On Saturday 12/14/ Ray and I ran the Reindeer Run 8k on Hutchinson Island, raising money for the Rape Crisis Center in Savannah. I've ran on Hutchinson for 2 5k's before, so there was a little bit of extra course that I hadn't done before, which went under the Bridge. It was a pretty nice course, mostly flat, except for the camber on the race track (as seen here).
People were dressed up in costume. I had my tutu, shown below, that I talked about in my last post. You still can't really see the sparkle, but I promise it's there!
As far as actually running it goes, it was sooooo painful! I worked out more than I ever normally do this week, and my body was not happy with my for it. On Monday, I did gentle (but still power) yoga, Tuesday I did a Pure Barre class which was pure torture (look the method up if you've never heard of it!), Wednesday I didn't do anything because I was too sore from Pure Barre, Thursday I ran 10 miles even though I haven't gone more than 3.5 since Rock n Roll on 11/9, Friday I did yoga again, then Saturday was my 8k. My legs were so heavy, and even just walking was painful. Thankfully Ray was sore too from working on our roommate's car Thursday night, so we commiserated together. But hey, technically it's a PR at 1:10:06 since I've never run an 8k before! It was 4.92 miles, for those of you wondering ;)
Afterwards, they had a great after party in the Convention Center, with chili tasting and lots of other things going on. Leopold's Ice Cream was there, and if you're ever in Savannah, you have to go! It's so amazing, and the owner Stratton Leopold has also worked on many major films, whose posters are all around the restaurant. I even got to meet him! (last picture) Annnnnd, I also met Paula Deen! I almost didn't recognize her because she's lost so much weight. The Deen's were judging the chili cook-off. Overall, it was a really fun race, I just wish I hadn't been sore! I'm sure I'll be back next year!
Have you ever tried to do too much in one week? How long did it take to "reset"?