Today was my very first ugly sweater run! I somehow convinced Kyle to run with me, using the “do it for my birthday” excuse.
I woke up around 7:20 AM to get ready for our departure at 8:15 AM. I discovered that my cat thinks D-tags are stupid. Or delicious.
FYI this was the D-tag from my Berkeley half, not this race. But this was good to know. Note to self: do NOT put your D-tag on your shoe the night before a race, or you will find it in kitty poop, 2-4 days later.
We arrived at the race location around 8:40AM. I think my half marathon mentality took over my decision making. We could have arrived 15 minutes before the race started and we would have been fine…
So we killed time by taking pictures with Santa.
It was pretty darn cold in the morning, especially with the wind. So after pictures, we went back to Kyle’s car to warm up. And before we knew it, it was time to get to the starting line.
Kyle was pleased by the crowd. He was afraid we’d be 2 of 20 people at this race haha.
We made our way towards the front, and then it was time to run! We took off and I was surprised that we were at the front of the pack.
We stayed in the top 15 throughout the whole race. Keep in mind, this wasn’t a “race.” We didn’t even have chips or clocked times. But it’s fun to pretend you’re super fast.
Kyle hated the whole thing I think. He was such a good sport, running it with me even though he hates running. We ran it in 26:33. Nothing impressive. I was pleased though because it felt super easy. When it finished, I was like, “Wait that’s it? I was just getting warmed up!” #progress
The race started at 10 AM. We were in our car and on the road by 10:28 AM. Tiny race, but it really got me excited for the holidays. Not like I wasn’t already…
Next year I will definitely up my ugly sweater game. I texted the photo of my sweater to my little cousins. They had a race the same morning and wanted me to run with them (I was asked after I had already committed to the ugly sweater dash). I was told, “That’s not ugly.” The good thing about kids is their honesty. So clearly I wasn’t ugly enough. Next year!
Don’t forget to enter in my Road ID giveaway if you haven’t already! This will close on 12/12/13.
How was your Saturday? I know a few of you were doing ugly sweater runs. How’d it go?
Do you tend to treat small races like half marathons (e.g. get there super early, hydrate really well, hit the porta-potties super early to only discover there will never be a long line, etc.)? I found out that I do…