Final PR of the Year … DONE!

I did it! I am the proud owner of a new 5K PR! I can think of no better way to close out my running year.

My finishing time of 38 minutes on the dot is almost a full minute faster than the PR I set in September!

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The temperature for the race ended up being nice, although the humidity was a KILLER. It was about 94% at the beginning of the race and 97% by the end.


When I finished the race I noticed that my legs felt like they had a lot more left in them, but my heart felt like it was going to pop out of my chest. On a day with less humidity I think I could easily knock some seconds off my finishing time!

The Cute Costumes

Overall for an inaugural event, I thought this 5K was pretty fun! At packet pickup we all received a “one size fits all” Santa suit and most people showed up to the race wearing it!


By the middle of the race people were stripping off their suits while running (pretty funny to watch) and at the end most of the suits could be found in big heaps like this one:


This race probably works well in cold weather states, but in Florida the weather is gonna be too hot 360 out of 365 days in the year!


It was fun seeing everyone all dressed up at the beginning though!

Adam was supposed to run this race with me but he ended up having to do an emergency work related thing at the last minute. I’m hoping he and a couple of my friends will do this 5K with me next year because it seems like the kind that would be so fun to do with other people you know!

My Racing Details

I can’t lie, after my last speedwork session a part of me really thought that 36:XX (even 36:59) could be in the cards if the day went really well. I started out strong and on pace to make that happen, but the weather got the best of me.

I ended up positive splitting the race as I always do in the 5K. I think I’m going to run another one in February and I will try really hard to be more consistent!


Oh well, it doesn’t matter if the splits were positive or negative, I still ended up with a shiny medal and a new personal best!!! Merry Christmas to ME! 🙂


I don’t know if I’ve written about this before, but I’ve dreaming of a 36:XX since I started running. I have no idea why 36, but it’s been my arbitrary 5K goal since the beginning.

Last year I was finishing 5Ks in 46:XX and this year I’m down to 38:XX. Every day I get one step closer to my goal.

This is a good reminder that the the journey of reaching any type of goal is a marathon not a sprint (even if 5Ks feel like an extra long sprint!).

The Annoying Thing

The only big downer to this race was that the same timing company that messed up results for the Fort Lauderdale half in November, also messed up the results for this 5K.

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They are listing my clock time and chip time as exactly the same even though I did not start at the front making it IMPOSSIBLE for these two to be the same. There’s even video from the beginning of the race showing me crossing the starting line well behind lots of other people.

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I’m guessing since my Garmin read 38:00 and I started it right as I crossed the starting line that it is my chip time and 38:14 is my clock time. I wish I knew for sure … I was hoping the official results would be reliable and I would have found out I finished in 37:58 or 37:59! Bummer.


Comparison to My Previous PR

I’m really bad about running tangents in races and always end up running beyond the 3.1 according to my Garmin.

At the Optime 5K in September my official finishing time was 39:30 (12:43 pace) and my Garmin 5K time was 38:53 (12:30 pace).

I have been thinking of 38:53 as my PR since I ran wayyyy over 3.1 at that race, although I put 39:30 in my spreadsheet…. since that was technically the official time.

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Either way, I crushed both of those times yesterday! 🙂

I’m waiting to log my official time for the Jingle Bell Jog until the timing company provides us with an update regarding the “changes and corrections” they are making / have made.

On a more positive note I am looking forward to seeing official pics from this race! I bet they’re going to be funny!

Final Thoughts

Overall the timing issue bummed me out a bit, but I am exceedingly HAPPY with this race. I knocked out a definitive PR to cap off my second year of running which is exactly what I set out to do!

(PR PR PR PR!!!!)

I hope you had a great weekend filled with running, too!

Are you pretty good about running tangents in the race? 

Do you ever stop at aid stations in short races like the 5K? I usually don’t.



  1. December 22, 2014 / 5:56 am

    Congratulations on your new PR! Merry Christmas, indeed!!!! 🙂

    The picture of he Santa suits in the trash can is FUNNY.

    WTF ABOUT THE TIMING!? I’d be annoyed too, to say the least, but we have had this discussion before. How do you lose internet connection?

    You’re off this week, right???

