December was a nice easy relaxing training month. It wasn't meant to be, but bronchitis and some quad pain sent it that way. I ran a total of 50 miles for the month. I usually run between 120-150. I did absolutely no speed work minus one race at the beginning of the month. I emotionally needed a break after not being selected for the Oiselle team, Cleveland Blogger or Nike Women's 1/2 Marathon. I was feeling down about running in general.
I figured new year new start. I ran the New Year's Day 5k (which was really 3.4 miles). This was formally the Cookie and Hat 5k. I missed the fun theme of the race but it was still a good time. I wasn't sure how it would go and had a goal to run around 8 min. miles. I figured it would be a good speed workout back. Once I started I felt pretty good and ended up doing the first mile in 7:20. It was cold but not too bad. My second mile was 7:30 and my third was 8:00. The final .4 was at 7:51 pace. I ended up finishing with a 26:02 (7:39 pace). I was third in my age group. I didn't stay for the awards because of my kids being home and I didn't want to be away too long. They ended up mailing me my award which was a 2013 training log.
Overall, I was very pleased and I am looking forward to many positive things for 2013.