Monday, December 12, 2011

race report: santa sightings 5k

I love a good schtick. So when I came across a 5k with a race fee that included a Santa suit, I just couldn't say no. And I managed to wrangle Jules and Laura into running with me. Everyone else who didn't want to do it? SCROOGES, I SAY. The race was at 11:00am this past Saturday. Not too bad, except for the fact that it was about 60 miles away. But, it was well worth it for the awesome felt Santa suit that I received.

I gave Laura a hard time about running in the whole get-up. But I really regretted that after I managed to break the drawstring on my pants within five minutes. She actually had to tie me into them, because she knew that if she didn't I'd take them off and conveniently "misplace" them. I have to say, kudos to her, because that it absolutely correct. Once I had the whole outfit on, I have to say I felt pretty jolly. And I definitely looked as though I had a belly full of jelly.

Laura and I found Jules and Dutch prior to the start of the race and of course, we couldn't resist taking many pictures in our wonderful, awesome, luxurious Santa suits. My first reaction when I saw this picture is "God, I look fat". And then I had to remind myself that I was essentially wearing two sets of clothing.

Now on to the actual race! It was an incredibly fun race. There's nothing better than bobbing Santa hats as far as the eye can see. There were Christmas carols being sung and everyone seemed to be having a wonderful time. It was definitely a HILLY 5k, though. Towards the end we ran up a mountain of cobblestones only to run back DOWN them shortly after. I kept thinking to myself, "Wow, I bet my PT is going to regret telling me I should run this race!". I was sweating profusely due to wearing winter running pants and a long sleeved shirt under my felt costume. In case you were wondering: felt doesn't breathe very well. Or at all. The distance was short (my Garmin said 2.89 miles), but who cares? WE WERE DASHING THROUGH THE SNOW (ok, there wasn't any snow) and I enjoyed every second! Ok, I didn't really enjoy the parts where we were running up the hills, or when I was sweating profusely. But I did like everything else.

I managed to lose my belt as I crossed the finish line. My pants literally disintegrated shortly after this picture was taken. Success.

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