    • December 22, 2014 / 7:26 am

      The timing thing is a serious WTF. I need to research how timing chips work because I thought that was the whole point of having a chip…. to automate the process and not have to rely on human intervention for “changes and corrections.”

      I’m not off yet! I have to work today and tomorrow but then I’m off until Jan 5th! 😀

      • December 22, 2014 / 8:07 am

        That is my schedule too! Working today and tomorrow then go back on the 5th! We are twins. I wish I was rich and could fly down to Florida for 2 days and run with you over our break!

  2. December 22, 2014 / 7:52 am

    WOOT WOOT PR city!! I knew you were going to beat your old one 🙂 Sooo funny about the santa suits…I giggled at the picture of everyone at the starting line.. I would have been SOOO hot. Would be cool if they made santa singlets for all those Southern States 🙂 Did it become difficult to run around discarded santa gear? That timing org needs to get it together–crazy their results were not accurate…AGAIN.

    • December 22, 2014 / 2:12 pm

      YES! I agree about the Santa singlets!

      A couple of smart people cut the sleeves off of the jackets. If I do this race again next year I think I’ll go that route. You get to be festive but not overheated!

  3. December 22, 2014 / 8:28 am

    Way to go Kristina! I am finding it hard this year to PR, but it’s so motivating when I read about other runners knocking them out of the park. 🙂

    • December 22, 2014 / 2:12 pm

      Thanks Heather! I think you’re having a hard time PRing because you’re running is just so perfect already!

  4. December 22, 2014 / 9:43 am

    Yaaaaaay….totally KILLED this race. This was an excellent way to close out the year.

    I just recently stopped taking water with me on shorter runs. 5k no water and I actually did a 10k couple months back only using aid station water so I’m getting there.

    During races I don’t worry about the total distance, I try to take the straightest lines to minimize extra running.

    • December 22, 2014 / 2:13 pm

      Same here! I’m only bringing water with me on runs 60 minutes or longer now. I’m such once the summer comes back around I’ll go back to bringing water on every run!

  5. December 22, 2014 / 10:13 am

    Yay! Congrats! I was really excited when I saw your Instagram photo yesterday 🙂 That really sucks about the timing though – I can’t believe they had the same issue, AGAIN. You think you would try to fix the issue next time around, grr. Hope they’ll be able to provide actual official results soon. Chip and gun time should never be the same unless you’re lined up right in front!

    You’ll get that 36:XX 5K, especially as you incorporate speedwork! You’ve gotten quite speedy in the last year, shaving 8 minutes off your PR! (If I’m subtracting properly. I haven’t had any coffee yet today.)

    • December 22, 2014 / 2:16 pm

      That’s what I’m saying! I’m not sure how my chip and gun time can be exactly the same. I haven’t heard anything from them yet. I’m guessing since it was a fun run unlike the half marathon they’re less concerned about fixing the issues right away. Grrrr!

      8 minutes is right!

  6. December 22, 2014 / 10:44 am

    Congrats, Kristina! What a way to end a great year of running–with a 5K PR and a medal! Yay! I love that everyone wore Santa costumes in the beginnng and then stripped them off mid-race. The picture of the lone Santa hat on the ground cracked me up. Sounds like it was fun overall. Congrats again your PR!!!

    • December 22, 2014 / 11:56 pm

      Thanks Jenn! Right before I hit the one mile marker I started noticing all of the Running Santas turn into Stripper Santas as they shed their long sleeve coat and pants! haha

  7. December 22, 2014 / 10:57 am

    Yayyy, congrats on the PR! 🙂 I know what you mean about the 36, for whatever reason my goal has always been a sub-35 5k! I got really close once with 35:11, but I was in slightly better running shape than I am now. I’m sure we’ll both crush our goals soon 🙂

  8. December 22, 2014 / 11:23 am

    Congrats!! You’re hard work is paying off!! What a great way to end 2014. I can’t wait to see what you accomplish in 2015. Maybe you should come to Maryland and run a 5k in the spring or fall…I bet you will cut a couple minutes off your time just from the weather!

    • December 22, 2014 / 11:57 pm

      Haha maybe I should! One of my best friends is from Maryland so I could probably make that happen!

