|The RCHM runs along the Nature Center Bike Path from City Park to the bottom of the Reservoir and back.|
|A look at my HR throughout the race.|
|Garmin Training Center Data|
#3- Extra energy: Today when I finished the race, I felt absolutely fine. I'm a little sleepy now, but I think that might have more to do with the 2 beers (Belgian Black Porter, very good!) that I enjoyed at Shamrock's post-race with my Irish Biscuits. I had so much energy in fact, that when I got home, I took my "new" bike down to the store to buy groceries for dinner. It's nice to run an event like this and not feel so completely spent at the end that there's no energy for anything else! I'm looking forward to "stretching" my endurance in the next few weeks as I contemplate the CPTR for May (more on that idea later).
#2- Camaraderie: I normally don't take a race to be a fully social event, and I've gone to so many races by myself that I often don't interact with many of my fellow runners. Today, as I was taking my time, I had many opportunities to visit with other runners. I was also able to do a lot of "people-watching" which is always entertaining at a race. Even better, there were six of us from the family that ran today, plus many friends and acquaintances. Pretty cool to see how many folks we know that embrace the running lifestyle!
This was a great way to start the month of December off and I look forward to doing this race again (although I don't know if it will be next year or not?).
|Final Results: Closer to the back of the pack but still ahead of the nearly 6 billion people on earth that didn't even show up to run today.|