Last Saturday I ran the Arthritis Foundation’s Jingle Bell 5K in Tulsa. It is a fund raiser with races in almost all the bigger cities.
Back when I used to run a lot the Jingle Bell Run was a must do. They had the best tshirts!! Big thick shirts with bold graphics. I think the fastest 5K I ever ran was during Jingle Bell Run. I think the temperature was 9 degrees F. I was motivated!!
Years ago, they used to have the run adjacent to a large inside space so you could stay inside where it was warm and when you finished you could go inside and warm up.
None of that nowadays! The race started in a big open field with a cold wind bearing down direct from the north pole.
Don’t feel sorry for me though. I volunteered to run the race and brought my heated vest that Heather got me for Christmas last year.
It worked great. Not only does it warm the body but it also warms your neck and has heated pockets!! So I was warm.
In fact as the race went on, I turned the heating elements on my vest off.
The race went up and down the Arkansas River using the River Parks trail system. I am up for a fast walk up and down the riverparks. I always see something new there.
I finished out of the money but I got a very nice participation medal. I don’t know exactly how I finished in relation to others in my age group for some reason they don’t have a link to the timing company on their web page. I’ve sent an email asking about it.
And the tee shirt. Still a very nice, thick tee shirt.
So I walked the whole way. Nowdays my fast walking pace is only a bit slower than my trotting pace so I just took it easy. Enjoyed myself immensely. I’ll be back next year.