  9. December 22, 2014 / 11:58 am

    Congrats on the PR!!
    I have the same problem of running positive splits. I’m so nervous about going out too fast, but all my big PRs have come from kicking it up at the beginning. I hate that fine line between too much and too little 🙂

    • December 22, 2014 / 11:58 pm

      Thank you so much Courtney!

      Yep, I know exactly what you mean. Even though I always negative split the 5K I have also pretty consistent PR’d in the distance, so I guess it’s working out okay!

      The 5K is so tricky because that fine line is ridiculously fine. There’s so little room for error!

  10. December 22, 2014 / 12:42 pm


    Yeah, how does a timing chip not work? Unless the mats weren’t working in which case, you can maybe have that issue once, then you’d better figure out how to prevent it from happening again! You had one job…

    • December 23, 2014 / 12:00 am

      Thank you!

      That’s exactly what I’m trying to figure out … I thought the whole timing chip thing was automated. I’m going to spend some time this holiday break learning about how timing chips work!

      “You had one job…” <-- THIS. I get that we can't expect perfection 100% of the time, but this is just ridiculous.

  11. December 22, 2014 / 1:18 pm

    Yay congrats on your PR, I knew you would get it!! Super frustrating that they messed up on timing again though. Good thing you wore your watch, I think that time is perfectly acceptable to use!

    • December 23, 2014 / 12:02 am

      Thank you!!! I really wish the official results had been perfect because I was REALLY hoping it would say I paused my Garmin a second late and I really crossed in 37:59! 😀

  12. December 22, 2014 / 2:02 pm

    I never had a doubt you’d get this!

    It’s annoying when elements outside of our control affect our races…I think here in FL we feel that more than other places because when it gets humid/hot you just can’t do anything about it! But this means you’ll be able to set yet ANOTHER PR in 2015 because you already know you’re close!

    • December 23, 2014 / 12:04 am

      Thanks, Ali! I agree, I think we deal with difficult temps here a lot more than other places. I guess it’s a plus that we never have to run in an inch of snow or sleet though!

  13. December 22, 2014 / 4:34 pm

    Congratulations Kristina!!!! Fantastic news!!! What an awesome way to complete an amazing year of running. Enjoy a well deserved rest/relaxation and enjoy your holidays! Merry Christmas and have a wonderful new year soon too, safe in the knowledge that YOU DID IT!!!!! ps that sucks re: the timing issue. That company needs to sort it out!!

    • December 23, 2014 / 12:05 am

      Thank you, Lou!!

      I am planning to enjoy time with friends and family this week… but also hit the ground running since my next half marathon is right around the corner! Eek!

  14. December 22, 2014 / 6:05 pm

    I knew you would do it!!! I was excited when I read about it this am, but didn’t have time to comment…Crazy, fun busy here. I hope to someday do a race when everyone is dressed like Santa, that cracks me up!!

    • December 23, 2014 / 12:05 am

      Cheryl! Thanks so much! I’m glad to hear that you’ve been having a great time presumably with the fam!

      ENJOY your week! 🙂

  15. December 22, 2014 / 7:51 pm

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’M SO EXCITED FOR YOU 🙂 🙂 🙂

  16. December 23, 2014 / 10:36 am

    SOOO excited for you, Kristina! What a great way to end your season and year! You must be very happy and very proud of yourself. How did it feel, physically? Did you give it 100% or do you think there was still fuel left in the tank? I have never done a 5K so I’m always wondering if the feeling during the race is different than the feeling after the race.

    The Santa outfits are such a cute idea, but it IS funny to see everyone in hot, sunny Florida wearing that much clothing. NO wonder the trashcans were filled. Too bad they can’t do some form of recycling of the clothing or put that material toward another purpose.

    Running tangents during a race is the only way to run. I’m almost too good at this! 😉

  17. December 23, 2014 / 12:58 pm

    Congratulations! You did it! and in brutal humidity no less!

    Those Santa costumes are super cute. You’re right, it does look like a race that would be best with friends and maybe a cooler climate.

  18. December 23, 2014 / 7:26 pm

    Congratulations on your awesome run!!!! Yaaaaa, awesome progress. That stinkin’ humidity would kill me….good grief!! The Santa suits cracked me up!
    I can not believe they screwed up your timing again!!! They suck, seriously!
    No stopping in a 5K! Just run as hard you can 🙂