I set up CarlyBananas a few days ago but decided to wait until I had something exciting to write about before going live. This morning, in the icky cold wintery rain, I ran the Jingle All The Way 10K with my boyfriend and awesome friend Suze.
The race was an out and back on Ohio Drive around Hains Point, smack in the middle of the Potomac River. On a nicer day, this is a beautiful route. Today it was so foggy and rainy that you couldn’t see across the water and the race course was covered in puddles. But the crazy running crowd braved the elements with bells on (literally – all runners got little jingle bells attached to twisty ties at packet pick-up. We had ours attached to our shoelaces, ponytails and hats!) and more than 4,000 runners came out.
Unfortunately, we really underestimated the crowds and really had a hard time parking. We ended up parking all the way out at 18th & E and had a 20 minute walk to the start line which was across a very muddy football field at East Potomac Park. As we were crossing the mud pit we saw the crowd start to move so we just hopped in and started running without really stretching, which probably wasn’t the smartest idea in 40 degree weather.
Despite the weather and the crowds I ran a very consistent race and I’m quite proud of it. I missed my Rockville 10K PR time by 16 seconds, which would normally make me a little sad but today I held a really steady pace for 6.2 miles – something I normally have a very hard time with (at Rockville my time per mile steadily went up by about 30 seconds each mile).
2:37 (9:43 pace)
I wish I could take all the credit for my awesome pacing today was my first run with my awesome new Garmin 305 (I named him Artie) and it was so unbelievably helpful.
I think it will be tremendously useful as I continue my running journey.
I’ll leave you all with a picture of the worlds more horrible race shirt. It looks a little bit like the Jamaican flag threw up and out of the mess came two runners that vaguely resemble the ninja turtles.
Please excuse the bed head, there’s been a lot of napping here this afternoon!
Do you have any horrible race shirts? What do you do with them?