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I didn't keep up that 7:03 first mile pace, but I finished in 22:27. That's a 7:14 pace. Not bad for an icy day with cold winds and a bruised foot. :) I also finished 3rd in my division and 6th female overall. Only 133 ladies ran, but I'll take what I can get!

5K Race Against Cancer Results
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Next up: Bill Rodger's Jingle Bell Fun Run this Sunday with my mom - who's flying in from Oregon! She's not a runner but I'm hoping she enjoys the slow controlled pace that they apparently enforce for this run. The free drink afterward will help.

There's still time to register if you haven't. The fee is a little steep at $37, considering it's not a timed run, but it does include a free shirt and adult beverage, and part of the portions go to local charities.

> Register for Bill Rodger's Jingle Bell Fun Run
 
 
I don't have the results back yet, or the photo my husband took of me freezing at the starting line in my capris and too-thin running jacket, but I felt good running today's Holiday 5K Against Cancer.

I could not feel my legs on the windy, icy cold Boston Esplanade, so I went out fast and didn't acknowledge blood flow until I heard the brave volunteer at Mile 1 yell out "7:03!" That's great for me, though I knew I'd lose it. Didn't help that we were warned about an iced over turn between Mile 2 and 3.

The ice wasn't the toughest part though... What was harder was running against the Back Bay runners. These are some highly determined people who will run wherever they want to run, no matter who's coming at them. I almost had a head on collision with a woman who insisted on running the same ice-free patch of concrete -- right at me. The big difference, of course, was that she was not running a race! She could have eased off for a sec to let me pass, but no. Rather than have a throw down during this holiday season -- a time of joy, peace and happiness -- I risked the slippery step and dodged around her. Guess it comes with the territory. :)

All in all it was a great little race with some brave volunteers. Thanks to Race Menu for organizing the event and to everyone who came out to help. I can't believe how supportive everyone was on such a cold day! You guys and gals rock. THANK YOU! I'll be back next year.
 
 
I'm a little more than 2 hours away from running the Holiday 5K Run Against Breast Cancer on the Esplanade, and I'm still nursing a dumb injury from yesterday.

You know how it feels to roll your ankle? How about rolling your ankle when taking a large step from the bottom of the flight of stairs, just to make sure you have ALL of your body weight on it? I actually rolled it so bad that I bypassed my ankle completely and now have a gigantic bruise on the TOP of my foot. It's almost impressive.

Luckily I had all day yesterday to ice and rest it, so it is much better already. I'm just nervous to see how it feels with my sneakers on! Either way I'm running this 5K. Yes, I'm a stubborn runner.

If you're in the Boston area, there's still time to run this race. Registration near that Hatch Shell on the Esplanade. Race starts at 11:00 am.

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