I ran one of my favorite 5k’s today–the Symphony of Lights in Clinton, Iowa. The race is fun because you run through a Christmas light display.
The staging area is a heated lodge, which is always a great thing for a winter race. The course itself goes through all of the roads of the city park. It’s very curvy, which I love, because you never can see far ahead and the scenery is changing. The Mississippi River is off to the right. There are several overlooks on the course. We run the bottom loop twice.
There are no big hills on the course, but it’s almost constant up and down rollers.
Here I am before the race with a few of my couch to 5k grads. How awesome is it that they are all still running? There are a few more who aren’t in the picture, too!
This was the best year for the weather. I think it was around 50! Last year it was freeeeeezing and the year before it was in the 30′s and raining, so this was awesome! The other awesome thing was the shirts. I think this is one of my favorite race shirts! It’s a long-sleeved white t-shirt with this on the front:
Like always, I started way too far back in the pack and spent a good 1/4-1/2 mile trying to get around people. Sometimes I think it’s good to do that, though, because I get upset and my adrenaline gets going, and I get into a pretty fast groove. My mile splits were 8:29, 8:51, and 9:03. I know I’m out of shape as far as speed goes, so I was not unhappy with my overall time of 26:38. It’s about a minute off of my 2013 PR, but I feel like with warmer air and fewer hills I could have eeked out another 30 seconds pretty easily.
The other cool thing about this race is the awards! I got 2nd in my age group and received this medal. I am going to take off the strap and make it into an ornament!
Afterwards, my friend and I went out for dinner and then Christmas shopping. I have almost all of my Christmas shopping done! I don’t even know who I am anymore!
Who else raced this weekend?
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