We did wind up going out for a very brief time on New Year's Eve but we were home by 7:30 and I was in bed by 9:30. Unfortunately someone in the neighborhood decided to set off fireworks at midnight, which led to a barking fit by Emma. Once we got her settled back down, I tossed and turned in bed until at least 1:30 am, at which point I decided to turn off my alarm clock. I figured I'd be tired and wouldn't mind sleeping in on New Year's Day so I decided to bag the race.
I don't know why, but even with that fitful night of sleep I woke up at 7:10 am. I laid in bed doing the math, and figured since I had just been to this race site three days before, I was going to go for it. I knew the parking situation, the packet pick up situation, the bathroom situation, and the course. I knew I'd regret it if I didn't go, so I quickly got dressed and headed out.
I got there in plenty of time, got my packet, and watched the half marathoners head out.
|It was much colder than I expected.|
A few minutes later the 10k group headed out and it was time for me to line up with the 5k group. Since I wasn't feeling well rested and my legs were still protesting the 10k from Saturday, I decided to line up towards the back of the pack. We counted down and off we went.
|Lots of families out there.|
I walked for the first five minutes and then switched to 3:1 run/walk intervals. I was glad that I had done the 10k on Saturday because I was prepared for how hilly the course was going to be.
|A bright sunny morning.|
I wound up walking some of the uphills on the way back. I'd never done a 10k and a 5k so close together - particularly on such a hilly course - so my legs were really feeling it. And I was so happy that I only planned on the 5k that morning.
|Sprinting towards the finish.|