Dec 31, 2014
Well today was the 5th anniversary of my running in the Great New Year’s Eve Race 5K – the last race of the year! It was at that first one in 2010, very early in my running career, that I ran into an old high school friend, Stephen Trier at the race. This was before I had run any distance beyond 3 miles and it was fun to hear Stephen talk about his experiences with marathons. Little did I know that the following September I would run my very own first marathon…and that he would appear around mile 21 to cheer me on. But that is another story for another day. (BTW – It is actually already written under the “Me and My Kicks on Route to 26” category on this blog!) But I digress.
So 5 years later it only makes sense that I run into another old high school friend and fairly new runner today – Debbie!
Here we are in our pre-race selfie!
It was chilly and windy today during the race with temps of about 26 degrees. It was dry, however, and nice and sunny which helped – a bit! The crowd was a little more sparse than last year with only about 500 runners. Deb and I ran together for about the first mile which was fun! I ran pretty well – went out fast and then decided to walk a bit of the last hill which ate up some time. I was okay with my time, however: 32:43 or 10:32/mile. It was not my best, nor my worst. I placed 352/490 overall and 17/33 in my age-group.
This year they added a cool new award for the “every man” and “every woman”. They recognized both the woman and man with times right in the middle of the pack with an award, $100, and a free massage! Sadly, that wasn’t me, but kuddos to the Summit Athletic Running Club for adding an award for the non fasties!! It is always such a well organized and well-run race. Happy to be a part of it again this year and look forward to registering early for next year in order to get the sweet hoodie!!