This weekend I jingled and jangled all the way across the finishline at the NYRR Jingle Bell Jog 4 miler in Prospect Park. I have been wanting to run this race for years, but never had in the past for various reasons. Things I loved about this race: it was in Brooklyn, it started at 9:30am (yay sleep!), and it was insanely festive so I got to wear a costume.
We were given bells by NYRR so I put them onto my shoes, which meant I jingled all the way to the race start on the subway and jingled all the way around the course. At least I fit in when I got to the race itself Its always so funny taking the train in costume on my way to a race.. oh, the looks I get.
I decided to run this race for run and just enjoy the festive spirit and running with my sister. We both got our costumes together and met at the race start which was in the middle of the park. I checked a bag and much prefer NYRR new system to its old system. I feel much more secure leaving my stuff there now. My race bib number was exciting to me and I was thrilled to make my way over to the green corral. Not sure how this happened, but it may be the only time so I’m soaking it in!
The race started in the middle of the park which made for a bit of a walk from the train, and that may be my only complaint of this race. But it was nice walking to the start with other costumed runner, including ones dressed as reindeer, big presents, Santa, and Christmas trees. Then just others like myself dressed in sparkly skirts or red/green, which I think is just as cool
After a lining up in the corrals, the race started and my sister and I crossed the start line. We are both familiar with Prospect Park, so we were thankful the one big hill in the park came during the first mile of the race. Its not terrible, but its always better to get it over with right away.
After that, the race was pretty smooth sailing and we enjoyed chatting, looking at the costumes, and listening to all the thousands of bells jingling along the roadway. We didn’t focus on speed but just enjoyed being out there. It also wasn’t as cold out as its been which was pretty nice and made us much more comfortable.
We ended up finishing the race in 37:33 (9:24/mile) and had a great time! I am also absolutely obsessed with my new sparkly skirt and can’t wait to wear it again in other races. Really, it was nice to feel girly and glittery while running!!
Overall, I really enjoyed this race (especially the hot chocolate at the end!) and loved how festive the race and the runners both were. It really got me excited for Christmas and reminded me that the holidays are almost here! Afterwards, my sister and I had a nice brunch and spent some time together warming up from the race since it seemed to get colder as the day went on!
Now, besides the NYC Marathon in 2014 I have no other race plans right now and thats okay with me. I still am nervous about my leg and want to continue to take it easier. I may try to find some races for late winter/early spring btu for now I’m just enjoying having no training plan!
Also, the winner of the $100 SIX:02 gift card giveaway is…
Congrats Caroline!! Please contact me within 48 hours to get your prize [runlikeagrlmegan at gmail dot com]. I know you’ll enjoy it, you have so many things to choose from!
Have you ever run a festive race? Which one?
What holiday traditions do you have?