Race Report: Jingle Bell Run 5K

So, today was my first legitimate attempt at a race in… four years, I think?  (I signed up for a set of increasingly longer races as a package a couple of years ago in hopes that they’d get me running again.  They didn’t, and I ended up walking all three of those.)

Anyway.  I woke up this morning to find an email from the race organizers letting me know that since the donations I collected added up to more than $100, I was getting VIP status.  That meant access to a closer parking lot, and access to the VIP tent where they had free breakfast and stuff.  So that was cool.  (Thanks, Dad & Jen!)

Running shoes with bells and grass.

Ready to run… with bells on. Literally.

So I go there stupid early because that’s what I do.  Went to the VIP tent and had a coffee, a cookie, and a bit of lemon cake, but passed on the breakfast burritos.  I didn’t want to be too weighed down before running.  Then I pretty much just wandered around aimlessly for the next hour and a half, waiting for the race to start.  I really should find some local running friends or something for these sorts of things.  But that requires talking to strangers.

Wreaths and garland arranged in a suggestive array.

I’m… not sure this greenery placement was thought through. Because I’m 41 going on 13.

The race itself was pretty uneventful.  Course was nice and well-manned.  Pretty much flat.

The goal I’d set for myself was a sub-36:00 5K.  I wasn’t sure whether or not I’d actually make that, but I was pretty confident it would be rather close either direction.  Well, my official time was 35:27! (The monitor at the end said 35:25.4, but the results on the site say otherwise.)  I placed 64th out of 274 finishers, and 10th of 33 in my age group.  Damn straight, I’ll take that!

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My chip time is a whole 1.6 seconds faster than my officially recorded time. I’m also noticing that they’ve got my age wrong. I’m not 42 for another week, still. But that’s okay.

Happy with my finish, I headed back to the VIP tent to see if they still had any burritos.  I know waiting until afterward meant they’d likely be out, but I was in luck.  They just had enough fixings for a couple more, so I got my free breakfast burrito.  And enjoyed it immensely.

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BURRITO!!!!

So there you have it.  My first “legitimate” race attempt in a few years, and I’m happy with the result.  As always, thanks for reading!

I did it!

I did it!

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