St. Paul’s Cross-country Christmas Run

December 4, 2016 | Comment

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The St. Paul’s School cross-country team hosted their annual run on their campus in Covington Saturday. The run was a fundraiser for the cross-country team. The Christmas themed race featured a 1 mile and 5K. Costumes were encouraged and the top two men and women in the 5K took home cash prizes.

I had the luxury of getting off of work early Friday night and actually getting a few hours of sleep. I felt prepared for the race but knew I would not be my fastest. I have been focused on longer distance races lately, like half marathons, and I have not put in the speed work necessary for a fast 5K.

The weather was not very race friendly Saturday morning. Overcast skies with an occasional drizzle met runners at the start of the race.

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The race start was very fast and it took me at least a half of a mile to find a comfortable pace. The first place female was long gone so I focused on keeping up with the girls high school cross-country team that was a few feet ahead of me. I finished the first mile in 7:15.

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The challenge of trying to keep up with runners 20 years younger than me started to wear on me in mile 2…….and the rain came as well. I finished mile 2 in 7:29.

I settled into a steady pace on the last mile and probably should have pushed myself a little harder. I did manage to pass a few females. I finished mile 3 in 7:38, and completed the 5K in 23:05.

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I was 6th overall and first in the 30-34 age group. I was hoping for a sub 23 minute 5K, but was only off by a few seconds. After my next half marathon in January, I’m focusing on speed work for the 5K and 4 mile. I’m hoping 2017 will be the year I break my 13 year old 5K record, 22:12, and my 4 year old 4 mile record, 30:06.

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The post race festivities included a cookie buffet, jambalaya, and hot coffee. The awards were presented by St. Paul’s cross-country runner, Eric Coston, who was the state champion this year. Hand carved ornaments and trophies were presented to the winners. The top male and female took home $100.00, and the second place male and female took home $50.00.

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After the awards ceremony I met up with the fellow 15th Street Flyers who were represented very well for awards.

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I was happily surprised to see my little cousin, Elle, at the race. She has been running cross-country at her elementary school for the past few years. She completed the 1 mile and 5K! She also won 2nd in her age group. So proud!

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Well this was my final race of 2016. Next up for me is half marathon #14, The Blues Half, in Jackson, MS on January 7. Until next time!

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