Monday, December 11, 2017

Running of the Elves 5K Holiday Race

On Saturday I ran the Running of the Elves 5k with my mom and my sister.  I have never run this race but my sister ran it last year and really enjoyed it so I was happy to participate!

Lewisburg 5K races


   Like I had said the other day, I was not feeling well on race morning. I was fighting a sore throat and would have given anything to just stay in bed that morning. But you know FOMO.  Plus I already paid for it and I wanted to run it with my family.



It was pretty chilly that morning only in the 30's.  I know people may be thinking that isn’t too bad, but we haven’t had weather like that lately here so it felt cold. My Sister said that it would warm up fast and that we were probably over dressed (which we were), but we were trying to dress festive! 


Soon it was time to line up for the start. There was an announcement that had told us there were gift bags placed along the course that we were free to pick up.  I remember my Sister telling me about this last year and she said had she known which ones they were, she would have picked them up. Last year they were giving out RunLites. I was hoping that they would be giving them out this year because I don’t own a pair of those and thought it’d be nice to have.

One of the pretty church decorations along the route.

 After the National Anthem played we were off.  I surprised myself by keeping a pretty good pace considering I didn’t feel good.  I didn’t know what these bag would look like and thought there was one up ahead that was a draw string bag on the side of the curb, but then thought it was probably the volunteer’s bag that was directing the runners. The Volunteers who were directing the runners were in the Holiday spirit as well because they were dressed up as Elves and Santas!

 A little ways down the course I did end up seeing the bags. These were not gift bags though they were reusable bags that you would use as a grocery tote. As soon as I grabbed one I thought man this is pretty heavy maybe I should just put it back down, but I decided to keep it. Of course there was a pretty steep hill coming up. Between fighting with this bag and readjusting my Christmas hat and scarf I was having a heck of a time.

After conquering that hill I was glad to be on the other side of it. Just when I was rounding the corner I saw my Dad. I was so happy to see him so I could give him my bag. After I had given him my bag I realized that I had put my hat and scarf in that bag and was regretting not having it for the rest of the race.   The only part that was really cold on me was my face. I picked up some more speed after getting rid of all my baggage and I was soon on the home stretch. I saw the finish like about a half mile away and I thought that can’t be right. Why does the Finish Line always look so much closer than it really is? I tried to push anything I had left and crossed the Finish Line strong.

 I noticed on the clock that I was about 2 minutes slower than my average 5k time, but I was perfectly fine with that since I wasn’t feeling well and I stopped a few times to see what were in the goody bags along the course.  


My sister came in shortly after me and we discussed our race while waiting for our mom to come in. My sister said she was one minute slower this year, but she did get a gift bag which was her only goal for this race...haha.


We then met up with our dad and went to the awards ceremony.  Even with my slower time and my cold, I still pulled out a 1st place age group award!  My mom even placed 1st in her age group too.  She was pleasantly surprised and I was happy for her.



Afterwards we all met back at my parent's house where we had brunch and then finally looked into our  gift bags from the race. Since my sister and I both gave our bags to our dad when we saw him along the course, we had no idea what was in them.  Oh, and something about these gift bags, they were not in plain view along the course. They were sort of hidden. Some of them were even across the street from the route we were running on, and most were hidden behind volunteers. A bit confusing for first time runners for sure.


In the gift bag I received an aluminum water bottle and a t-shirt from a race that I actually ran a few years ago.  My sister received the same water bottle, a fleece blanket and shirt from the Fall Day 10K (which she did not run) and a really soft shirt from the Monumental Mile from this year that she DID run. She was very pleased with this since she did not order a shirt for that race and was pleasantly surprised to see that particular shirt was a size small!

Hanging my shiny new AG award on the tree!

Even though I was feeling under the weather this morning, it was another great holiday activity to participate in. However, I end up resting up the rest of the evening.  -L

What do you like about your local holiday race?




We will be linking up with the gals from TOTR.

35 comments:

  1. How fun to have gift bags along the route! Lucky you for snagging one; free swag is always cool. Big congrats to both you and your mom for the AG awards, and I have to say, all three of you looked so cute!

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  2. That sounds really fun to pick up gift bags along the way! I would think that would make the course feel faster (but may also slow you down a bit:) Congrats on your age group win!

