2011 Jingle Bell 5K

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Hooray for the holidays!

Hooray for running!

Hooray for friends!

Hooray for beer!

(As you can see, I’m in a really good mood tonight!)

Mal and I joined our friends Elizabeth and Nick for the Jingle Bell 5K in Davis Square this morning. They had a couple of extra race bibs that they weren’t using, so they offered them to us. Holiday road race? We’re IN!

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Thanks to some great planning by Elizabeth and Nick, we stayed in their nice warm car until about 10 minutes before the race started. This meant that we didn’t need to stand outside in the 20 degree weather. Somehow, the temps in Boston went from nearly 60 degrees to 20 degrees in, um, about 48 hours. You know what they say about the weather in New England!

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While we waited for the race to start, we saw a bunch of fun holiday costumes, including a four-man avalanche.

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And Santa’s reindeers!

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I have no idea how running in blow-up reindeer heads tied together would work, but it looked so cool! I wonder how the race went for them?

At 11:00 on the dot, the race started and off we went!

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I went easy on the first mile since my body was cold and stiff and pretty stinkin’ sore from yesterday’s CrossFit class.

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But, once I warmed up, I kept a pretty good pace. Check out these splits:

  • Mile 1: 9:10
  • Mile 2: 7:49
  • Mile 3: 7:47

Not bad, right?! I finished in 25:59, so I didn’t break my Jingle Bell PR, but I’m still pretty happy with my time, especially since racing wasn’t my top priority today. I just wanted to have fun with Mal and hang out with Nick and Elizabeth.

After the race, the four of us headed to Sally O’Brien’s for lunch and beers.

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While there, I drank two Harpoon IPAs, which might be my favorite post-race brew ever.

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I also ate some chili as well as a few of Mal’s French fries and a couple of Elizabeth’s onion rings.

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Group pic!

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I’m so glad that I got to participate in this year’s Jingle Bell 5K. It’s an awesome race, and I swear the holiday costumes get better and better every year. (I dressed up as coal and/or Santa’s boot if you’re wondering.) The Jingle Bell definitely put me in the holiday spirit! Bring on Christmas!

P.S. If you haven’t entered my giveaway to win a $100 gift card to Eddie Bauer, there’s still time to enter. I’m picking a winner tomorrow morning!



  1. I’ve been reading for a while but haven’t yet commented…but I have to let you know that I ran by this race this morning! I had no idea that it was even happening but it looked like a great time 🙂 After finishing my run, I watched all the costumes go by from the warmth of my dorm. Too bad I didn’t know to cheer you on!

  2. Seriously, what happened to the weather here?! It was painfully cold outside today. I wore two pairs of gloves and my hands were still numb. Hate it!

  3. I love holiday 5k races because a.) They are short distance and low stress b.) They are a really fun way to get together with friends c.) The festivities always seem to be worth dragging yourself out of bed early on the weekend!

  4. Hi! My name is Alex and I’m a Boston runner too! I have been reading your blog for the last few months and I think it’s fantastic. I found it from runningonwaffles, my friend Amandas blog. I read that you ran the Jingle Bell run this morning and wanted to let you know that I was there, and totally understand how cold you were. Also the avalanche was one of my friends! He dressed up with three or four of his friends from The Training Room on Somerville ave. So funny! They were dropping white fluffy stuff for the entire race.
    Have a great day! Keep up the wonderful blog

  5. I ran this race too with my boyfriend and my sister! It was SO COLD. I seriously could not feel my legs for like the first ten minutes! Hahaha awesome race though. The Jingle Bell is not about the time it’s about the costumes, friends, fun, bottle opener medal, and post-run pub crawl! What a huge turn out! Cheers! 😀

  6. Tina! I can’t believe you were there this morning – I ran too! I wish I would have known, it would have been so great to meet you! Hope you stayed warm, it was such a chilly day, but I agree, so much fun with all the costumes!

  7. I was there too! It was so much fun! I was running behind the reindeers for a while and they even had a santa that was leading them all with reins. It was so funny…. I don’t know how they could see where they were going.

  8. There isn’t any snow here…yet, but there also aren’t any races. A holiday race would be a great way to keep a fitness goal and not get out of hand at early Christmas dinners and parties. Good job!

  9. oh gosh! I didn’t realize this was what was happening – I was walking along Boylston the other day and saw all these wacky costumes, and my friends and I were just stumped! But hey – now I realize I could have seen you! [I was the dork in front of the Four Burgers on Boylston waving…]

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