I signed up for the Somerville Jingle Bell as my first race back not knowing that we would soon be invited to attend a holiday party the night before. It wasn’t like my first 5k race back was one I was training rigorously for, so I decided to tough it out and go to both the party and the race! I had no specific goals except to finish without pain, look cute in my sparky red skirt and have fun with friends.
The day before the race when I went for a short run with Dave, I had to stop short and walk. My body felt weak and sore. I was a little bummed and nervous to how this race would go. Fortunately, I think all the fun costumes and accessories that everyone was wearing throughout the race kept my spirits up and my adrenaline kept me going for the race day.
I finished the race with an unofficial time of 26:37 at an average pace of 8:19 and felt pretty good! It probably helped that Dave stayed by my side and talked to me the whole way. Everyone else did great too! Matt just barely missed his goal time but this just gave him some more motivation for the next race. Rob powered through even though cold weather running isn’t really his thing. And Chrissy ran her first 5k in 12 or so years! She said she didn’t mind it and would definitely do it again. I told her that I’m going to convince her to do a half marathon some day and she didn’t seem too against it! Score!
Overall we all thought that the race was well organized, not too crowded that you couldn’t move but just crowded enough that you could feel the holiday spirit, and a good course. Dave and Matt enjoyed that there were a few hills to keep it interesting and a little challenging.
After we chatted about the race and the fun costumes we saw, we headed to the Foundry. I was really craving the pain perdu pudding from the brunch buffet-I had fallen in love with it when I went to the Foundry with the Boston Brunchers. I’ll have to go again to get the pudding because the wait was a little crazy since the race ended just a street over. Instead, we enjoyed our free Harpoon IPA.
While we were celebrating, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to snag a picture with the abominable snowman. This was just one of the great costumes that was out there on the course. Next year I may need to step it up a level!
Even though I was completely exhausted from a very long week at work, a busy Saturday of Christmas shopping and a holiday party, it really felt great to be out in the race environment again.
I also loved that my friends (who are just getting into running) had brought up that it was totally worth the $35 to do this race. You get a t-shirt, a cool medal, free snacks, the road to yourself, and a free beer to celebrate with your friends! It reminded me of how I had a friend who had mentioned he couldn’t ever see paying for a race and would much rather run for free. That experience inspired me to write my Racing is Stupid post. I think I have this secret mission to convince everyone that racing is worth the money. I also enjoy inspiring people to push themselves just a little farther than they think they can go! It might just involve me running a 5k with all the non-believers! 🙂
Have you ever dressed up for any races?
I don’t usually do a lot of races that you dress up for, but I think they are fun-especially when you do them with a lot of friends!
Do you have some friends who don’t understand your passion for fitness or the social aspect?
I have friends who work out like crazy and friends who barely workout-some who understand the fitness craze and some who don’t. I love ’em all each for their own reasons!
What is the craziest costume you have seen someone race in?
I didn’t see it in person, but I saw a picture of someone running in a porta potty costume!