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    1. While holding the bag it didn't feel like the race was going faster since I had more weight to run with. I was glad to get rid of my bag to be able to speed up.

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  3. This sounds like such a fun race! Gift bags along the course is a really cute idea! Love your outfits! Congrats on your AG placement (and your mom, too)!

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  4. Congrats to all of you! What a cute (yet weird) idea to put gift bags along the course. Great swag though! We don't have any local holiday races here. I think the weather is just too cold and iffy.

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    1. It was cold, but we lucked out there was no snow or wind.

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  5. Y’all look so cute and festive in your Christmas running gear! That is so nice you got to run a race with your mom and sister! Congratulations on your first place AG award! I love the elf ornament/medal! We have a 5k called the Jingle Bell Jog but I’ve only been able to run it once because it’s always the same weekend as St. Jude! I hope you are feeling better today!

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    1. Thanks! It was a fun race. That is one good thing being in a small area there is not other races that weekend to compete against it.

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  6. I agree with Marcia--cute but strange idea with gift bags on the course. Glad you were able to snag a AG win even though you had to pick up a gift bag and you weren't feeling well.

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    1. Yea it was almost like an obstacle, grab a bag and see if you can still continue to run with it...haha.

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  7. Well, I blogged about what I liked about my local holiday race just today. :) That sounds like such a fun race! I would've looked in that bag right away though, LOL. When I read that I thought what a cool idea -- but didn't think about having to carry the bag. I know I wouldn't snag an AG award (not that I ever do) while carrying that!

    Sounds like such fun.

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    1. Well I wasn't sure how many were throughout the course so I wanted to make sure I grabbed one. Didn't want to feel like I was missing out.

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  8. I love the idea of gift bags along the route! That sounds like such a fun race. I have not done a holiday race, although our running club does run around a ball park that has a lot of Christmas lights once a year.

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    1. That was one thing that would have been nice if it was dark enough to see the Christmas lights on houses, but I guess that would have had to be a night race and then it would probably have been a lot colder.

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  9. So fun that the 3 of you had the chance to run the race together. Love the festive outfits

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  10. Sounds like a fun race! I love the gift bag idea! Adds a different element to racing!

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    1. Yes it does. I never heard of a race doing that until this one.

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  11. The gift bags are a neat idea. Can't go wrong with a water bottle. I need a new one since I misplaced mine when I had a meeting on main campus a few weeks ago.

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    1. Oh no! That is the worst. I remember leaving mine at work once and I called to make someone go look for it....haha.

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  12. FOMO is REAL!!! haha. Congrats on the AG win. You were ROCKING those leggings girl!

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    1. Thanks. They were very comfy. They were fleeced lined.

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  13. So cute that you get an ornament for the AG award! Love the leggings too!

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    1. Too bad everyone couldn't get an ornament, but they were only given to Age Awards.

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  14. What a fun idea to have gift bags hidden along the way! Though it does sound like it could be hard to run with them. Congrats on the age group awards to you and your mom :)

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  15. Ok, that sounds like so much fun.,as a back of the packer, I wonder if its an advantage or disadvantage. All bags gone? Or you get to do a big sweep of them? Haha

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  16. The gift bags sound like a fun little scavenger hunt! That's a great twist to a race group getting rid of leftover shirts/swag from previous races.

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  17. Haha I love the fact that there were hidden gift bags along the course, that's such a fun and unique idea! I have a feeling I'd be so distracted by searching for the bags, I'd get so slowed down.

    And I NEED those pants. They're amazing!

    Susie | http://milehighdreamers.com

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  18. Reading this has actually made me feel a bit better - I have a Christmas Race coming up on Sunday that I can't miss as its my 17th race of my 17 Race Challenge this year. But I feel awful. Started with a cold and now I am in bed with a stomach bug. So you have given me encouragement that I will be able to run on the day. I will just take it slower.

    Well done to you and your mum for your placing in your age groups! What a lovely way to round up the year of racing!

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  19. Congrats on your AG! I love getting ornaments instead of medals. :) I'm glad you had a fun time running with your family!

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  20. Great work on the AG win! And your mom, too! I love the idea of a race with my family but no one else is into running, ha.

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  21. Wow! This seems like a perfect Christmas race, Lacey and Meranda! Congrats on your AG! ;)

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