Drove down to Seattle for this one (Kirkland actually). The weather was a real treat; several degrees warmer than Bellingham, about 35, and SUNNY! Could not believe how many people were running in holiday costumes! Dogs too.
I didn't feel "on" from the get go this morning; been fighting a cold, and kind of low energy. Warm up was good; left quad tight from the car ride, but I got it worked out. The first mile was a long uphill, then a downhill, then a flat section along the lake to the slightly downhill finish. In the end, I was passed by a 15 or 16 year old boy in elf ears and a green hat, who tried so hard to beat me! It was very funny when he blew by me. My husband was waiting for me, and he said "looks like you got your butt kicked by an elf".
We waited around forever for awards, and it was cold, and I forgot warmer socks, so we sat at a really good coffee shop for awhile and then walked around Kirkland. It was sort of stupid to wait all that time for a silly ribbon.
Since we had driven all the way down to Seattle, we had lunch and did some shopping before heading home. Tomorrow I've got to be in town for some meetings, then its back to the mountain, hopefully until New Year's!