But first, a quick running update. I only ran twice this week - Monday and then the 5k today. My legs needed the extra rest, plus I was busy visiting with friends and family, shopping, etc.
7.0 miles/1:04:28/9:13 average pace
I ran up a dirt road that climbs pretty steeply for nearly a mile but at the top you are rewarded with sweeping views of the whole Helena valley. It was gorgeous! I did this run solo so no pictures.
3.1 miles (ish)/23:11/7:29 average pace
It was the coldest morning since I've been here, and the coldest morning since summer. It was 16 freaking degrees when we woke up! It was a balmy 20 by the time we made it to the race start. There were a couple hundred bundled-up runners waiting around for a few minutes and then we were off. I immediately was sucking air (who knew I was such an elevation wuss? I grew up here for cryin' out loud!) and it was COLD air. My lungs felt like they were freezing! I was working pretty hard and my first mile came in about 7:35. I decided just to try to run the whole thing, Zach had long since dropped me and I knew I wasn't going to run a fast time. The second mile was 7:45 or so and then finally I was on the home stretch. There was this insanely fast speed-walker right ahead of me the whole time (I KNOW!) and I just had to pass him at the end. I was surprised I came in so fast, I was expecting closer to 24:00. But my GPS read the course a tiny bit short, so whatever. Anyway, there were no numbers and no awards, so who cares. I'll take it. :) Zach finished with nearly a PR and 6th place overall, the bastard. Way to ruin all my excuses!! ;)
Well I hope everyone is having a lovely holiday with their family and friends. I'll post more MT pictures when we get home on Saturday. Happy Thanksgiving!! :)