New Year’s Eve never means countdown for me. Instead, I run … well, at least for the last 2 years. Just like last year, I signed up for Running Room’s Resolution 5K run at Port Credit. I normally fuel up properly for a fitness event. But I’m not sure what came over me in the AM today – maybe because it was only a 5K run?? I literally had a HUGE chocolate feast and at least 14 Belgian chocolate cookies. I knew I would suffer later but they were so yummy. Sure enough, my stomach got extremely queasy an hour before leaving for the run. Way to go!!
I arrived at Running Room 1.5 hours before the run to pick up my race kit. YAY! So excited to receive my new RR Limited-edition jacket! To kill time, I went to a nearby library. This book stared at me in the face & I succumbed:
I then went to Starbucks across the street & did some last-minute reading (or training??). I’m a procrastinator after all!!
Of course, someone had to walk by and he jokingly said “You better train up fast! The race is starting soon!” HAHA
By the time I returned to Running Room, lots of people had already gathered inside. It was almost 5pm – Time to run!!!
I had a terrific run and the weather cooperated – mild temperature, no snow, no black ice!! The route was the same as last year along the Waterfront Trail. Even with all the chocolate I ate today, I ended up setting a personal best at 25:17:66 . I’m surprised with the time because no matter how hard I tried last year, I could never go below 28min. I’m wondering whether this route was actually 5km. Interesting!!
After the run, we were greeted with delicious post-run refreshments – banana, cookies, muffins, coffee, hot chocolate. I only had coffee since I was still full. I’ve also come to realize how friendly runners are. I loved how all these random people talked to me today.
What a refreshing way to end 2011. Happy new year everyone!! I hope 2012 will bring joy, success, and happiness to all!