Monday, January 5, 2009

Beat the New Year 2009!

In order to help myself start the new year out right, I decided to sign up for a 5k that would start at 11:30pm on December 31st. The purpose of the race was to finish before it became 2009. Jennie signed up with me and eventually we got Kevin and Jake to sign up too. Liz and her boyfriend David also came along for the ride even though they didn't get the chance to actually sign up.After checking in at the Garden Center in Sugar House Park, we walked down a long hill and up a smaller one to the start point. After walking down the big hill I thought for sure I could do it if it was all down hill like that. Then, they had us turn around and informed us we would be running UP the big hill 3 times before the race was over! Aaaaahh! Not exactly what I had in mind when I signed up to do 2 laps around a "park". Here we are at the start line.
Liz and David didn't sign up but they were still good sports and ran one lap around the park before stopping and waiting for the rest of us to finish.Kevin came in first at 20:30, Jake came in next at 25:30 and Jennie followed shortly after at 29:30! Then the fireworks went off and I was on the exact opposite of the park from the finish line! I was pretty discouraged but decided to at least run down the next hill before stopping to walk up the last big one. Just as I got to the bottom of the hill, Kevin came from the other direction and ran next to me so I wouldn't stop and walk. I made it through the finish line at 35:55! Just in time to get one of the last 3 plaques they had for people who actually beat the new year. I was pretty pleased with myself and can't wait for my next race where I hope to greatly improve my time!

8 comments:

Justin said...

Naomi, You're awesome! Me, Tara, Reed, and Tasha ran that exact same race like two years ago in June. It was HOT! I remember two hills; anyway Tara and Tasha killed me and Reed. I beat him, but threw up twice after it so yeah. Good for you! I want to do that next year. Would you do it again?

Heidi said...

Good job to you both! I bet it was freezing.... Let us know when you have time for another get-together- it was so fun to see you guys!

california smiths said...

That is such a fun idea! Congrats on finishing, I am very impressed!!

Beccarigg said...

Congrats woman! You rock! Oh yeah and you look super hot in that first pic with you and Jenny. Woo woo!

Pae and Guy said...

Looks cold! Why do we subject ourselves to this kind of torture? As long as we have others to share our pain I guess it's okay! Good job sis...5K in the cold with hills and at altitude, all your times are ridiculous!

Natalie said...

Hills are KILLER. I had a super harder time running in Seattle than in Kaysville. I wish I could have been there running with you! Good job!

just nikki said...

That's so awesome! I should do this next year. Sounds like a lot of fun, and I definitely need to get in shape again. Good job on getting an awesome plaque!

Uda-007 said...

So I'm officially a blogger now...
I love these pics by the way. Who shot them? :)