A Festive Weekend

December 13th, 2011 | Posted by Lindsay Runs in Blog Posts

It’s one of my manyyyy favorite times of the year: Christmas time in NYC! (Other favorite times of the year: NYC Marathon weekend, my birthday, the entire months of May and September, and Labor Day weekend.)

The temperatures are dropping, the holiday lights and decorations are up and I am almost done with all of my Christmas shopping. I kicked off the holiday season this weekend by a fun “race” and an all day Santa bar crawl. Also known as: NYRR Jingle Bell Jog and Santacon. And it was amazing.

Green bagels always make me skeptical...

About a month ago, my friend Noelle suggested we sign up for the NYRR Jingle Bell Jog as a fun race. Though it was kinda pricey ($50? for a 6K? In Brooklyn?), I decided it’d be nice to get out there and do a low key run with her and Terence. Since I haven’t been running much, I knew I was in no shape to even attempt to race this, so I told them I was happy to run, jog, walk, or cartwheel as slow or as fast as they wanted to. I know I have a HUGE problem with doing races when I’m not in shape and not going to PR. However, signing up for this race knowing that I would just do it for fun, not as a race, alleviated a ton of stress since I never had to alter my mindset.

It was perfect! Molly also joined us and drove us to Brooklyn bright and early on Saturday. We actually missed the gun going off between trying to park and using the portapotties. Whoops?

Terence and I ready to run?

But, no stress here! We hopped in the corrals and took off at a leisurely pace, just enjoying the bells ringing on our shoes and fun costumes. We were going between 8:30 and 9:00 pace, dropping it down to 7:30 pace the last half-mile or so. We finished just under 32:00. For comparison, my college 6K PR was 22:58 on a hilly/grassy XC course…. so probably not comparable at all actually. A new personal worst time? Sure. A new most festively fun race? Yep!

Drafting off some santas...

We had SO much fun, we even made it onto the NYRR photo gallery. My life is now complete.

Molly, Me, and Noelle

We quickly headed home, showered, and changed into MORE festive attire and got ready for Santacon. My third year doing it, Santacon is always a blast and an excuse to be ridiculous and make friends with hundreds of other fun people dressed as Santas. Except, I am different and I’m a reindeer :)

Ladies in the apartment

Santa, can I get a drink?

And some of us dress as red M&Ms...totally normal

After a few bars, we ended up at a Japanese Karaoke bar in Midtown, belting out top hits such as “Barbie Girl”, “Build Me Up Buttercup”, and “All I Want for Christmas Is You”. You haven’t lived until you’ve seen a dozen santas singing off tune to weird Japanese videos.

After the race, drinking all day, and a very unexpectedly fun night, I spent all day Sunday glued to my bed watching season 2 of Parenthood and doing a bit of work. Healthy living at it’s finest.

Weekends like this makes me  wish Santacon came more than once a year! But alas, I have another fun weekend coming up with my friend Kristen coming into town, and a Secret Santa exchange on Sunday! Let the festivities keep on comin’!


On the running front, I’m finding it harder than I thought to run outside. It’s dark, it’s cold, and I’m full of excuses and lacking motivation. I’ve got about 2-3 weeks of easy running left before I start to really think about training for Boston, but I still want to build a little base. After struggling through 3.5 miles yesterday, I knew I needed running buddy motivation to get me out the door again. So, I met up with Alex at 6:15 this morning (gah) for 6.5 miles around the reservoir and bridle path. It was dark for about 5 of those 6.5 miles, but we had so much to catch up on since the marathon that the miles flew by!

Since I was up so early and had a bit of time I decided to stop at the gym to do some core and lifting work. I was so encouraged by your responses to my post on strength training and really appreciated the suggestions. I did a few exercises on the stability ball and headed over to the circuit machines, and actually have a feeling I’ll be sore tomorrow!

Any tips for winter running now that it’s getting darker and colder? How are you celebrating the holidays? Got more strength training tips?!

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9 Responses

  • Looks like a great weekend! I didn’t participate in Santacon, but I definitely saw the crowds all over the city all day! I think the gingerbread men I saw walking around were my favorite! Hilarious!

    Your plan to meet up with a friend to run sounds like a great plan. It’s always easier to workout when you’d rather stay warm in bed if you have someone waiting for you. At least that’s what I think!

    We’re staying in the city for the holidays but my husband’s mom will be visiting. Gotta get the tree this weekend!

  • Christmas themed events make me so happy! I really wanted to do a Christmas race but I couldn’t find any close by

  • Meggie says:

    Made it onto the NYRR website = FAMOUS. You may need to get a body guard now.

    In winter’s past, I’ve called up friends/had an upcoming marathon scaring the crap out of me. I have a hard time dragging myself to the gym alone and that is temperature controlled! I’ve been dropping $ on spinning. Hey, at least it’s saving my arteries? My sanity? Who knows….

  • sofia says:

    what a fun weekend! somehow i always miss santacon (there’s always some scheduling conflict – this year, a holiday party in the evening that i wanted to save my party stamina for) but feel like i MUST do it next year. and yay for takin’ it easy (and running festively) before boston – breaks like this are good for the (running) soul, i think.

    hopefully i’ll see you soon!

  • Kelly says:

    You are such an adorable reindeer! I have to admit, I loved being serenaded with christmas songs on the subway by about 20 drunk Santas. Your weekend was way funner than mine. I’m also super excited for you that you made it on the NYRR website. And it’s now a new goal for me, hehe.
    Right now I’m just glad to be running, so I don’t care that it’s dark and cold. Training for something is definitely a good motivation, and running buddies! I kind of like running in the dark though, it’s weird. See you Sunday!

  • I wish I had tips about running in the dark/winter. It always freaks me out and I am usually a baby and hop on the treadmill instead.

    Celebrating the holidays with lots of Christmas tree lightings and parties with friends/coworkers! I missed Santa con in Boston this year. :(

  • Aw your Jingle Bell jog looks so fun! I have been wanting to sign up for a “fun” run for awhile – maybe I can find one this winter. Would be nice to do a race with no pressure, just to enjoy it.
    Santacon looks so fun!! Love this time of year.
    Girl, I hear you with the lack of motivation this time of year. This morning my alarm went off at 5 to run in the dark freezing cold. Getting out of bed has never been so hard. Running buddies always make it better.
    PS: Huge fan of Parenthood, too!

  • haha your pictures in this post are the best! It was crazy seeing all the Santas all over the city on Saturday, especially once they had been drinking for awhile. I’ve been struggling to run in this weather too…not that I miss night shift, but it was easier to run when it was light out after work versus cold and dark now! We need to run soon…and not just on Sunday.

  • Lauren says:

    I love the picture from the Jingle Bell Jog! You guys look great! Congrats on making it onto the website.

    Sounds like a fun weekend all around. I love this time of year because of all the Holiday festivities. Makes me wish the Christmas season went on for more than just a month…

    And I wish I had some great advice about running in the cold dark but I am also lacking motivation these days. It’s easy to skip a run or just run short when all I really want to do is go home and curl up on my couch in front of the Christmas tree. I’m sort of just letting myself go with it for now, because I figure once January rolls around my life will become all about marathon training (at least to an extent). So I don’t really want running to feel like a chore yet, you know? I’m hoping that once I start having a purpose for all of these runs it’ll increase my motivation to be out there – or at the very least, I’ll have a reason to force myself out the door…

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