This year's shirt - the race honored the church's beloved Reverend Rhoda (spelled wrong on the shirt, unfortunately), who very recently passed away due to cancer.
We didn't plan this ahead of time, but Jeff and I managed to color-coordinate our outfits pretty well.
The Renegade Running Club, pre-race.
Brian and Cary - HO HO HO HO!
On Saturday, my running buddies and I ran the St. Nick 5K/10K Fun Run, which is held in the historic district of our town. I chose to run the 5K while the rest of my crew did the 10K. It was really cold - I think our car's temperature read 36 degrees when we arrived, but at least it wasn't windy or rainy, and my outfit kept me warm enough once I started running; three cheers for layers!
I ran the first loop with CC and Lolo (Loretta, but Lolo is her running name). We started out a little fast, which is pretty normal for a race, but after the first mile we settled down and fell into a decent run. It was nice to run in a different area, and we enjoyed looking at all of the really old, but well-kept, houses; we saw several front doors that were different shades of yellow - I did not know that was such a popular color, but it really looked good. Hmmm, wonder how that would look on my house? Anyway, we had a great time together, but I wasn't sad to turn toward the finish line while CC and Lolo continued on - what can I say, I'm enjoying some shorter runs.
Blue Baker was one of the sponsors, so there were cookies and coffee waiting for the runners - nice!
I got some coffee and a cookie and watched the rest of my crew to come in. Jeff came blasting in, and he said it was his fastest 10K ever (57:38, average pace 9:18). Everyone had a good race and it showed - nearly half of our group won Age Group awards, which were cute snowflake ornaments made by the preschool children from the St. Thomas Early Learning Center, who sponsored the race:
Jeff, Brian, Cristy, and Karen - winners!
Post-run picture - happy faces, happy racers.
After we were finished, we went to Blue Baker for breakfast. I loved that when we walked in, the manager said "hey, you guys are late today" - it's nice being a regular. The manager also brought us some raw cookie dough, which we all pounced on:
I caught Cary mid-bite - ohhh, this cookie dough was delicious!