Home For The Holidays Virtual 10 K (Race Recap)

Last week I registered for the Home for the Holidays Virtual 10K organized by Ashley, Robin and Stephanie at A Healthy Happier Bear, mostly for the motivation to get in a decent run over the holiday weekend, but it didn’t hurt that they are offerring amazing prizes!

I thought I might be able to do the 10K on Christmas morning before my kids (teenagers) got up, but my daughter left me a note saying that she was going to try to get up at 8:00, so I decided to wait until Monday.
When I went to bed on Christmas night I was glad that I had signed up for this race, because I knew it was going to motivate me to get out for a run in the morning, even though I was exhuasted from two days of baking and cooking.
Monday I slept until the sun woke me up at 7:30, fed my daughter’s cat and then emptied the dishwasher and set up the coffee pot while she ate. It was in the low 40s, so I wore my running tights, a thick turtleneck top, light weight gloves and a hat. I set my Garmin for 6.2 miles, put my “Xmas Run” playlist on shuffle, and headed out.  After my walking warm-up, it was about 8:30 when I hit start on my Garmin.
I ad-libbed a hilly neighborhood route and enjoyed the crisp air, bright sunshine and blue skies. There weren’t very many people out, but I saw a few neighbors walking their dogs and a few runners. I was surprised at my pace (9:20-ish splits), but I was pushing myself up the hills and burning off the residual holiday stress (and possibly putting a dent in the holiday calories!). 
My route ended up being the perfect distance. I hit 6.2 miles about 1/2 block from my usual stopping point.
I was very happy with my finish time (57:44) and ready to enjoy that coffee with a Christmas cookie while I fixed myself a fried egg with cornbread stuffing and cranberry relish for breakfast!
Did you get any exercise over the holiday weekend?
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6 Responses to Home For The Holidays Virtual 10 K (Race Recap)

  1. FindingMyHappyPace says:

    REALLY? You have a mat outside of your door like that? I want.
    Good idea on the virtual 10k race!

  2. Jeannie Gilbert says:

    Great way to get the week started!

  3. Stephanie says:

    Thanks for running! This is great and I absolutely love your blog header 🙂 so cool. Glad you participated

  4. Carly D. @ CarlyBana says:

    Your door mat is amazing!!

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