Sunday, January 1, 2012

First Run/Christmas Blog Exchange

We started out 2012 with a 5K. This is one of the only races my husband ever runs with me. In fact it is the only time he runs period and he beat me!  How fair is that?  Oh well. The weather was perfect, I am used to FREEZING at this race.  There were 970 people there which I have to think is a record.  Lots of people dressed up in some great costumes although I was not one of them.

 I ran it in 28:06 with a pace of 9:06 which is pretty much what I did a lot of last year. I was happy with this.  My mile paces were: 9:31, 9:36, 8:33 last .1 8:04.  Can you tell which parts were uphill and which were downhill?  I did try to get under 28 as I approached the finish but it didn't happen.  The finish was a bit of a bottleneck and I wasn't sure exactly where the finish was.

I loved racing with my husband and my son and his dog came to cheer!  I won a random prize of $40 at a Green Life Store. I don't know what that is but I will find out. I LOVE how this race does random prizes. They draw them all while you are racing, post them on the wall with the winning bib numbers and you pick them up after the race. No long wait. No lots of drawing of numbers of people who aren't there!  

After the race we headed over to Jameson's to visit Jax and of course Jameson too.  After a lot of horsing around Jax because sleepy and wanted to snuggle! I had a very hard time leaving!

In non racing news:  I got my Christmas gift from Jill's bloggy exchange and it was perfect for me. I got a gift certificate to Dunkin Doughnuts so I can get lots and lots of coffee. I am saving it for when I get back to work.  Thanks to Jen from Miles, Muscles and Mommyhood.

I have found swimming lessons to begin in two Saturdays.  Bad part is they are about an hour away but the good part is they are cheap and you just drop in. They are targeted to adults who want more endurance or to improve for tris.  If they don't work I will try private or semi but I am hopeful it will be what I need.  This Friday I went for a second swim even though it was an off day for me.  I do truly enjoy it even though I felt more inept than usual that day.  I ran into someone today at the race who knew I was doing the tri.  I can't back out, so I better keep moving forward.


Kate Geisen said...

Either of my big boys and any of my brothers could school me in a 5k, too. But you know we could smoke these guys in a long race. :)

That puppy is too cute, and how cool is it that you found some good, cheap lessons! Hope they work out.

Amy @ Juice Boxes + Crayolas said...

I was thinking of you when I was swimming at the gym tonight and forcing myself to do JUST ONE MORE lap of freestyle instead of reverting to breast stroke!

In answer to your question about read alouds, my favorites are probably any of the Wayside School books, Matilda, and The Watsons go to Birmingham. I am reading the Harry Potter books to my kiddos this year too, and they have been loving them as much as I do!

Ewa said...

Good way to start 2012.
Do you think you could keep Jax? He is sooo cute!
Coffee certificate is a perfect gift, I think.

Jill said...

Dunkin Donuts - YUM!!

Happy New Year!! :)

Char said...

It looks like Jax might be turning you into a dog-lover after all. He's just so cute!

I can commiserate with you about getting beaten by someone who doesn't train regularly or race. That totally sucks!

Liz said...

I like the sounds of that race, but how dare your husband beat you? Good luck with the swimming lessons!

middleagedrunner said...

Nice race! That's a fun one- I did the 10K last year and loved it but just couldn't make the trip this year... They give excellent medals (such a rarity in my neck of the woods that I get pretty excited!)
Happy New Year!

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year & Congrats on your race!! Your grand-doggy is too cute!

Good luck with the swim lessons, hopefully they'll be all you need! :)

Fran said...

What a great way to start the New Year with a race. Congrats on your time, I think it's a great time.

Happy New Year Andrea.

Christi said...

Congrats on your first run of the year! That is great!

Kandi said...

What a great way to ring in the new year.
I will never tire of seeing photos of Jax. :) It makes me want another puppy.

Teamarcia said...

That pic of you and Jax is precious! Im a total sucker for a snuggly dog.
Great race, even though your hubs beat you.
Enjoy all that java!

Giorgio said...

Starting 2012 with a 5 km race is perfect!

You asked about Pigs' trotters: Yes, they're feet and are eaten in Germany too.

Happy New Year!

Black Knight said...

No matter if downhill or uphill, that is a negative split. A great way to start a good 2012.
Very kind of you to permit your husband to beat you.