One year it poured rain, I mean like blinding rain, a few years ago it was nippy but nothing like this year! Last year when I ran this it was almost 70 degrees....we kind of had summer that just wouldn't go away last year.
It was about 28 degrees for this one and the crazy thing is the humidity is so non-existent in VA right now it feels even colder.
I went with my old Navy leggings, and they kept me very toasty. I had a cuddle dud shirt under my Mickey T.
|My hat was last year's swag :)|
This route goes through a neighborhood called Walton Park. Every year more and more houses decorate and it seems more and more families hang out and cheer. The streets are lined with kids wanting to high five everyone. ✋✋ Lots of houses pipe very loud Christmas music and there is always a DJ, I am not sure if it a neighborhood person or actually part of the run LOL but he is always there cheering runners along.
I always try to get to get close to the front because this is a fun run and there tons of kids that run it with their school classes, and families. The groups are big for this and there are a billion strollers.
This year everyone was packed tightly in the start shoot so I couldn't get up as far as I wanted. When Santa said go I had to just trot along and do some dodging until I got to a thinned out space.
|The speaker was loud|
I started back a bit farther than I hoped!
I enjoyed the decorations and told myself to take it easy, there isn't even a clock! LOL
About a half mile in, I got in my own space. I had some faster runners around me and I tried to keep up with one in particular...he had bells all over him. A running elf that sounded like a symbol 😄
Mile one went fast, and I decided to use the crowd momentum to push my pace. It has been so long since I have been able to run and sustain anything "fast" for me, it felt good to be at panting pace.
I was panting and high fiving as many kids as I could.💚
This neighborhood has a few big hills, two of them are about 45-50 feet up. It was strenuous for me to hold my pace going uphill, a lady asked me if I was okay during mile two going up a big one. I must have been breathing too heavy. I laughed, I knew I was huffing but I told her I was determined to hold my pace. I went from - I just want to have fun, to being competitive with myself. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
At the mile 3 sign I felt soooooo tired but I was determined to make myself go. I kept running and high fiving! I was passing houses so fast, I couldn't take it all in. I was planning to do a second loop like I did last year, so I could go easy around the course and look at all the displays...
A lot walkers just stroll the course, so the course was still packed when I finished.
I love the finish area, Santa waits to high five ya!
I receive my medal and drank the small bottle of powerade they gave everyone at the finish.
|The medal is actually an ornament and I love the hat!|
It took about 7 seconds after I stopped running to feel how cold it was. I felt fine running, I even had to take off my gloves I got so warm, but I went from warm to icicle-like fast.
The course was a little long this year so I ran 3.9 miles :) I also ran a mile warm up before the event, so it was a pretty good workout night. It felt good to get some speedier miles in - it has been a really long time since I have seen anything close to this pace on my watch.
My legs were torn up the next day LOL
I toyed with going back into the neighborhood for a second loop, but decided to call it a night. I had a fun run, and I didn't want to get sick, so I booked it back to my car with a mission of a hot shower :)
I did not know these girls, I just thought they looked adorable so I took their pic lol
A lot of people come decked out, it is fun to see all the outfits!
This event always gets my Christmas love flowing a bit every year!
Did you do a fun holiday run this year?
Become competitive with yourself even when it is supposed to be "fun"?