As a part of the training for the 1/2 marathon in April 2010, I thought I should try running an official 5k race. On November 21, 2009, I completed the Jingle Bell Run 2009 which benefited the Arthritis Foundation. Since my brother Eric suffers from arthritis, I wanted to help this worthy cause. I ran the race with my friends from prayer group; Paula, Rosie, Renee and Carrie. It was such a great experience. It started to get me psyched for the 1/2 marathon, that's for sure! I ran the race in 33:38. I didn't think it was too bad for my first race. If I would have registered as a "competitive" runner, I would have actually finished in the top 35 for my age group. I gotta say, not bad for my first race!