Saturday, December 9

Jingle Bell Run

Today I ran the Jingle Bell Run. I had on a bit of a costume, Santa shorts and a chili pepper hat that I bought in New Mexico plus a long-sleeved t-shirt with a chili pepper on it. Unfortunately I also had two shirts on underneath because I misread the weather forecast.

I think all the clothes slowed me down a bit. I ran the race in 25:51, six seconds slower than my 5K pr from September (25:45). A friend of mine told me that he thinks the course is a bit long. Regardless of that, I didn't feel like I ran a particularly good race and that's disappointing.

However, it good to put the whole thing in context. Last year the Jingle Bell Run was my second 5K ever. I had set a New Year's Resolution to run a 5K in under 30 minutes in 2006 and I got it done at the 2005 Jingle Bell Run . Specifically, my time then was 29:52.

So, that's an improvement of four minutes and one second at the Jingle Bell Run. That's pretty good context.

It's the time of year to start thinking about resolutions and goals for the new year. Is it too ambitious to set a 5K goal of 21:50 at the Jingle Bell Run? Or knocking four minutes or more off my 5K pr in the next year and shooting for 21:45 or lower.

I could say that first things first and that means getting the 5K PR under 25.

But that's not really the case. First things first means finishing the marathon that I'm training for. And that's Rock'n'Roll Arizona.

1 Comments:

Blogger Cherie Kail said...

Hey Brian! Great job today. I meant to ask you about RC, NY earlier, but got caught in a talk-trap with Margaret Gates. she's very nearly as inspiring to me as steve prefontained, willa cather, and Marcus Aurelius (SP?) I'm glad to see both you and Mark do well. Jim's getup was a bit funny, though not the extreme I expected based on his prior commentary.

December 09, 2006 10:26 PM  

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