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Washington D.C. Jingle All the Way 10k!

Success!!

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I officially have a new 10k race PR (personal record)!!! Read on to see what it is ;)

As you guys know, this morning I ran the Jingle All the Way 10k here in Washington, D.C.

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It was raining, freezing cold, and generally disgusting weather for a race — but still preferable to my hot as hell half marathon, so I took it ;) (I had to take these pictures on my phone and it was unhappy with the rain, so disregard the ghetto quality and blue color)

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I loved that people wore Santa hats and fun outfits! We were also each given a jingle bell to put on our shoe. Heh.

My high school BFF, Jenny (in the middle below) came and picked me up at an ungodly hour this morning — the race STARTED at 7:30 a.m.! We had some issues finding parking and ended up arriving only about 10 minutes before the race started, but thankfully we were still able to find our friend Lara so she and Jenny could run together!

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(What the heck is that guy to the right of the photo doing?!)

Jenny and Lara were aiming to run 10 minute miles together, and I couldn’t find any of the blog friends I was planning to run with, so I headed off to the start on my own, ready to rock!

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Minus the nasty wet and cold weather, I actually felt pretty good the whole time! The course took us all along the water and past some of the monuments (although it was so foggy we couldn’t see anything) and was nice and flat. It was actually a lot of the same course that I ran for the Cherry Blossom 10 Miler back in April! Fun. Anytime I got tired, I reminded myself that this race was nearly 4 miles shorter than the race I did that day :)

I was really pleased that I was able to maintain a good pace the whole time — even getting faster as the race went on! Anytime I started slowing I pushed myself to go faster and maintain my speed. Yay!

Splits:

  • Mile 1: 8:24
  • Mile 2: 8:18
  • Mile 3: 8:25
  • Mile 4: 8:13
  • Mile 5: 8:14
  • Mile 6: 8:05
  • 0.2 nubbin pace: 7:32 (!)

Woohoo! I finished in 51:34 with an average pace of 8:15 according to my Garmin watch — we’ll see what my official time is when the results are posted, but my old PR was 53 minutes (at the 10k Turkey Trot in St. Petersburg, FL over Thanksgiving 2009 — the last time I did a 10k!), so either way, I smashed it!

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With sore legs and a smile on my face, I’m off to the enjoy the rest of the day. Racing is so addictive — I’m already thinking about my next goal being to try to finish a 10k in under 50 minutes ;) I think I enjoy challenging myself more with running speed vs. distance — how about you guys? Although I do still want to do another half marathon so I can finish in under 2 hours this time — there’s talk of doing one with my grad school friends in the spring. We’ll see!

Have a great Sunday, friends! And congrats to my girls Jenny and Lara for their awesome race times and new PR’s this morning, too :)

Comments

  1. 1

    Congratulations on a PR…and in bad weather! Very impressive!

    I’m running a 10k on Saturday at Hans Point! I’m super excited to go up to the DC area for a week!

  2. 2

    Great job! Congrats on the PR! I can’t believe how yucky the weather is today. It’s a great day to stay inside and here you were outside running a 10k. Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

  3. 3

    Congrats on the PR! I’m searching 10K’s in my area to run while I’m on break from school as well! :)

  4. 4

    Very cool on the PR, and congrats on the well-paced race. Must be so rewarding.

  5. 5

    Congrats on the PR! I was hoping to PR in this race too, but alas, not today! I’m aiming for a sub-50 minute 10K time too! As I run further, I find that I can run faster and want to push myself to do so!

  6. 6

    I love running in the rain, but only when it’s not super cold.

    Congrats!

  7. 7

    Congratulations Anne, Great Job.
    PS It’s 30 degrees and snowing in Atlanta. Yippee Skippee

  8. 8

    Congratulations!!! :)

  9. 9

    Way to go Anne!! And btw, the Cherry Blossom race is on my list of to-do races!

  10. 10

    Great job with the PR! Racing always makes my day seem so much better.

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    LOve the jingle bell on the shoe idea, fun! LOL @ that dude in the picture, I wonder what he was doing?!

    Jen

  12. 12

    Congrats on your PR!!!! Wish we could have found eachother!!!

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    Congratulations on the PR! That’s awesome!! I think after my 50K next weekend I’m going to back on focusing on speed instead of distance. It’s fun to see your times drop!

  14. 15

    That’s so awesome Anne! Congrats on your new PR :)

  15. 16

    Wonderful! Well done, Anne, and congratulations! (See, cold weather is the best for a PR!) Great work!

  16. 17

    you are so sweet….was so nice to see you this morning…congrats on your PR!!!

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    You look great and that time is awesome! It was icky weather for a run this morning, but I’d rather it be cold and damp than hot and humid. I ran the Jingle Bell 10K when it was in Fairfax, Va. a few years ago and never got over how annoyed I was by the bells on the shoes of a woman I just couldn’t get away from – I hope I don’t sound too Grinch-y. I think it was hard to find my own pace with her bell marking her pace.

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    Marilyn Lisenbee says:

    Great Job. While you were running the 10K, our soldier boy was flying home from DC. He is on leave now until he reports to his new duty station in January – Hawaii.
    Am I planning a trip? You bet!

    Have a very Merry Christmas,
    Marilyn

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    I totally ran that race yesterday, too! And PR’d! I did a 10K in September in 1:09-ish, and finished yesterday in 1:00:38! That early start was effing brutal, especially with the rain and cold. I got out of my car, walked about 10ft from my car, and then got back in the car to put on some fleece pants I brought for after. Maybe I’ll catch you at your next DC race!

  20. 23

    Congratulations! So excited to set a new PR, especially in the rain, such dedication!

  21. 24

    Great job! I live/wprk in the DC/Baltimore area. For some reason I thought you lived somewhere else? Are you just visiting or do you live in the DC area still?

    Also, how do you find out about local races? I always hear about fun 5k’s, 10k’s, etc. after they are over. My goal next year to do more. Is there a particular website you use?

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      I subscribe to Active.com and they send emails about races, and I also subscribe to a couple local running company’s email listservs, both here in DC and in NC. Their emails always include local race announcements!

  22. 27

    Oh, just saw in your previous post that are on winter break- thus in DC area briefly. (disregard my first question above) It is cold here!!!

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