Happy New Year! I had a great time with friends and hubby last night, and started it out with a night race in Chattanooga - the Karen Lawrence Run for St. Jude. It was billed as a 4 mile race and has been for the last 30 years, but this year the course was 4.6 miles instead. They were pretty upfront about it AFTER the fact, but I definitely didn't know that going in.
I have to tell you guys straight up - my time was 42:34. Um....even for the 4.6 mile course, that's still roughly my average run pace. Boo. But it's fine, I have tons of excuses! No, I won't bore you with my excuses. I've been a negative Nancy about it lately and I'm over it. Let's focus instead on the positives of the race, shall we?
1. Hubby joined in on the fun! He kicked my butt and raced so well - especially because he definitely was expecting a shorter course. Go Tim!!!
2. The race has been going on since 1979, and raises money for St. Jude. I love when a race supports a charity, and there was a great feel in the community for the race.
3. Even though it was surprisingly warm for a night race on December 31st (50 degrees-perfect!) they had a big indoor area to wait until the race began. Also plenty of snacks, bottled drinks and beer after the race.
After the race, of course I took a warm shower, stretched and spent plenty of time getting dressed up and ready for my NYE party in town. Wait....no, no I didn't. I got dressed on the 5th floor of a parking garage. I do classy so well. I made sure to use plenty of baby wipes, so that's practically a shower. We headed with another couple to a great local restaurant called Lupi's:
We feasted on some awesome spicy chicken and pineapple pizza, lots of bruschetta and some beers and ciders. Sound like a party? It was. It also ended by 9, and we were home by 10. Par-tay! I did manage to stay up until midnight to avoid general mocking.
Today on the schedule was a 10 mile run, but since my ankle is deciding to be a big time party pooper it's going to be a rest day instead. Nothing like starting the New Year out with a bang...fizzle...nothing.
How was your NYE? Did you manage to stay up past midnight?
I was pretty tired at 10pm! I didn't think I could make it until 12. So proud of myself. This was probably the latest I've been up in the last year.
Have you ever had a longer/shorter course in a race?
I usually have a Garmin difference, but I attribute that to the fact that I never run tangents. I think every race I've run has been on target until this one. I kept thinking about Alyssa's ultra and reminding myself that 4.6 miles is much easier to run than 55 miles. Read here if that boggles your mind.