My last competitive run of the year and I hadn’t done much running for a few weeks due to our Thanksgiving break and some generally crappy weather, however I hadn’t bargained on the power of cold weather and the promise of free beer for improving one’s speed on race day.
The Surf n Santa is a five mile jaunt along the oceanfront and through the Christmas lights, with participants dressed in their best festive fancy dress. I was an elf, pursued for much of the race by The Grinch. I’m pleased to say I put in one of my best results (I thought it was a personal record but apparently I managed a similar time once before, go me!). My overall time was 46:52, putting me 972 out of 4208 participants, 57th of 428 in my age group, and 410th of 2736 females. And I got several free pints of Winter Lager for my efforts at a cracking Christmas party afterwards!
Now hanging up my competitive running shoes until my second go at the Shamrock 8K in March – and also hanging my Surf N Santa medal on the Christmas tree!