Saturday, December 03, 2005

Reindeer Run

It snowed, oh boy did it. We took off at 9:30 am and the snow just kept falling. It was really hard to run, surprisingly hard. On the ground it was slush which made the road slippery. No traction what so ever. I couldn't get the lift off, or push off that I needed and it frustrated the heck out of me. So every step was light and cautious. Going downhill was downright scary and uphill was of course, grueling.

The people factor was something I hadn't considered. I didn't like being passed up over and over and over again. Obviously we all run at different paces and it was to be expected since Carrie and I were close to the front when we started. But man, it got to be irritating. There were so many people that we opted to move over off of the street and onto the less plowed trail, just to escape the crowd. Many people brought a dog to run with which is cool in theory but not so cool in reality. Poor doggies must've been stepped on a lot and they must have been so confused. There were too many people and much too much snow for it to work. I would like to take Maggie there in the Springtime, just the two of us sans Race. I wonder how she'll do.

I was tempted to stop running and walk several times but I didn't do it. I really struggled during the last mile. The air was so cold that my lungs still ache. But I kept going and I'm proud of myself. I would like to do a few more 5K's before I move on to a 10K. I want to do a better time. Carrie slowed down for me and we finished together at 41:25. I can do a 5K at the gym in 35 minutes so that was a slow 5K but the terrain was hellish and the crowds made it hard to get a good time. In fact, we finished amongst many, many other people. Jason ran an amazing 24:00 minutes. He said there weren't many people finishing with him. He agreed that it was extremely difficult to run in the snow. Especially as it was falling. You can't tell by his time though. He really kicked ass!

Next time, we'll wait until the temperture is above 20 degrees and when it isn't snowing. But it was a lot of fun. There were many people in costume and you could hear lots of jingling bells and folks were singing Christmas songs. It was cool. What is even cooler is the fact that I did it. I ran.


Anonymous Rosemary said...

Ashley — Bravo, sister!!! I'm sooo proud of you—and in the $#@%&*% snow no less. I know what you mean about sabotaging yourself. When I was training for the Portland marathon (that I never made it to), my nasty negative inner voice would start yelling at me at about mile 6: "You'll never do this. You suck. What makes you think you can reach this goal. You should be out looking for a job instead of running."

Kudos to you for conquering and doing it. In the snow!!! You're awesome.

1:09 PM  
Blogger Amy said...

you are awesome. look at you and your bad self looking all slim in the snow! Im proud of you. You are motivating me to move my big butt. Hard to believe its that kinda weather there. its 82 degrees and hot as hell here. will call you soon. glad you got a new keyboard.
amy :)

2:12 PM  
Blogger Memere Kitty said...

You both look great -- congratulations and keep up the good work!

3:11 PM  

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