I did it! I did it! I did it! Not only did I beat my former best time of 39:52 on a 5k, I did so by about two and a half MINUTES. I finished the 2015 Santa Claus Shuffle 5k in 37:18 (official time). Thus, I completed one of my New Year’s Resolutions.
As usual, the Santa Claus Shuffle was held in early December in Portsmouth, VA. Three years ago, my friend Carrie suggested we run it together–and we set our first pace and time. The next year, we also ran–though not as well. Last year we missed the race because I was recuperating from surgery. This year, I expected to be running it alone–Carrie moved back in January–but much to my surprise, she was in town and met me at the race start! We didn’t stick together during the race, but we both set new best paces and times.
Ric was there at the finish line. No video this time–he missed it because I was significantly earlier than expected (gee, darn)! I also don’t have any official race finish photos or anything else except my personal favorite: the post-race celebratory banana photo of Carrie & me. Yes, that’s a snowman-Dalek. I did NOT want to run in costume this year, so settled for the most Christmassy short-sleeved T-shirt I had!