The Rudolph Ramble was my first 8K race, which was exciting and not a race distance you see often. I enjoyed the distance, which is almost five miles.
|The great long sleeve tech shirt we got.|
|Waiting in the cold to start|
|And we're off!|
My goal for this race was mainly to have fun (which is a major reason I sign up for races anyway). I was also hoping to complete the race just around an hour. Most of my other five mile runs were about five to eight minutes over an hour, so I was hoping to beat that. I went for it and ran pretty much the whole race. I only walked through the water stops! I started running using the run/walk method (and still use it), but when I run longer than I knew I could with little to no walk breaks I am always amazed. For fuel I had some Honey Stingers about halfway through. The first mile was cold, but I soon began to warm up and even felt kind hot for the last mile.
I tried to race by effort and only looked at my Garmin about four times during the run. Turning in mile three we started to run into the wind. I felt like I was putting forth the same effort as the first two miles, but when I glanced at my Garmin, my pace was not showing that; the wind definitely took some of it. On the way back the wind was at our backs for the last mile or so, which was nice. In the last mile I picked up my pace and made small goals to pass certain people.
|I loved these ladies' costumes (which I told them as I passed). I just couldn't be beat by a present!|
|No race is complete without my post race thumbs up pose!|
There was a mini costume contest which I stuck around to see. There were some great costumes. The winners were chosen by crowd applause. The tree and present I passed ended up winning which I thought was well deserved considering they ran with such big costumes!
|Santa and some Elves|
|Rudolph, the Heat Miser, a Present and Christmas Tree|
Thanks Fleet Feet for the race entry and for putting on another great race!
Have you participated in a holiday race this season?