We did manage our traditional Midnight Mile last night. Wolfgang is nursing a sore foot and didn't think he should run, so he very sadly went to a party. But the rest of us were up for it. It was a relatively balmy 30 degrees. I suggested we go topless (within reason) to make it more extreme, but that idea was met with little enthusiasm.
We agreed on shorts and short sleeves.
No rules limiting hats and/or gloves however.
Even so, it was quite mild, and we all agreed afterwards that topless would've been very doable, although a bit unattractive...
I managed to catch a few zzz's before the alarm summoned me to get my butt to the start of the annual New Year's Rescue Run 10k. It was still in the 30's, but the yuck wind had come for a visit.
As expected because of the mild weather, there was a pretty good crowd. I lined up with the rest of the revelers, and soon we were off. The course is very hilly, with a steep beyotch of a hill shortly after the start. This hill served to weed out a few of the pack, and by the time I thankfully got to the top, I didn't feel so crammed in.
The remainder of the race was pretty comfortable and those hills rewarded us with beautiful views of the city and beyond to the east and the mountains to the west, but we continued to be battered by a cold north wind. Since it's an out-and-back-loop, eventually those nasty hills became friendly downhills and the headwinds became tailwinds.
When I ran this race for the first time last year, it was fairly icy and so the downhills didn't help a whole lot. This morning, without the ice, I tried to take better advantage. I seem to have learned to fall downhill quite well while appearing to be running.
As I neared the finish, I noticed bystanders cheering me on as if there weren't too many women in front of me. In the end, I took 5th overall for the ladies and 1st for the old ladies. Wheee! Official time of 47:08, which I was happy with as my goal was to be sub-50.
I received a gift card to a local seafood restaurant and this lovely gold medal. I'm sure it's real solid gold.
Happy New Year!
For Mama Kat's
5.) How did you bring in the New Year?