I quickly put together a costume, which included fun Nub Caps™ (ponytail holders to wrap around the bun(s) on my head), a green tee from JCP, socks, and tinsel garland!
|Really cute knee socks that didn't fit|
|Red Christmas Tree Garland|
|Battery-Powered LED Lights - unsused and lonely|
|How I pinned the Team Sparkle to my Sparkle Skirt|
|The full costume (complete with other Christmas socks)|
I headed towards Town of Tioga, and sure enough it started POURING as soon as I found a parking spot. I ended up putting on my green raincoat to hop out and go get my packet.
|Christmas Tree in the Town Center|
|So much bling|
|Cutie kiddies handing out race maps and glow necklaces|
|Stop laughing, this is cold for Florida!|
Not many people were out to cheer us on, and there was a glaringly obvious lack of volunteers out (only 1 or 2 people at turning points).
Just before Mile 3, we had lots (well, "lots") of people out, since it was closer to the finish, and they were telling us that we were almost done, yada yada yada.
|Mile 3, almost done!|
When we came in to the Finish, the clock said 34:37! Holy shit! Did I do a 5k in under 35 minutes? WTF? I told J to run ahead of me so she could finish before me, then I came in after. I didn't take a photo, though, of the finish clock, and I'm so bummed!
We got our medals and took a cute photo in front of the huge Christmas tree, then J looked at her app and said, "Why does my app only say we did 2.3 miles?" I was still so elated at my time that I told her it must be wonky GPS because of the rain - my Garmin was off too!
We hugged each other and I congratulated her on her great finish, then we headed our respective ways. Passing the packet pick-up area, where they were packing up, I asked where the results would be posted, and she told me that the results were unofficial - meaning no PROOF that I did a 5k this quickly. Seriously?
|Me and my new friend, um.... Starts with a J....|
|I've been a very good girl this year....|
|A great pen, a stick pen and jingle bells|
In the long run, you just gotta say, Oh Well. Running in the rain makes you 100% more Badass, and it was fun to do an evening run, and the bling was worth it.
Will I do it next year? Maybe. I love any race with bling!