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Frostbite Series 12K

December 11, 2010

The little boy I babysat last night was so adorable. Aside from the fact that he is a sugar addict and I had to convince him that his Nutrigrain bar was actually apple pie so he’d stop digging into the freezer (worked like a charm), he was extremely well behaved. We watched Toy Story 3 and at the end of the movie he made me pick him up so we could dance “cheek to cheek“. For real, 2 year old? You are going to be such a stud.

I packed dinner instead of getting take out because I’m trying to be better with my food spending — hummus & laughing cow sandwich with tomato and spinach on TJ’s sprouted grain bread. I also had a bunch of steamed veggies and dug a lemon Luna Bar out of my purse. Throughout the night I also had some squares of dark chocolate, handfuls of mixed nuts, and an apple.

The little boy may have been begging for food all night, but he rejected the carrots I offered him. Ha.



This morning I was having major deja vu when I woke up to 40 degrees and raining before my 12k race. It is a series of 5 races throughout the winter and was relatively cheap, so I wasn’t going to feel too bad about skipping one, but my body woke me up naturally and I decided that I would rather run 7.5 miles WITH people than on a treadmill by myself.

I had my standard pre-race breakfast of PB&Banana toast and coffee (as well as some triscuits) and headed to Forest Park.

The race was much bigger than I had expected! I love that the running scene in St. Louis is getting so much bigger.

The start was extremely uneventful and I wasn’t sure when to start my Garmin, but it ended up not mattering because it died halfway through. I wasn’t feeling too strong for the first couple miles and thought seriously about quitting. The fact that it started pouring at mile two didn’t help much either. But luckily I started to chat with a girl that just ran the NYC marathon and is going to school at Washington University for Public Health and that helped pass the time for a few miles.

My hamstrings started to tighten up around mile 5.5, but I pushed through and I think I finished somewhere around 1:04. That would make my average pace around 8:30, but I’ll have to check official race times. I ended up seeing some old friends at the race — a girl I danced with that now has a 3:24 marathon PR (!!) and a girl from high school that now works with my brother. So despite being soaking wet and exhausted, it was a good morning.

Very glad my mom suggested I wear a hat



When I got home I immediately took a hot shower. Then I chugged some water and foam rolled.

I’m usually not hungry after I run, but today I was starving! I reheated some of the Curried Sweet Potato soup (mmmm) and also had 2 clementines and some more Triscuits.


On the Agenda for today is :


Making granola to take as a gift for my company’s Holiday party tonight

Maybe 5pm Mass

Maybe get a Christmas Tree if it’s not still raining

Maybe change out of my shamrock pajama pants


Tomorrow = rest day and no alarm set! Can’t wait!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. December 11, 2010 1:25 pm

    I wish there were more race opportunities for me during the winter! A hat is a must for me when running in the rain. Enjoy your day!

  2. squigglefloey permalink
    December 11, 2010 2:34 pm

    Eee! Congrats on the race! So happy for you, I know you were worried last night!!!
    haha I think someone has a crush on you ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. December 11, 2010 8:05 pm

    Im glad you ran the race despite the weather ๐Ÿ˜‰
    There is a winter running series right by me but i realized the first one i missed and the last one is the day of my half marathon and ill be in florida so that didnt work out to well for me. Ive been to lazy to run outside lately and its been SO COLD… I need some outdoor motivation, i dont wanna get treadmill burnt out in week 2 of training haha

  4. December 12, 2010 8:39 am

    congratulations on your race. i have that hat too ;). my Mom got it for mewhen she was visitng St. Louis. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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