This last weekend, XLMIC hosted the Jingle Bell Hell 1/3 marathon. Unfortunately due to the lack of a plane ticket, and the lack of training (Stupid PF...did you know I had PF? Probably not, because I NEVER
The rules for the race:
So - with my PF (again, YES I have PF...) I am limited in distance as well as terrain. I couldn't be all badass and run a 5k straight up hill because I've been PT ordered to to lay off the hills. I had to find a short and flat course, but somehow needed to incorporate in the hell factor. I am one of those freaks who LIKES running hills because they break up the course a bit - so flat is not my favorite. In my neighborhood there is a flat loop that circles the park. Check out the elevation:
Brutal, huh? Yeah, flat as a pancake. Not very interesting. In order to up the "hellishness" aspect, the loop is only a half mile long - to get a 5k in I have to repeat it 6 times. I hate passing the end point of a run and not being able to stop. Ok. Hell course accomplished.
Leading up to the race I made sure I properly hydrated
And then it was race morning:
I got up at the crack of dawn:
|I'm trying to make this sound really "hellish", but in reality this is|
about an hour later than my normal weekly runs.
I met Michelle and Barbara and we ran the loop...6 times. Here's some highlights of the run:
Not monotonous at all. We actually tacked on another mile for good measure, making it four total in 37 minutes for 9:15 average pace. I guess we're gluttons for punishment!
So, the Jingle Bell Hell came and went. There was laughter and it was a good morning run because of the awesome company. If anyone thinks that I just took my normal morning route and played on your sympathy to turn it into a hell-worthy race report you might be right on.
Thanks for hosting the race XLMIC! It was fun and I will definitely join in next year - HOPEFULLY for the 1/3 marathon option and a truly difficult course!