Wednesday, December 9, 2015

St. Nick 5K Fun Run Recap!

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!

This is a really sweet race to do - there are lots of cute kids and dogs participating, you get a nicely-designed long-sleeved cotton T-shirt (which serves as my holiday wear for the season), Santa and Mrs. Claus are waiting for you at the finish line, and it's small enough that there's a chance to win an age-group award (well, not me, but others, at least).  Plus cookies and coffee at the finish - what could be better?  

22 comments:

  1. That race does look like fun to do! I like the shirts you and Jeff are wearing so cute matching like that! Congrats to Jeff on his PR for the 10k!

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    1. Thanks - once in a while we pull it together with our running clothes. :)

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  2. What a fun race, I love all the bright running clothes too, gives a holiday festive to the run.

    Congrats to Jeff, that is really fast for a 10K.

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    1. He was fast! I think he surprised himself, to be honest.

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  3. Cookies, cookie dough, coffee, and Blue Baker? What could be better?! Oh, and a race with good friends. Love this race. Congrats to Mr. Speedy :)

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    1. Your first sentence reminds me of Buddy the Elf's four food groups (candy, candy canes, candy corns, and syrup).

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  4. Do you know I've never been a fan of cookie dough? Even in ice cream! Too bad they spelled her name wrong on the shirts though :(

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    1. But, but...EVERYBODY likes raw cookie dough!

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  5. RAW COOKIE DOUGH?! WANT. Ha, it's almost lunch time ;)

    What a fun race! I love the handmade age group medals! And that you are regulars at your restaurant - awesome!

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    1. We are like a group of Norms coming into Cheers. :)

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  6. I've never heard of raw cookie dough being served - I'd say that's worth a race!

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  7. I wonder if the cold helped everyone run a fast race? 36 is pretty chilly!

    Cookie dough- I love it raw better than baked, I will admit!

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    1. I'm sure the cold weather helped...plus, they are just that good! ;)

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  8. Wow, this actually reminded me of the first Jingle Bell run I did with you .... don't remember if it was a USAFit-organized thing or something else. Started in the Pebble Creek neighborhood. (I think it was USAFit.) I could probably look back at your blog somewhere and find out, lol! But I remember your jingle socks SO WELL and you running your heart out! :)

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    1. Ha! I found it! On your Wednesday, December 15, 2010 blog post. Meeeeemories. Yep, it was a USAFit thing. Man, that seems like forever ago, yet also only yesterday, right?

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    2. Oh dang, that was so fun - and you are right, a long time ago and yet such a good memory that it's stayed with me! :)

      Those are the same socks - hey, only wearing them once or twice a year makes them last and last, LOL!

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  9. Sometimes the small races are the best! Well, except for having people around you when you run, if you're a slow runner like me lol. Jeff's 10K time deserved a prize, I'm glad he got one.

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    1. Yeah, the 10K people were pretty lonely out there on the course, that's for sure.

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  10. What a festive race! Too bad that they spelled her name wrong on the shirt. And it's not like they just spelled it "wrong", it's like they used to wrong name! So sorry that happened. But at least you know in your heart that the race was for her.

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  11. Congratulations on the race! Lovely to see you!

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  12. Congratulations on the race! Lovely to see you!

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