on great times!

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  14. Congrats! That's a great time :) It's fun to run a race every year!

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  15. Congrats - great race!
    (the walker thing drives me nuts...as a I run, I get out of the way..why can't they?)

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