I ran (and walked) the Santa Shuffle 5k this weekend. I am sooo glad I did it!
Okay, race-day re-cap:
Woke up at 6:30 a.m., I was so nervous, I just couldn't sleep anymore. I cleaned up the apartment, and then Jenn & I left for the race.
Weather-wise, we were at freezing temperatures, but the sun was shining so nicely. When we got to the race, there were Santas everywhere! I had to stand in three different lines: one for my bib, one for my chip, and one for my Santa Hat and Beard--lol. It was freezing cold, and they lined all the Santas up by mile paces. I aligned myself at the 12-13 minute mile marker, and waited for the race to begin. When the horn first went off, we were so shoulder to shoulder that we basically walked to the Start line. Good thing it was chip timed!
Here's a pic of the starting line:
The race itself was a blast. The course was absolutely beautiful--right around the entire Lincoln Park Zoo on Lake Michigan. The sunlight was bounced off of the shiny water, and the light was almost pink in color. I jogged the first mile without stopping, then started to do intervals of 8 minutes jogging, 2 minutes walking for the rest of the race. I did have to put my beard around my neck, as it started to bother me pretty soon after the race started.
My final chip time was 38.48!! I couldn't believe that I did it that fast!
Note to self and other winter racers: I was really careful not to overdress for the race, because I get really hot & sweaty when I exercise. I should have worn some gloves though, my fingers were non-functioning for 15 minutes after the race because of how cold and numb they were!
Here's me in my Santa get-up before the race:
A race pic (see how I'm crossing the finish line with some kiddos? ;-)):
And an "After":
Already setting goals and planning for my next 5K: I really want to be able to jog the whole thing next time!