I apologize for the delay of this post. Regardless, on Saturday, I ran the Jingle Bell Run 5K in Roanoke, VA. The weather was absolutely perfect for running in my opinion. The race was scheduled to start at 9 AM and it was just a bit chilly. There were SO MANY PARTICIPANTS. I could not believe the crowd! Of all the races I have run locally, this seemed like the largest crowd I have ever seen. That is wonderful, considering this race benefited the Arthritis Foundation. The run was kind of disorganized, though. I was very disappointed in that. The start time as I mentioned above was 9 AM. However, it didn't start until 9:15. Then, at the first turn of the course, I freaked out. I saw the hill. The exact hill from a previous 5K. It is a terrible, horrible, no good hill that is EVIL. After I got to the top of the hill, I knew a downhill was coming so I relaxed. BUT WAIT. At the other 5K that took that course, we turned after the hill to a flat segment. Not for this race. For this race, we kept going straight. Straight into another hill. Identical to the one before it. Then I tackled that hill, and ran around the block, only to meet these same two hills yet again. It was a loop. Of course. So in total, I ran 4 terrible, awful, no good hills. Blech. Anyway, I finished in an acceptable 33:39. Considering I have not been running regularly, and the four hills of doom tried to kill me, I feel like I did pretty well. Sorry my picture is a blur, but I was running too fast. Haaaah. Also, Mr. Marathon and I took our first run together for the month, and we ended up running a little over 2 miles in a little over 21 minutes. Not too shabby! Hopefully, we have some more training runs coming up.