Maggie Rusch

Professional Triathlete

Running with Santa

Does a 5k warrant a race report? Probably not. But since it was a costume-friendly 5k filled with Santas, I thought I'd share for just the photos alone. photo3

Let's see... woke up way earlier than I would have liked to drive up to Reston, VA in freezing rain. Naively, I thought "hey, maybe I'll do well overall since this rain will probably scare people away." Nope. Showed and up got myself in the packet pickup line pretty early, at least before the line of Santas started to round the block.

After a nice and easy two miles for warm-up, I opted to brave it in tee shirt, shorts and my favorite Pearl Izumi arm warmers. This ended up being a great idea because even in the 40-degree weather, I was toasty by the end of mile 1. And that's why the arm warmers are so great - just ripped them off and rolled them up in my hand.

And then it was your typically terrible and much harder than expected 5k race. I basically felt like I was redlining the entire way (note: this also doubled as my run test so the perfect opp). In the end, it was so uncomfortable that I'd almost rather run a half-marathon off of a HIM bike leg then suffer through another! Finished in 21:15—bummer because I had hoped to break 21-minutes, but not terrible for the sort-of-off-season.

For a cool down, I then jogged the course backward and got a good look at some of the hilarious costumes. Plenty of Santas, elves, red and green tutus, as well as a random penguin. Next time I guess I'll have to plan my race day costume a little better...

 

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