a Bri Gaal's Blog: Jolly Elf Trail Run 5k

Monday, December 14, 2009

Jolly Elf Trail Run 5k

This past Saturday Marty and I did a local 5k in Bond Park. If I’m being honest, I need to admit that I totally tried to talk Marty out of doing this race. And only because it was going to be hella cold in the morning. I really have no problem racing – I think doing road races is an excellent way to get feedback on how the training is going as well as get in a great effort for a hard workout. I don’t get all tied up in pr’ing or any of that. I know some people only want to race if they’re going to race well, but I can compartmentalize and race for fun when I want to.

Anyways, Marty wasn’t budging and I grudgingly got up the next morning. I immediately checked the weather and the feels like temperature was 23 degrees. Awesome. We dressed in many layers and then jogged over to the park, much to the dismay of Tassie who watched us from the window as we took off. Since we were both running and weren’t taking a car, we couldn’t take her with us. So I was warm I guess on the way over and even took off a layer before the start because I didn’t want to overheat. I still had on fleece tights, a short sleeve base layer, and long sleeve shirt that had a little turtleneck, warm hat, running gloves (that were not thick enough), and smart wool socks.

The other fun thing about this race is that it’s mostly cross country – trails and hills and even a big wide open field for the start (about 150 yards long) with a sharp turn at the end. There is some greenway pavement mixed in. So the race went well – it was cold and my hands went completely numb, but I was pleasantly surprised to run an 18:54 out there. Unfortunately, even though once again I was signed up as Bri, the results have me as Brianna. I guess I’m entered into their database incorrectly. Marty sent a strongly worded email asking them to fix it – something I would never do since I’m too much of a coward at confrontation. Although, complaining about it to the world on here doesn’t seem to bother me.


At December 14, 2009 2:11 PM , Blogger runningyankee said...

tell marty to put together a petition. we can picket and sing protest songs. will be fun.

At December 14, 2009 2:19 PM , Blogger Jennifer Harrison said...

crack me up! Great win! I would have raced in shorts! LOL...glad Marty got you out the door!

At December 14, 2009 2:51 PM , Blogger Beth said...

Congrats on a great race!! 23 is cold - let alone cold for NC!! :) Here's hoping they get your name right next time...

At December 15, 2009 10:05 PM , Blogger Angela said...

Next time bring Tassie and I'll hook her onto the wagon. I'm sure the boys would have loved that!

Great race.

At December 16, 2009 3:31 PM , Blogger Angela and David Kidd said...

Jen is serious. She would have raced in shorts. Since I was in NC this weekend and heard everyone complain about how cold it was, I understand how you locals thought it was cold but....I thought it was fantastically warm. Great job on sucking it up and running a great race.


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