Sunday, December 11, 2005


The Jingle All the Way race is over and I, Jeanne, can now officially run 6.2 miles.

(What exactly was all that fuss and bother about earlier?? Beats me.)

I got there at 7 (for an 8 a.m. start). At 7, the temp was 24 degrees F (according to accuweather it felt like 21); by 8 a.m., the temp was 30, felt like 27, and I felt like it was 0. And by 9 a.m.? Who turned up the heat in this place??

Fifteen hundred people signed up; only 753 showed up (numbers are important, people, if you are OCD (no offense to those who really are OCD)).

But I know you are all on the edge of your seats, so here ya go:
Mile 1: 11:06 (yeah, perfect!)
Mile 2: 10:51 (yes! times are heading in the right direction!)
Mile 3: 11:01 (walked 10 sec. thru mile 2 water stop)
Mile 4: 10:41 (you go grrl!) late add: Yes, none other than 26.2 miles vs. Naomi again was there, delivering water and cheers! Since the world revolves around me me me, I forgot to mention this! Thanks, girlfriend!
Mile 5: 10:47 (hasta la vista!)
Mile 6: 11:46 (oopsie, little walking here)
.2: 2:08 ( and maybe a little walking here, too, until a kind spectator said "Come on, turn it on!" Not to me, but it got my ass in gear. So thanks, Mr. X!)

I ran most of the way with Mr. Rucksack, who was hatless, gloveless, wearing shorts and carrying a 50-pound rucksak, and could STILL talk. I told him he was a machine; he said we were all machines (I'm pretty sure that was a compliment).

Oh, and we all had jingle bells on our shoes. It was quite a lovely sound. And Haine's Point, which was once evil, is now lovely again.

Beautiful sunny day. Haine's Point is a flat peninsula in-between the Washington Channel and the Potomac River. So you are surrounded by water, wildlife, and silence, except for the sound of 1,400 jingle bells. Yes, flat. Very very flat.

Today's total: 1:08:22 (11:00/mile)
Which is pretty thrilling, because let's take a trip in the wayback machine, back, back, to:
July 16, 2005, 8k: 58:18 (11:43/mile)

I promise never ever ever to bitch and moan nonstop about not having a race strategy again (lie).

Dec. 11, 2005, Jingle All the Way 10k; members of my MCM 05 pace group; l-r: Jeanne; S.; A,; and unknown friend.

Washington Monument, Dec. 11, 2005, 7 a.m. God, I live in a beautiful city.

So I'm a happy gal.


Simba's Mom said...

YAY!! That is awesome. I knew you would be great. I love that everyone wore jingle bells.

Noames said...

You forgot to mention how impossible it all would have been, without my incredible water-stop-manning skills. But then again, you didn't need my water, so maybe my effect was less than I surmised.

Seriously--way to go! You looked awesome out there.

Lara said...

Dang you rocked! That's an awesome first 10K! Congratulations!!

m said...

Fantastic, excellent, awesome and all that jazz. I'm so proud of you! You are this weeks inspiration.

Great job

Bex said...

Well done! What an excellent job, esp. on such a cold day. Sorry I couldn't have been there to cheer you on - it was a 9-mile day on the very snowy/icy WO&D trail.

21st Century Mom said...

What a fantastic performance! I'm very happy for you. Isn't it nice when all that hard word pays off?

nancytoby said...

Hip hip hooray! We knew you could do it!! :-) You rocked that course!

taskette said...

Sounds like you did awesome! Great Job!

David said...

Next stop: 10:30 miles.
See. Now you're becoming a veteran runner with a resume of successes. Keep up the good work and feel great about yuourself. You earned it.

Anonymous said...

Congrats! what a great time! :-D

susie said...

Whooppppeeeee!! She did it! Congratulations. David's right. I can't wait to see what happens next:)

Rae said...

Woo hoo! Excellent job! See, you didn't have a bit of problem. Imagine if it had been a beautiful spring day!

a.maria said...

woooooooooo!! thats awesome!!!

its official. i have got to move somewhere that they have cute fun little races like this. reading all about this is making me way jealous.

you were en fuego! congrats!

dorine said...

Congratulations. And you looked very stylish with your cool blue hat and matching jacket!

Susan said...

Congrats! That is so awesome. You did great! Love the pictures.

The Running Red Sox Fan said...

I KNEW you could do it! You rocked, or should I say jingled, that 10K. Way to go Jeanne!!!

brent d. said...

Congratulations! You did a great job and that sounded like a fun little race!!

Holly said...

Great Job Jeanne! I told you that you ran past me! Way past me ..... In fact you probably ran with my friend KERI! She also ran with rusuck man .. She had a "Happy Bday" hat that some people mistook for a menorah ...

See you tomorrow night! Ready to run AND sing?

jeanne said...

YES!! that's who I ran with! funny!

thanks for all the nice comments people. I could NOT have done it without you. I thought of all your words of wisdom, along with some ass-kicking words that got me out the door, the whole way.

Kim said...

Late in checking in but YAY!!!! Congratulations! Sounds like you had a great race.
I want jingle bells on my shoes. How fun!

Dawn - Pink Chick said...

Awesome job. Way to run it.