This yr’s race shirt – love the design, however we had been stunned with technical shirts, and had chosen our sized primarily based on the cotton shirts previously.  I may have used a smaller dimension however they had been out once we tried to trade them on race day.  Oh nicely.

On Saturday I ran the St. Nick Enjoyable Run 5K for the fourth time – it is such a candy little race that our group retains coming again, yr after yr.  The climate was clear and just a little cool at the beginning, however with an eight:00 am begin time, we ran within the solar and it bought fairly heat.  I used to be very glad that Diane and I had been solely working the 5K – that was sufficient solar for us. 

I up to date my conventional Christmas apparel with a brand new elf-inspired headband, and had purchased some socks to match, however after I put the socks on that morning, they had been too massive within the foot – that one dimension factor does not work for everybody, drat.  I may have worn them to stroll round in, however it could have been blister metropolis to run in them, so I wore my previous Christmas socks, which first made their look in 2010…apparently for those who solely put on one thing a pair instances a yr, they final ceaselessly.  That was a very good $5 funding!

Wanting fairly good for being 9 years previous!
Karen in her fascinator, as she referred to as it, and me in my elf hat/headband.

Jimmymeow unveiled his new vacation shirt:

Why sure, that may be a Santa cat using a unicorn, with the phrase BELIEVE on the backside.  He bought it at Walmart and mentioned that you could get any form of cat shirt you need at Walmart so file that data away simply in case you want a selected cat shirt.

We bought the group collectively for a fast pre-race photograph:

From left:  Jeff, me, Andi, Logan, Cary, Karen, Cindy, Diane, Brian, and Julia.

Jeff, Julia, and Cary had run from the clubhouse, over the river (er, freeway) and thru the woods (okay, woodsy neighborhood), to reach with 12 miles underneath their belts on the race begin.  They modified garments and bought able to run the 10Ok – with 18 miles on their marathon coaching schedule that is how they made it work with the race.

Diane and I ran collectively and had a really quick first mile, particularly contemplating we had been doing 2:1 intervals.  We slowed down a bit for the subsequent two miles, however the route changed into a little bit of an impediment race due to a heavy rainstorm that had handed over just a few hours prior – among the roads had a variety of water on them.  The primary one we got here to, the place the water was masking the highway backward and forward?  It did not look that huge (perhaps four ft) so I made a decision to leap over it.  Did not fairly clear the water and I ended up working the remainder of the race with one soaked shoe.  I may have continued to leap the water obstacles, however determined that I pressed my luck sufficient with the primary try and did not wish to slip and find yourself totally within the water, so I slowed down and gingerly picked my manner round the remainder of them.

We completed the race, bought some water, and headed over to get our Blue Baker cookies; this race has the perfect sponsors!  Here is Logan having fun with his cookie:

I had one too however he seems cuter cramming it into his mouth than I did.
Submit-race banana as nicely.  I had every little thing Logan did, plus Blue Baker espresso.  He regarded like he needed a sip of mine however I did not share.
Selfie with Andi, Logan, and Cindy.

Then I noticed a canine:

A lot petting, a lot licking (the canine, not me) ensued – oh how I beloved her.  Shhh, Paco has no thought I cheated on him.  I can’t resist the lure of a dachshund.

I headed over to the end line to attend for the marathoners to come back in – first Jeff and Cary:

The child working in behind them was a race volunteer – I feel he was attempting to beat Jeff and Cary to the end line, which was humorous contemplating they had been at mile 18.2!
Adopted a couple of minutes later by Julia.
Longest run ever for Jeff and Cary – Julia has run a few marathons so she’s an previous professional with this distance.
They had been doing the age group awards whereas we had been standing there, and all of the sudden Jeff’s title was referred to as!  As he walked to the rostrum, the race director introduced that he had really run 18 miles that morning, which was good.  It was a very good factor he bought third place as a result of stepping up that top was tough after so many miles.  Santa helped him up, after which made for the funniest image by standing behind the rostrum…I feel he was of regular top however he positive seems brief on this image!
Afterward I held Logan, who was not tremendous glad as a result of he actually needed his mother to select him up, however she was just a little drained from the run.  And for any Texas A&M followers, you may see the again of the scoreboard at Kyle Subject behind Logan’s head – we had been simply throughout the road from the college.

We went to Blue Baker afterward, and I’ve at hand it to Tee, our common server there.  Cary had texted her earlier to let her know we would be a pair hours late, and once we bought in line to put our orders, she had every little thing prepared tremendous quick – she was ready for us with our ordinary orders all set to go!  It was a pleasant option to finish race day.

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