A week after the Lynchburg Christmas Classic 5k I went, mainly due to peer pressure from friends, to Farmville in high hopes of breaking that elusive 22 minute mark. It was cold. Scratch that, freezing, and I was just not race ready. It was a small festive crowd, we sang "Jingle Bells" at the start line and were off. I didn't run as hard as I know I could have that first mile because of fear of burning out after the Lynchburg Christmas Classic where I started too fast. The second mile and third mile I kept a little better pace but the homestretch was up a very steep hill and I knew at the bottom of it that I wasn't breaking 22 minutes. In fact it was my slowest 5k since October but still in the 22 minutes range. I didn't make any PR's but I did have frozen toes and place first in my age (I was fourth woman overall).