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Portland Jingle Bell 5k Race Recap

This past Sunday, I got the opportunity to run my first race out of state at the Portland Jingle Bell 5k! It was a very well organized small race that was an out and back along the water front in Portland. I wore a long sleeve Nike shirt underneath my jacket and long Lucy pants. I was really nervous that I would be too cold, but I wasn’t at all! I also wore my Monkey Beanie to the start line, but traded it in for my North Face headband/ear warmers for the run as the beanie would have gotten too hot. I also made sure to wear my Adidas running gloves because I didn’t want my fingers to get too cold.

It was about 43 degrees at the start line, which is a little chilly for me but I was ready to go and got excited as I haven’t run a race in a long time. I ended up lining up pretty close to the front of the pack. There were a lot of runners there, but it was a relatively small race.

Behind me, the line was quite packed, but there were a lot of walkers, that gathered on the other side of the fence and then started after the runners.

In front of me was the lovely starting line! I was right in there by the 7-8 minute per mile sign, but I should have probably moved back a ways into the pack. It just was kind of where I fit in with the crowd and I just went with it. After a few minutes of waiting, we were off! It was a great route and I caught myself looking up often at all the buildings around us and over at the water front. I wish I got more pictures, but with my iphone shoved deep into my pockets and my mittens on it was really hard to get it out to take any pictures so I didn’t get any. Before I knew it we were at the 1.5 mile turn around and we were on our way back in.

I was cruising along and enjoying the race. The first 1.5 miles were pretty slow and I felt like my body was warming up. As soon as we hit mile 2, I was off and feeling good, then the race was over. HA!

It seemed like the race just started and I was already heading towards the finish line! It was a really fun race  and even though I was battling a cold throughout the week, I only had a little bit of a runny nose while running, which wasn’t too bad.  Here’s the official stats.  I finished in 25:37, was 239 overall, 76th in Women and 12th in my age division of 25-29. GAH, my first race in the 25-29 age division! That puts me at 8:14 per mile pace. I think my first 1.5 miles were slower and I picked it up during the last portion of the race. I haven’t run a short race in a long time, and man, I’m reminded after that 5k that I need to get my butt back into training land! I wasn’t winded or anything after the race but I need to start putting in the miles to get my base back up and ready for the halfs I want to take on… like the one AT THE END OF THIS MONTH!


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  • Reply Tim

    Nice job on the cold race. It is nice to run a short race after not doing so in a while, but they are quite different. It is also cool to be able to run a race in a different state if you are not used to doing so (I would like to do that more)

    December 7, 2010 at 11:19 am
  • Reply Morgan

    LOVE the pony tail flying shot! Great job out there, welcome to my age group! LOL! :)

    December 7, 2010 at 11:50 am
  • Reply Nobel4Lit (A Case of the Runs)

    Yes, I also got into that age group this year… I had once placed in my AG and now probably won’t do it again!

    December 7, 2010 at 12:02 pm
  • Reply aron

    nice job girl!!! love your little hat lol and welcome to my age group, we will share it for one more year ;)

    December 7, 2010 at 12:28 pm
  • Reply Nicole

    woot woot for a great race! love the hat too!

    December 7, 2010 at 1:14 pm
  • Reply Toronto Girl West

    Impressive kick at the end there Missy! :oP

    And btw, I hope B’s father is doing better. I’ve been praying.

    December 7, 2010 at 8:28 pm
  • Reply Bonnie

    Impressive time!
    I just bought a penguin hat like that in NYC the night before Thanksgiving…and I’m bummed I didn’t buy more “creatures”

    December 7, 2010 at 9:29 pm
  • Reply Nelly

    Nice job! 5Ks are just so short, that it almost seems sort of like an all out sprint the whole time. I haven’t ran a 5K in forever, the last time might be in 2000 or something. To get a good 5K time, you might have to warmup with a solid mile beforehand to get the heartrate going so that you’re ready to go all out when the race starts. But sounds like you enjoyed yourself =)

    December 8, 2010 at 2:54 pm
  • Reply Christy

    Great race! I just moved up to the 25-29 age group last year & it’s definitely harder to get a better place than in the previous age group!

    December 9, 2010 at 8:55 am
  • Reply diane

    glad you enjoyed it up here in Portland! you got back just in time though-3 days straight of rain makes running wet and soggy!

    December 9, 2010 at 6:20 pm
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