I 100% didn’t even blog about this run. It was on my radar and I even printed out the registration form but just didn’t bother to share that I’d be running it this weekend! *bloggers gasp*
It was our local Santa 5k Run that goes to support local families for Christmas; be it food or presents. I ran it two years ago with my running buddy Krystol and she reminded me that was our first race ever together. Awww, it was our 2 year Run-iversary 🙂
Saturday we had Hilary’s 3rd birthday party and a slightly late night so when I woke up up 7 AM, I just wanted to stay in bed. The girls were still asleep as was my husband. I eventually got out of bed as did the rest of the family and I was out the door quickly to the run. I was feeling miserable, like I was hungover but didn’t even consume any alcohol the night before.
I met up with some friends and hung out until the race started. It was very laid back with a few announcements and then we all headed outside for the “Ready, Set, Go”. I managed to get my Garmin to connect, something that I failed to do two years ago at this run.
As I started running I realised that this run wasn’t going to be an amazing run and to just get through the 5k for the distance. My Garmin was hiding under my sleeve and I only looked at it twice!
I slowly slipped away from two friends that were running faster then I and then had a few moments of “I should just walk”, “I don’t want to run”, “this sucks”. It was ugly. I took off my Santa hat and life got a little better as the heat from my head was able to escape. I clearly was dressed for Saturday’s colder weather as opposed to Sunday’s warmed of +9C!
Leading up to the half way point was a l-o-n-g and s-l-o-w hill – rough! I hit the turn around point and started back down that hill and was flying fast…it felt great. Eventually I slowed down a bit but was able to catch up to my running buddy and another friend.
After a few minutes of running with them my legs just want to go, so I slowly moved in front of them and just kept going. As I was approaching the finish area I looked at my Garmin and it read 5.25km – WHAT??? You mean, I already hit my 5k and I’m still pushing it at this point!
As I hit the finish area and stopped running, my Garmin read 5.40km in 33:11. Going from struggling and hating the run to picking up my pace and then running with friends only to have my legs want to go faster made for a great run in the end.
Anyone else to a Santa Run/Shuffle this weekend?
Ever wear a Santa hat while running?
Are you running in warm weather or cold weather right now?
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I did a charity 5km santa fun run yesterday too. 24°C. It was HOT and our suits were 100% polyester (shorts on the bottom, not long pants). I lost the hat (too big and fell off) about 500m into the race but ended up with sunburn. A lot of people took the suits off because they were too hot but I hadn’t put sunscreen on my shoulders. It was still fun – how often do you get to run with several hundred santas? 🙂 It was a very slow run for me though.
Pre-run pic here: https://scontent.cdninstagram.com/hphotos-xft1/t51.2885-15/e35/12346030_926252527461447_1417615771_n.jpg
Love it when a run turns around, and love your outfit!
It was fun!! Happy Run-iversary!
Love your outfit. I did a 5k with jingle bells last year. It was surprisingly fun.
Great job – you look fabulous! There is this great Christmas run in my town and I usually dress up for it but I am missing it this year!!
Woooohooo! Great job turning it around and having fun at the end! Plus your hat and socks are super cute 🙂
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