My last race for 2011 was the Resolution Run 5k, put on by the Running Room. I agreed to do the event a few months ago when my running friends told me about the jacket participants get for doing the race, in lieu of a shirt.
Before the race, I met the running group at 3 Squares for pre-race fuel (i.e. food and beer). I ordered the sled dogs (mini hot dogs), sweet potato fries with garlic aioli dipping sauce and a Summit Oatmeal Stout. Everything was delicious, though I was pretty sure eating and drinking that much before a race was bound to be bad news.
The temperature at the start of the race was 41 degrees at 5:30 pm….on New Year’s Eve…inMinnesota! Unheard, yes, but welcome! I ended up changing jackets because it was too warm for my original choice. I was wearing thin long johns, my running pants, a thin moisture wick long sleeve tshirt, Eddie Bauer jacket, Bondi Band running hat and my headlamp.
There were only about 250-275 participants and the race course was three laps around a small lake (pond?) inMaple Grove. There was no chip timing, just a race clock at the finish line.
I started the race a bit slower than normal because I was pretty sure that I would either get bored with the course and/or suffer stomach cramps from eating less than an hour before the race. My first lap went well, though I had to shed my hat and head lamp and roll up the sleeve of my jacket. My first lap was about 11:07.
As I approached the finish line after the second lap, I saw it was a faster lap and if I ran just a tad faster, I could set a new PR. I pulled my jacket off, tying it around my waist. All of the items in my pockets were swaying around and hitting me in the back of my left leg as I ran, but I focused on running a little faster.
Rounding the corner for the final stretch, I glanced at my watch and saw I was still on track for a PR, so I kicked it into high gear and sprinted to the finish line. The four women I run with most were there, yelling my name and I crossed the line and I’m sure I was smiling. I threw my hands in the air and said, “A new PR!”
I figure a new 5k PR of 32:03 is a good way to say farewell to 2011. It was a great ending to a fantastic year, especially considering I logged over 20 miles that week, which is quite a bit more than my usual 7-10 miles.
After the race, I headed home to ring in the New Year with my two favorite guys; Nate and Kiddo. We ate snacks and watched the ball drop.
The final count: 16 races and 175 miles run in 2011