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Christopher Martin’s 2012 Christmas Run for Children 5K

CM 5K LogoThe Annual Christopher Martin’s Christmas Run for the Children 5K was held on December 9th in New Haven, CT.  This race has a special place in my heart since it was the first local, non-Disney race that I ever ran.  And can you believe that was only one year ago?!?  Seems like I’ve been doing this running thing forever!  (Check out last year’s chilly race recap here.)

The weather for the race was about 45 degrees and overcast…perfect New England running weather.  Last year it was sunny, but a frigid 28 degrees…not so ideal.  So immediately, I had high hopes of a better race, not just because I’m in much better shape this year, but because the weather was in my favor.

I picked up my race packet on Friday, so I didn’t have to worry about it on the morning of the race.  I also got the race shirt, which I LOVE.  I still wear mine from last year all the time!


B (my #1 cheerleader) drove me into New Haven getting there about 20 minutes prior to the start of the race.  We proceeded to drive around for about 10 minutes looking for parking and I was about to jump you to go to the start line when miraculously we got one right on Orange Street.

We walked over to the starting area, which is right in front of Christopher Martin Restaurant on State Street and we saw this festive house on the way:

Xmas House

The starting area was PACKED!!  There were close to 2,700 participants this year, which is the largest amount yet!  I couldn’t even get on the street and had to wait in the gas station parking lot until the crowd started moving.  I didn’t cross the start line until almost a minute after the actual start.

Finish Line

The plan was to do a 3 minute run/ 1 minute walk pace for the race.  This is what I’ve been training with and it works really well for me.  I was going along at about a 10:40 average pace, which I was REALLY happy about…well until my Garmin died just before the first mile.  I unplugged it the night before and unfortunately I think it froze so the screen stayed on all night, which in turn killed the battery.  Awesome.  So I whipped out my iPhone and started the timer on there to try and keep the same pace.  This proved to be much more difficult, but it worked for the most part.

New Haven

That 10:40 pace I had during the first mile is fast for me and unfortunately it caught up with me.  Buy the time I finished mile 2, my legs were starting to feel tired and I cut my intervals down to 2/1.  I also felt some uncomfortableness in my left quad, which was new for me.  Ugh…did I push too hard???

Well, that might have been so, but I pushed it really hard for the final ¼ mile.  I was determined to get a PR.  I wasn’t really sure what my time was, but I felt that I was somewhere around 33 minutes at that point.

I crossed the finish line and overall felt great (except for that leg tweak)!  I found B and he said I looked so much better this time at the end of the race compared to last year.  That’s a pretty awesome compliment 🙂

My time for the 2011 race was 39:45 and that was my fastest 5K time to date.  This year for 2012, my official time was 35:52…that’s a 3:53 minute improvement!!!  Plus, my last 5K PR in early September was 36:40, so that’s 48 seconds faster there.  Even though I haven’t been putting in the mileage for my marathon training, I’m really happy with my progress.  I’ve come a long way in a year 🙂  Maybe next year I’ll sub 32 minutes!!

That's a PR smile!

That’s a PR smile!

Do you have a yearly race you run? 

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer

About a year ago, my Mom was diagnosed with breast cancer.  This is probably the scariest news a daughter can hear.  Immediately, every bad thought came rushing into my head and I was filled with fear.  The next month was a whirlwind of doctor’s visits and surgeries.  All of this was made even more difficult because my mom lives in South Carolina and I am up here in Connecticut.  I felt helpless when all I wanted to do was be with her and make all of this go away.  Pipe dreams I know, but there are many irrational thoughts that go through your mind when you’re faced with a loved one being diagnosed with cancer.

Needless to say, it has been and emotional year, but the good news is that my mom is now healthy and all of the cancer is gone.  She is back to riding horses and doing the things she loves.  She had an amazing team of doctors who attacked the cancer quickly and aggressively to help cure my Mom.  I couldn’t be more grateful to them and to all of the research that is being done to help find a cure for this horrible disease.

So in honor of my Mom, I signed up for the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk this Sunday in New Haven, CT.  I want to celebrate her and that she has survived this horrible disease!  What’s a 5K walk for me after the battle she has fought this past year…not much.  I’m also doing this to raise more awareness of breast cancer and hopefully with your help raise funds to support the American Cancer Society’s breast cancer research, information and services.  Since Making Strides began over 20 years ago, breast cancer death rates have declined by more than 32 percent.  Let’s keep that momentum going and increase that number to 100 percent!

With the walk only 5 days away, I don’t have much time to fundraise, but every little bit helps.  Click here to donate and support me in making strides against breast cancer!  Let’s support the all of the moms, grandmoms, daughters, sisters, aunts, and basically all women out there  🙂

My mom is my best friend and inspires me everyday.  I want to make sure she is around for many, many more birthdays…hers and mine!

My Mom & I 🙂

Find a Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk near you and support the cause in your community!