Dec 12, 2016

Santa Run 5K (Race Report)

In following with my running holiday traditions, here is my last race report of the year--a Christmas themed race, the Utah Santa Run.

This race, put on by One Hill Events, was a 5K out-and-back run starting and ending in the Riverwoods Shopping Center in Provo. That was pretty convenient, allowing us to finish up on any lingering Christmas shopping we had left. But really the draw of this race is that, included with our registration, we got Santa suits. It. Was. Awesome.

This race came with SANTA SUITS!

I usually run a Christmas theme run each year in December. But this year, both my husband and my daughter joined me. I think that this has shifted from a Rachel-tradition to a family tradition, and I love that. Sure, for now at least, that means that we are walking a lot more and going at a much slower pace than we normally would since we're running with our daughter. But, we also got to enjoy this race together as a family, encouraging each other to keep moving and to stop whining.

We ran through the sea of Santa's, and added two more Santa's to the crowd. My daughter wore her elf outfit and hoped that all the Santa's would think that she was a real elf! As we got further into the course, we would happen upon rouge Santa hats, belts, coats, and even pants! I guess Santa Claus was getting warm on his run. The aid stations were stocked with the usual Gatorade and water, but also milk and cookies! My daughter stuffed her mouth full of cookies, but my stomach cannot handle that much sugar at once during a workout, so I kept with the water.

The view was amazing as we ran toward the mountains. And silly picture.

As we rounded the turn to head back into the shopping center from the running trail, we saw the inflatable finish arch with inflatable Santa, reindeer, snowmen, and penguins all around. And even more milk and cookies! And also the real Santa and Mrs. Claus! And our well-earned finisher medals.

We Santa's and our elf earned our finisher medals!
Although we didn't go super fast, we had a great time sticking together as a family. My daughter even passed quite a few people! She is such a little athlete. This was such a fun and festive race, and a great way to start off December.

I'm sporting Skirt Sports' Hot Legs Limited edition collection under this suit!

Dec 7, 2016

Thankful 13 (5K) Race Report

Something about this time of year makes it really hard for me to keep up with my posts! So I’m a little behind on my race reports—but not too much! My goal was to get this one, my race report on the Thankful Thirteen 5K, published before Christmas. And I’m glad I’m accomplishing that! 

Thankful 13!
My favorite Thanksgiving tradition, after spending time with family eating tons of food, is running a local turkey trot. And this year, my husband, my daughter, and my friend Tobi wanted to run a turkey trot as well. Utah has so many races going on all the time, and Thanksgiving offered many different turkey trots in so many different places. Since we loved the other Runtastic events we’ve participated in thus far, we registered for their turkey trot, the Thankful 13 (but the 5K). 

There’s something about waking up early on Thanksgiving morning just to get all bundled up for a race.  This was my coldest turkey trot yet, but I wore my Skirt Sports tough girl top with my toasty tights and I was plenty warm during the run. With it being a holiday, we dressed up! My daughter and I wore turkey tutus (hers was covered by her jacket), and all of us wore a turkey hat of some sort. These attracted quite a bit of attention to us as we all ran together, turkeys securely placed on our heads.

We had a great time at this race! We stuck together with our 5 year old, and she rocked this run. During registration, we were asked to share some things we’re thankful for. We were excited to see that all along the course were signs of displaying those very things we runners submitted. I even found a sign that displayed Alex’s thankful comment (he said he was thankful for me J).  These signs were a great reminder of what Thanksgiving is all about.

When we saw the finish line arch, June kicked it into gear and she ended up shaving off 30 seconds from her last 5K time! She did great, and we had so much fun running with her. We received turkey shaped finisher medals full of the things we are thankful for. We also scored some pumpkin pie and hot chocolate, which was really nice to enjoy while we waited at the finish corral to cheer on our cousin Tobi. She also did great, especially in the colder weather!

We are thankful for our family, for the gospel of Jesus Christ, for our nice home, to live by the beautiful mountains, to be from Texas, to be able to run and exercise, for delicious pie, for the saving ordinances of the temple, to live so close to so many temples, for good food, for good friends, for fun times, and for so many more things! I am thankful to have such a sweet daughter who is always striving to do her best, and to have the most incredible and kind and loving and sweet and smart and caring man as my husband forever.

Yet again, Runtastic put on a fun, memorable event. There was even a beard contest at the finish line party! The music was great, the photo opportunities were fun, and the after race treats were quite festive. We had a great time shopping at the expo too! There was everything from Damsel in Defense to running shops to KT Tape to Altra Shoes to LuLaRoe clothing represented. We are already looking at the 2017 Runtastic calendar to plan out our racing for next year. Well done Runtastic.
We're thankful we got to run this race.