Holiday Run Fun: The YMCA Reindeer Ramble 5K
[Ed: We’ve had unseasonably warm weather lately here in Kentucky, but this weekend brought back February weather at the start of March, and reminded us that even in the cold, we can have fun! And this run was SUPER fun! Annette brings us back to our second holiday run from December . . . ]
Running has provided me a range of emotion over the years, anything from sheer elation to anger. But my favorite emotion of all with running is when it’s just plain old fun. The YMCA’s Reindeer Ramble 5k/10k on December 9th provided just that, absolute fun.
The Set Up
The race began at 9 am, but because I needed some extra miles, I was there 1.5 hours early. So, I didn’t have ANY issues with traffic. I quickly found a parking space and took off, finding LA and MB in order to not have to run alone. It’s so much more fun with friends! [Ed: LA and MB didn’t find Annette until we were about a mile into our run and had decided she’d left us to go it on our own – we were a tad wrong – whoopsie!]
Upon completion of our extra miles, we set in motion a wardrobe change. You see, this particular race would find us running as a “Santapede.” (As a Santapede, all the runners in the team must run linked together — by garland, lights, string, whatever — and you have to stay linked for the entire race. You know, like a centipede, but it’s the holidays, so . . .) And if you’re running as a Santapede, you’d better look the part. That part includes, though will never be limited to, ugly Christmas Sweaters, reindeer/santa headbands, jingly bells, glitter skirts, Procompression Christmas Socks, a dog dressed like an elf, and garland, lots and lots of garland, to use as a harness.
Almost Missing the Start
Coach Erin and Deborah joined in on the costumes, and we worked with tying ourselves with the garland. MB somehow directed that I get tied to Coach Erin — I think I might have shot her a crazy-eyed look . . . (Erin’s, like, fast). Because we were so caught up in looking the part, we almost missed the start of the race. Deborah’s husband had to remind us to get into the starting line. That was a first. I mean, I don’t want to mention how many races have been run between the five of us, but we’re kind of old hat at this. There is no excuse other than the costumes/garland were a little more than we anticipated.
So we started in the back. The very back. Usually that’s not so bad; you can just weave around people. Not so easy when you’re tied to other people and there’s a dog involved. But we gave it our best and tried not to hurt anyone or ourselves! About a mile in, we realized that we hadn’t been blaring the Christmas playlist I had so skillfully put together. I remedied that immediately, as voices from over the decades rang out some of my favorites.
It All Comes Together
This race was just the way I like them, not too big and not too small. Considering it was about 22 degrees, I was surprised that people actually attended, but participants were in great spirits. It was fun!!!! We talked, sang with the music, made sure the dog elf wasn’t too mad at us for running slowly, and oohed and awed at what others were wearing.
When we crossed the finish line, we had no idea that we had won for the fastest team. We were just caught up in the experience of it. As Erin said, who knew a 5k could be fun!!! And it was! Next year, we’re coming back with even better costumes and a better understanding of the logistics of a Santapede. Will we defend our winning team status? I don’t know. And I don’t care. Sometimes running just needs to be fun. And this definitely was!
What’s the most fun race you have run?