Good morning! Here’s just a quick recap of breakfast, so I can tell you guys about the race!
This morning’s breakfast was banana oats with a big scoop of Barney Butter and topped with Zoe’s Cinnamon Raisin Granola.
I am loving Zoe’s granola! I’ve had it in the past, but just recently, they changed their recipe. Zoe’s granola clusters are crunchy, sweet, and delicious… and they’re good for you! Every serving of Zoe’s Granola naturally provides fiber (7 g), protein (8 g), omega-3s (115% DV), and iron (10% DV). I especially love the big nuggets of granola– perfect for snacking right from the box!
Jingle Bell 5K
Road races are so fun! Seriously, why don’t I run more of them!? I had such a blast yesterday at the Jingle Bell 5K! It was easily the most delightful race I’ve ever run! Everyone was dressed in festive holiday gear– from Santa hats to elf ears to Christmas pajamas to candy cane striped socks and tights. I even saw a dog in a reindeer costume and a guy dressed as Santa carrying a homemade wooden sleigh running the race! I felt so of out of place without any fun holiday garb! (Mental note: Dress up for Jingle Bell run next year!)
In addition to the festive costumes, the atmosphere of the race was wonderful too. Everyone was in a jolly mood, and the start/finish area for the race had Christmas music playing non-stop. All I want for Christmas is You by Mariah Carey pumped through the speakers right before the race began. It’s one of my favorite holiday songs, and it psyched me up for the race!
When the race started, it was a mob scene! There was no pushing or shoving (it wasn’t that type of race), but the crowd of 3,181 runners was massive! The streets of Davis Square were packed! It took me a good 60-70 seconds to cross the start line, so the beginning of my race was sort of slow, especially since I had to weave in and out of slower runners. The pack never really thinned out, but I got into a grove with some faster runners and tried to keep up my pace. I loved running along, listening to my iPod, and seeing a sea of santa hats! It was quite the sight! It actually made me giggle to myself while running!
After mile 1, my lungs burned from the cold air, but I was feeling good. However, as soon as I hit mile 2, my legs suddenly felt like a million pounds. Ugh. Hate that! My original plan was to pick up the pace at the last mile, but my legs weren’t having it! I kept trucking along, but it wasn’t enjoyable. Around the last 400 meters or so, I picked up the pace to finish strong. I was happy about the race that I ran, but I think I could have pushed harder towards the end. Oh well, next time, right? I accomplished my goal of improving upon my personal best by more than a minute! My Jingle Bell 5K race time was 25:35 (8:14 pace)! I got faster!
Even though this race was just a 5K, it made me realize that I can accomplish my running goals if I put my mind to it. Cheesy, but true! For this reason, yesterday I officially registered for the Run to Remember Half Marathon in May!!! I’ve never run more than 9 miles or so at once, so this race is going to be a challenge for me. If anyone else is interested in running the Run to Remember, please let me know. Perhaps we can get a training group together? Drop me an email if you’re interested!
Jingle Bell 5K race goodies: my medal for finishing!
A sweet forest green t-shirt with the Grinch on it!
P.S. The best part about yesterday’s race: Finishing and seeing a pug dressed in a Santa suit! It totally made my day!
Question of the Day
What do you think about New Years resolutions? Do you make them? Are you successful with keeping them?