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Race Recap – Father Time Frolic

Happy New Year!

Some people talk big about getting active/healthy for the new year, but far too many people balk at the idea of exercising outside when it’s cold. What’s a great antidote to this? A race! To ring in the New Year properly, I woke up early, bundled up, and went and frolicked through the woods 🙂

Today’s race was a first for me – the winner isn’t decided based on who crosses the finish line first, it’s based on who comes in closest to their predicted time. I honestly have no chance of ever winning a race based on time, so the idea of an alternate type of race was really kind of enticing. Plus it was only $2. Can’t argue with that 😉

I’m not going to lie, I spent an embarrassing amount of time trying to determine by predicted time, looking as past paces at this distance, on this course, considering the nagging strains I’ve been feeling, etc. and finally settled on 52:38. The course is mostly rolling hills with one large hill at the turn-around point and I had no real intention of racing this one.

Low-key races put on by the Road Runners tend to be a bit smaller, and I’m sure the cold kept a few people away, but there were probably around 70 runners (and four dogs). At 8:45am runners started to emerge from their warm, comfy cars to “warm up” (a bit of a misnomer on a 23 degree day like today, if you ask me) and then line up for the 9:00am start.

Based on my goals for this race and predicted time I started out a bit slow and moved up to a comfortably fast pace after the first mile. I lost a few seconds stopping to tie my shoe, but didn’t seek to make that up. Surprisingly I ended up having to walk up the big hill for a few seconds, something I haven’t had to do in a long, long time. At the top of the hill was the turn-around, which meant a good half-mile of downhill. The rolling hills always seem larger on the return trip, and today was no exception. I ended up having to walk twice more, just a few seconds each time, and started to doubt my predicted time; I pushed harder, trying to catch up with the guy running ahead of me.

At a typical race you can see the clock as you come to the finish line, but not this one! It would be cheating if you knew your time and could adjust your pace accordingly. My legs had been feeling heavy and that, coupled with the walking, led me to believe I had really fallen off my time. I ran hard for the last half mile – even more so when I could see the finish line.

The race wasn’t chip timed, so it took a few seconds to get the finish tag off of my bib before I could turn around and look at the clock. Despite how hard the run felt, I came in at least 30 seconds ahead of my goal pace. I’m estimating a finish time of 52:04, but official times and placements haven’t been published yet. I’m not expecting to win anything, based on the past several years’ winners, but I am looking forward to seeing my name closer to the top than the bottom 🙂



Closing Out 2014

In many ways 2014 has been the best and worst year of my life. I still haven’t been able to find a new job (seriously, so many people who can’t think their way out of a paper bag have high paying jobs – what’s wrong with me??), my marriage and relationship of over a decade (you know, 1/3 of my life) ended, and I’m still living with my parents (no offense, mom and dad).

In many other ways, this has been a great year. I hit all but one of my New Year’s Resolutions – I don’t know why, but I have a very hard time reading here. I used to plow through books but just can’t seem to even get interested in them now. My running has been better than I ever could’ve imagined. I ran more miles than I thought possible. I massively PRed at every distance and in all but one race (technically, I didn’t PR at the Dreaded Druid Hills 10k, but its hills are so intense I’m classifying it separately from all other 10ks). I lost 30 pounds. And I’ve gotten more comfortable with doing things that make me uncomfortable (learning how to be single, going to parties or events where I know maybe one person, etc.). I’m still a stubborn ass, but I’m learning to be less stubborn. And although my marriage ended, we’re still friends, so it hasn’t been a total wash.

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All said and done, though, I can’t wait for 2014 to be over. I’ve been over it for some time, now I just need to wait for it to officially be over. 2014 did end on a happy note, though – I got to spend the afternoon with my Beast 🙂 Having her lean up against me and wag her tail simply melts my heart. I’m a sucker for leaners.

Looking towards 2015, many of my usual New Year’s Resolutions are continuing, but my old stand-by, try new things, isn’t even really a resolution at this point, it’s just part of my life.

2015 Goals

Hold me to these. I’m starting 2015 off with a 5 mile race on New Year’s Day morning. I’m missing the ball drop, but I’m okay with that – I had no desire to stay up until midnight anyway this year. As much as I’d love to get a kiss from my loverboy at midnight, I don’t think he can even stay awake that late.


Anyway, it’s already 2015 in Sydney, where my heart still lives, so I’m not really missing anything.

Here’s to a great 2015! Be safe tonight, everyone!



2013 in Review

Well, we are once again at the end of another year. Carson Daly is on TV, the neighbors are shooting off fireworks, and the bubbly is poured.

I must admit, I’ve been waiting for this year to be over with for several weeks now. There have been some high points – including setting a 5k and 10k PR – but pretty much everything else about this year has sucked. There were numerous personal setbacks that I haven’t discussed on here, and then breaking my leg was really just the icing on the cake. I’m very fortunate to have caring and supportive family and friends, but I really need the universe to stop being an ass.

Although my hip flexor went spastic on me during PT yesterday and my year-end run that I had hoped for today had to be cancelled, I did have a nice surprise today when I tallied up my mileage for 2013. 350 miles! This was WAY more than I had expected seeing as I’ve been injured over half of the year! This does give me hope going into 2014. If I can get strong and stay injury-free, I know I’m capable of so much.

Here’s to a fabulous 2014!