So, I was getting over a cold this weekend and I decided to not set goals. Hey, what happens, happens. It's freezing, which changes running, I have been coughing like crazy to start with, so expectations, while not low, weren't at their highest.
It was freezing. Freeeeezing. My running tights were doing their job, as were the arm warmers. All I wished for were gloves. Though, by a half mile in, my fingers were no longer numb and I was warmed up.
About a mile in, I met up with my friends, who we missed at the start (there's a ton of people at this race in very little space). L and I ran the rest of the race together, which helped me to not walk for all but a water stop. I'm obnoxious with needing water during a run and need to stop at every water station, even though I was carrying a water bottle. At the end, we sprinted it out together and both beat our 2010 times! Thanks, L, for helping me through the race!
I also ended up with my 2011 PR, 35:47. About 5 minutes better than last year, and only about 1:40 behind my all time PR. Couple more 5ks this year to make that happen. Now that I'm feeling better, back to training to make that happen.