What a weekend! Mine has been full of freezing race fun… which started at 4:45 a.m. on Saturday.I joined the DC Road Runners crew to help set up the Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell 5k race.
Despite being half-frozen and half-asleep, I was really excited to learn more about how the timing mats and race logistics work.I even got to press some Chronotrack buttons! One more item checked off the bucket list.After the sun rose and runners started arriving, I helped man the day-of registration line. We had about 700 runners total… plus hundreds of dogs and babies It was super inspiring to watch all the runners get ready for the race. The energy was contagious!
I hung around and danced to the race music as the first finishers crossed the line. They were speedy!I had an awesome time helping out with this race and seeing the “other side” of race day. BUT I have to say I was pretty excited to head home to a warm apartment afterwards. All I could think about were pancakes…
So a triple-stack it was.I finally emerged from my pancake coma, just in time for race #2! This time I got to run it, not regulate it!
Anne and I joined her friend Karen for a snowy, cold, windy 8k this morning. It was 30 degrees out. We are crazy.
The below-freezing temperatures and snowy downfalls were definitely de-motivating during the wait for the start. Even though I got to sport my wonderful candy cane socks, I was seriously regretting signing up for the race. I am not made for winter.
There was a lot of bobbing and jumping to stay warm…And then we took off! I’ve never been so glad to start moving. Once the miles began flowing, my blood did too. And then I was happy, which showed in my race pace!
Hot cider at the finish line = best thing ever.Thumbs up for this race! I had a great time (after I stopped whining about the cold) and enjoyed the flat route.
I plan to sit on the couch for the rest of the day… in my Santa socks.
- Did you race this weekend? How did you do?
- Have you ever helped coordinate/manage a race?
- What’s your favorite holiday clothing item?