2016 Santa Shuffle 5k Recap

Way back in September, a group of overwhelmed and stressed out U of L Education students were sitting around the Curr Lab (The Ed part of the Library) talking about de-stressing techniques. Two of us had run our first half marathons that summer and were talking about needing a race to motivate us to train. Hence, the great idea to get a group of Ed students to run in this year’s Santa Shuffle hosted by Running Room and the Salvation Army.

I carefully wrote out a training plan in my agenda to help speed up my mile time for a potential PR and had the best of intentions. Of course, student teaching was more overwhelming than I thought and that training plan was completely ignored with the exception of a long run once a week over the weekend.

But today was a great Southern Alberta day for a run. It was +3C and windy. There weren’t as many runners this year as last but off we went.

I started off fast, I knew I was going faster than normal but I didn’t think it was too bad. But when I looked down and saw 8:14 min/mile had to rein it in. Pulling back to 9:30 and told myself I would not slow down to less than 10 min/mile  for the first half.

I felt great for the first two miles,  slowing a bit after 1.5 but not much. As I ran I thought about how I was in better shape than I thought, and then the third mile hit- hard.  Slowing way down to a 12 min/mile, I crossed the finish line in 33:46 for an average of a 10:35 min/mile pace. Yeah! I’m getting faster!

 I'm happy with my pace (especially with weeks of no running)

I’m happy with my pace (especially with weeks of no running)

I love this race because it’s so low key and yet everyone gets a medal, including kids in strollers which is a nice touch.

The Education Sensations coming in to the finish

The Education Sensations coming in to the finish

Cat coming in for a run and Santa wants a high five

Cat coming in for a run and Santa wants a high five

Denied Santa! HA HA HA HA HA!

Denied Santa! HA HA HA HA HA!

We hung around after the race to hear the winners but apparently they gave them medals as they crossed the finish line and left it at that. What I forgot about was the random raffle!

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They drew names for Running Room gift cards and three of the five in our group were called in a row! I yelled out “What about Rachel? I organized our group!” They called more names, then Cat was drawn. She announced it was the last name to be drawn and I started chanting “Rachel! Rachel! Rachel!” And what do you know? It was me! Ha ha ha ha ha! A $25 gift card to the Running Room! And I know exactly what I’m going to get- a new portable water bottle because Apollo chewed mine up this summer.

We were all winners!

We were all winners!

It was such a fun race and it was good to swap some student teaching stories with my fellow Ed students. We only have two weeks left in this semester. Crazy!

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