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Giddy Up Jingle Horse, Pick Up Your Feet

Monday, December 14, 2009

The first song is because yesterday I ran the Somerville Jingle Bell Run 5K. And then the second one always seems to go with the first. But, oops, it's Chanukah. Hence song #3.

Here are the results of the race:

I came in as #4174. This was my second-best time ever, even though I was hot (note to self: Three layers, bad. Two layers, good) and felt like I'd eaten too much dried fruit before starting.

I had a blast, and the thing about this run is it must be what it's like to run on Halloween. Costumes EVERYWHERE. And I mean, everywhere. There were, to be sure, simple ones like striped socks, or antlers on the head, or candy cane barrettes, or little skater skirts over running tights.

Pshaw. There were HARD CORE costumes.

Like what, you ask?

Oh, there was the dude dressed as a Christmas tree, with gifts on his feet. I kept wondering if he was going to trip on them (these were empty boxes on top of his sneakers). Full Polar Bear outfits. A guy on what I believe were stilts. Elves, of course. Angels, too.

And, ho ho ho ....

Yeah, Santa.

Sure, there were Santas. But this one?


Santa, with a fake sleigh on each side of his hips, and, of course, a harness. Whaddaya put in the harness if you're Santa? Why, eight reindeer of course. The reindeer were eight other guys, all with fake reindeer heads on.

But wait, there's more!

This Santa plus sleigh plus reindeer had two elfin girls clearing the way ahead of him and a kid dressed as Rudolph up front (not in the harness). And he had bumper stickers on the back of his sleigh. One said, "How's my driving? Call 1-800-Go-Santa" and the other one said, "I brake for reindeer".

They were caroling, although I did hear Santa say at one point that things were going a tad fast for him.

So I wished Santa a Happy Chanukah.

This is my sixth and last 5K race of the year. I'll take some time off next year to recover from surgery, plus I don't want to run in ice competitively. But I want to do at least eight next year. And those times in the 40 minute range? I would like to get past them. I've only done that once this year.

But I have nothing to complain about in terms of times. For my first 5K, I took over an hour, and ran at an 18 minute-mile pace. But after that, I got into the 14 minute-mile pace and then 13 (like yesterday). My fastest pace was in November, a smokin' (for me) 12:19-mile pace. Going under 13 minutes for each mile guarantees that I'm out of the 40s. Hence that is a goal for next year.

In the meantime, I'm going to continue walking and running as much as I can (I have little things to put on my sneakers to give me more traction in the snow, plus I've still got a gym membership, which I'll hold onto as long as I can) and keep working on speed, endurance, jogging uphill and the final kick. Everything is a lesson and a goal, and I never knew that until this year when it came to running, so I am grateful that that perspective has crawled into my head.

Oh and I'm also going to enjoy my finisher medal/bottle opener.

You can't open bottles with an Olympic medal.

Onwards to next year and more great fun.
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    "Everything is a lesson and a goal, and I never knew that until this year when it came to running, so I am grateful that that perspective has crawled into my head." I hear you! It's so true. Such a great feeling to know that we have running and run/walking in our lives ...
    Congratulations on your last race of 2009 and I'm aiming for a 10K in 2010 (and a couple of 5K's)
    4055 days ago
    sounds like you had a lot of fun! great when people participate in these events

    4056 days ago
    You know it is SO demoralizing to be passed by Frosty the Snowman, like I was standing still. At least, I beat Santa and his inflatable reindeer!

    Great to see you again and keep up that running! I'm just waiting for first light to get out the door today. It's the only time I can fit it in today!
    4056 days ago
    You are still my hero... this qualifies as several quirks..

    4056 days ago
    Congrats on running the 5k. There is nothing you can't do. emoticon
    4056 days ago
    That race sounds like a blast. How do they run in all that garb? I hope to do more runs next year, but just for fun and calories burning. I don't have any aspirations to get faster and faster. I just like to burn buttloads of calories!!!
    4057 days ago
    Well my friend. It sounds like you had a very good year. And they will just get better the way you are going. Congrats
    4057 days ago
    Sounds like the definition of a Fun Run - I would be happy to just drag my butt out there and finish - can't imagine dressing up like that. Especially like the Santa, Sleigh and 8 tiny? reindeer. WTG You!

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    Hugs, Nancy
    4057 days ago
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    Nice job running. Can't say that I blame you for avoiding winter racing. Thanks for the music. Don't remember that dreidel song. We learned The Dreidel Song in 2nd grade. Dreide, dreidel ,dreidel made it out of clay....... I always liked Brenda Lee's voice. So powerful for 4'9". She's still married to her childhood sweetheart. She must tour quite a Have a great week. emoticon
    4057 days ago
  • JLITT62
    I really admire all you people willing to run in the cold & the snow! My first outside run was right before the first snow hit, and unless we get a major thaw at some point, I think it'll be my last outside run for a while. But that's ok -- I WILL get back out there again.

    You're doing such a great job, and you're inspiring me. Thanks for sharing!
    4057 days ago
    LOL! This was great. Wish I could've been there to see the whole North Pole at the race. Sounds like you've got a great plan set. Congrats! And thanks for sharing. HAPPY HOLIDAYS! emoticon
    4057 days ago
  • ADAMM9
    Awesome work! Glad you had such a great time. Sounds like the costumes were a blast. I love it when people get creative for these popular 5k events.

    Keep up the great work!
    4057 days ago
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    JANET!! You are rocking these 5K's before I know it, you will be running a marathon!!
    4057 days ago
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