|The infamous Michael Sonnemaker statue was|
our start/finish line for each hilly loop.
The objective of the Jingle Bell Hell run was to put together a challenging course of hills and run a 1/3 marathon (8.75 miles). I designed a winding course of 4.45 miles through Springdale Cemetery and Glen Oak Park. I wanted to give the option of 1 or 2 loops, depending on individual abilities.
So this morning, we all bundled up and met at 8:00am to complete our hellish run. It was a chilly 24 degrees at the start, but the sun was shining so brightly! It was a beautiful morning and by time we were done, it was up to 40 degrees already.
Now I've been giving my foot a lot of rest this week - no running, all biking and boxing. So I wasn't sure what to expect of my Jingle Bell Hell run. The roads through Springdale aren't the best (broken cement, rocks, uneven), so I watched my footfall and concentrated on my steps. The foot feels sore, but no pain, so I'm happy with that.
Eighteen ladies showed up to run Peoria's first Jingle Bell Hell. We broke up into a couple different groups based on pace and tried not to get lost on my winding course. I was so impressed on how everyone trudged up those hills. Even with hill interval training on the bike the last two weeks, I could feel every muscle in my legs working to get up those hills.
|Two loops of up and down, up and down = 1/3 Marathon baby!|
There's a reason there is only one letter difference
between the words HILL and HELL!
On the second loop, I started to feel the hills a bit more. As my legs started to scream, I focused on a halfway point up the hill ... and crawl towards that until I slowed to a walk. Even with a couple walk breaks on the big hills, my group maintained a pretty good pace of 10:31 average. I was pleased with that for my first run back and ahem... the hills!
My Jingle Bell Hell stats
8.93 miles in 1:33:50
|"Don't look up!"|
We all look funny squinting into the sun!
Happy to be done with Hills!
Yeah, she's a crazy Bears fan, but I still love my Steph!
Hot chocolate for all - perfect warmup after a chilly run!