I’ve run this race once before in 2007 when I was still fresh to the racing scene. The Christmas City Classic is a 5 mile race with a large descent in the first mile which you must ascend in the final mile. As I’ve said before, hills are hard to avoid in this area, especially in Bethlehem. Just check out the elevation profile below. Ending with this kind of elevation in such a short race is not an easy task. Since I am a completely different runner than I was two years ago I knew that I would easily break that old PR (43:49) but I wasn’t expecting much from myself as far as what I am capable of doing. My only goal was to run a 38 minute at worst and a 37 minute race at best. This is not a PR course in regards to the distance. If you want to achieve your best possible 5 mile race this is not the race for you. It’s simply a local race which only a handful of locals show up to run from year to year. Continue reading
I ran a local 5 mile race this past weekend and had a great run. The field was pretty small, only 211 runners. It was a fast race, despite the hill. The first place runner finished in 26:57. My time was 43:49, middle of the pack. I ran my best, and 8:46 minute mile average. Still stuck at middle of the pack. Oh well, at least I’m unleashing my racing effort now that I’m getting a handle on what I can do. Next year I’ll do a lot better in this race. On Sunday I was back out there and ran 8.58 miles. Yes, my legs hurt later that day but a good night’s rest did the trick and today I felt great.