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Monday, January 2, 2012

New Year Day Dash

Our winter has been really mild so far this year.  No snow :-(  to speak of and temperatures in the 30's . . . maybe an evening temp in the low 20's, but those nights have been few and far between.  

Well Happy January 1, 2012
Today we got hit with freezing drizzle, falling temperatures and winds at 16 mph with gusts up to 31 mph andI had registered for the New Years Day 5 mile Dash!  I really questioned whether I should run when I woke up this morning and heard the wind howling.  I don't mind running in the cold - but I really don't like to run when it is that windy.  
But needless to say - I ran and actually had a great time.  
I went back and forth about wearing my Yak Trax and finally decided not to.  Much of the course had a thin glaze of ice and it was slippery - but I just wasn't sure they would do any good on such a thin glaze of ice.  And I didn't want to get over confident on the ice and slip.  Since I didn't wear them - I took it extremely slow over the slippery spots which was much of the first few miles.  Much of the time I was off the side of the pavement, running on the frozen, icey ground - but that had better traction than the pavement.  I was constantly watching the pavement and ground to make sure where my feet were going to hit.  No falls or even near falls! 
 (falling and getting injured on New Years would NOT be the way to start the Year!!!)
There was some goof ball running as the New Year Baby - gigantic diaper and all!.  When I mentioned this to my son - his comment was, well as long as he was really cruising he was probably OK.  The problem was that he was NOT cruising . . . cause I passed him around mile 3 . . . and I don't cruise! ;-)
I found a local blogger buddie, Kerri before the race - looked for her after - but I didn't really stick around for long.  

5 mile New Years Dash - 51:23
Mile 1 - 10:52
Mile 2 - 10:38
Mile 3 - 10:27
Mile 4 - 10:14
Mile 5 - 9:12

All negative splits - Great start to 2012!    


  1. glad you're still running when it's so cold out where yu are! :)
    Nice times as well!!!

    Hope you have an amazing 2012!


  2. I can run in rain, I can run in snow, but wind... I would rather not.
    Great run. Wonderful way to start 2012!

  3. Nice way to start the year! No falling and a negative split! Congratulations and hope 2012 is wonderful!

  4. Just found your blog. Good for you! Keep up the running and your successes.