Historically, December has not been a good month for me. While most people are going to parties, shopping, running jingle bell races, and enjoying the cold weather, i am usually working late, sitting in traffic, getting fat, not running, and isolating myself from the world. It's still going to happen this year, but i at least made an effort to not sit in traffic, run, socialize with another human being, and be festive.
Last night i ran the Zion reindeer run 5k with Bobbi! She lives up north, and i work up north, so she told be about this small weeknight race that would get me out of traffic, and be a small community race (no anxiety! YAY!) I don't know what it is about Bobbi, but she knew exactly what i needed.
I drove up and parked AT THE START LINE 15 minutes before the race. I picked up my packet, which had a long sleeve tech, antlers, gloves, a hat, and few other things. I went to the indoor bathroom that had no line, and then walked out to the start line. I don't why this brings me so much joy, but it does. I have actually only run one timed 5k in my life. It was the 2011 Carrera de los Muertos, which i half walked/half ran with a friend. My time was 36:11. I was fairly certain that with Bobbi's guidance, i could beat that time.
|Bobbi and I before the race|
Fun fact: when looking through the photos from the night, Bobbi noticed that this guy in jeans beat me, and peed himself in the process of doing so. I'm not judging, i'm impressed! And, let he who has not peed themselves a little during a race cast the first stone. (Spoiler: it won't be me. Although i am normally running a marathon, and have never peed enough for it to be visible. for the record.)
|Congratulations, you earned it. I mean it.|
They had snacks like pretzels, animal crackers, and bananas, and pizza was on the way! We snagged some pizza, and they had a raffle while all the finishing times were being sorted out. I won some fancy vitamins!
|A whole evening of winning!|
It turned out i ran the 5k in 26:18, which is a ten minute PR, and because my age group only contained 5 other girls, it landed me in 1st place for my age group! THIS GIRL. WON A MEDAL. NOT FOR PARTICIPATION. And Bobbi, who is the only reason i didn't just start walking half way through, won 2nd for her age group!
|After the awards were given out|
Regardless of how small the field is, this marks a transition in my running. I am no longer a "participant". I am now a "competitor" I totally understand why people work so hard to improve, because now i want another medal, and i want it bad. Winning is awesome. And, i have realized that 5k's aren't so terrible. I mean, yeah, you consider vomiting the entire time, but it's over almost as soon as it begins. So that's kind of fun.
So, with that, the 2012 race season is over for me.
|I wore the medal all night. And drank wine.|
I'm just kidding. I already am signed up for two marathons next year. The crazy never stops, kids.