This morning I ran the Reindeer Run with some friends from run group. It was a really interesting run, there was a lot to love about it and some things to really dislike.
Firstly, we had our “Winter Storm Benji” remnants arrive last night. High winds, colder temperatures and lots and lots of rain, because after all, it’s Florida and not Flori-bama, so we do not get snow.
It was pouring down a cold ran at 6 am, I was not amused. I had somewhat unrealistic expectations for this race. I was sure that with cooler temperatures that I would take some time off the time I ran at the Turkey Trot. I forgot to take into account that I had run an INSANE hill training session on Thursday, and then swam two miles on Friday. So I went into the race a little tired.
I picked up my packet yesterday. I had a free registration as I was representing my organization. Our organization nicely provided an extra shirt for all employees to wear. This is part of our new campaign to raise more awareness of our organization, and I like it. It is a great organization to work for, and while I sometimes feel extremely stressed, I am appreciative of the fact that I have a great boss, flexibility, and good benefits. in addition, I am proud of the care we provide. So I slapped on that shirt with pride.
The Bib for the race was also the most ADORABLE BIB I’ve ever seen….
I was a little sad because it got totally ruined in the rain.
The race started and I knew it was loops around a parking lot at a large shopping center. This is when I realized that my legs were not cooperating. Nothing really hurt, but the effort I was putting out was not reflective of the pace I was running. My legs were still really really tired from running the hills. I kept trying to pick up the pace, but my body was not having it. So…it became a bit of a run through parking lots, puddles. I freely admit I was a little frustrated, because things just didn’t go that well.
I have never been so glad to finish a race! I came in 6th out of 19 in my age group, and finished in the top half of the finishers so all is not lost. Plus we had some fun seeing each other!
When I finished, I was handed a medal which I think I will remove from the ribbon and make into a Christmas ornament. Much to my surprise this amazing goodie bag was also handed to me., making this one of the schwaggiest races of the year.
For a free race, I sure lucked out. Inside this bag was all of these delightful little doo-dads. Most exciting is a race belt that expands to hold a phone.. I’m going to be trying that out tomorrow.
Fun with Friends! YES!
Super Schwag! YES! especially for a 5K.
Organized event! YES!!!
Boo to the race being run in a parking lot, but I think the other stuff makes up for it all… and lessons learned about “racing” when not really on plan…. learned. My expectations…are tempered.
Happy Holidays everyone! What is your favorite Holiday activity or race????