Man! It has been a busy, busy couple of months.
That’s what happens after Freep. I find myself catching up on everything. Its nice to finally say that the year is starting to wrap up and maybe, just maybe I will find myself hitting the roads (or even better, the trails).
Detroit Turkey Trot 2013
Once again my sister-in-law, Emily, and I ran the Detroit Turkey Trot. This was probably my favorite year to date. We made it down with plenty of time to spare. I grabbed an awesome parking spot just 2 blocks from the start, so I didn’t have to rush.
The people behind the race made some major improvements over the past races:
- A new course that reaches the DIA and back along the parade route (and avoids the busted cobblestone road, Michigan Ave).
- Separate start times for the 5K and 10K. No more overly congested roads for the first 2.7 miles.
- Fairly well enforced wave start. Not 100%, but at least I wasn’t running pass walkers for the first mile.
Some might say it was cold. I guess you could say that — I actually wore pants and a long-sleeve. Last year I was in shorts and a tank. It also started to snow as we waited for the race to begin. Big fluffy snowflakes filled the sky and accumulated on the roads. I know many people dreaded this weather, but if you’ve read my blog long enough or follow me on Twitter, you know that I live for this stuff.
I had a great time on the roads and it showed in my results — a new PR! I managed a 53:25, that’s an average pace of 8:45 min/mi. I probably could have shaved even more off, but I had only ran twice in the 5 weeks before the race.
Thank you, Parade Co for restoring my faith in this race. It was a great experience and I look forward to next year.
So, If I haven’t been running, what have I been up to?
Its just one class, 2 days a week, but MAN is it a time suck. The class had two design projects. My first one was only done in time because I pulled an all-nighter, the night before to finish it. When design project 2 came around, I thought I was going to be wiser and get it done with a day to spare. Turns out, the professor bumped up the date a day earlier and suddenly I found myself glued to my dining room table for 16+ hours this weekend.
This was the last thing I needed to do for the class. My final exam was the week before. I don’t think I did so hot on it, so lets just say I’m a bundle of nerves as to whether I got my needed B for tuition reimbursement.
Every year, come November, two things happen. 1) Last minute assignments get added to our workload. 2) we are told to meet our year-end deadlines by all means necessary (working late/holidays/weekends). No way are you going to catch me here on days off, so I’ve been busting my butt to get my work in, which included working through lunch. It sucks because most of my weekly running is done during my lunch. I’m happy to say my work is complete for the year and now I get to assist others in making their deadline. A much better position to be in. Only 3 more days to go for the year!
I wont ramble on (too late) about life at home, but it boils down to this:
- Getting the house ready for the family Christmas dinner.
- Playing with Elf on the Shelf (see my Twitter/Instagram for what Lucky has done each day).
- Christmas shopping. It never ends!
This is post is getting terribly long!
12 Ks of Christmas
This Sunday is the 4th annual 12 Ks of Christmas, a small (but growing) running event/party, put on by a local runner friend. Its a 12K fun run, broken into 1 K laps. After each lap, you are to eat and drink something festive (e.g. gingerbread and milk at 3K, eggnog and candy cane at 4K, etc ). Afterwards we hang around by the bonfire, having some beers. We also collect food pantry donations and donations for Medals4Mettle. Great fun!
GP Runners Christmas Eve Half Marathon
Just a local run in the neighborhood with my local running group. Some people are only doing 10k. I might be one of those people. Christmas Eve is such a busy day, I can’t afford to be tired.
Kahtoola Mountain Run
Ever since I finished it last year, I’ve been waiting for a rematch. Its an 8k race on the ski slopes of Pine Knob. Its incredibly difficult, yet incredibly fun! Hill training starts as soon as I start running again.
That’s it! Thanks for reading all the way through!