So I ran the Reindeer Run 5K in Little Falls this morning. Slowly, of course. At least I didn’t walk, and I was out there doing it. And I retained enough breath to shout out silly remarks to fellow runners, volunteers, and people along the course watching. I like to think I amused a few people. Steven took a picture of me before I left, because we both rather liked my outfit.
Yes, the jingle bells on my reindeer antlers chimed the whole way. At one place in the course, we ran out a road to a truck, then turned around and ran back. I shouted encouragement to all the runners ahead of me (which was most of them) as they ran by me after they turned around. I said things like, “Looking good!” “You got this!” “Good job!” “See you at the party!” and, my own personal favorite, “Jingle all the way!”
The party afterwards was at Ed and Bud’s Bar and Grill on Main Street in Little Falls. I had been by Ed and Bud’s many times but never stopped in. I must make that a priority now. For one reason, the race director and volunteers were drinking Tom and Jerry’s, a traditional Christmas drink. It looked so good, but of course I did not have my wallet on me.
After the race, I walked back to the YMCA, where the race had started. I was feeling the cold by now, but walking up a couple of hills stretched my leg muscles out pretty good.
A highlight of the race was the Moose on the Loose. The Moose was at many events associated with Christmas in Little Falls, and people were encouraged to take selfies with her and post them on social media. Those who did so could win prizes. When I confessed to the Moose that I could not do so, she whipped out her phone and took one.
The Moose met me near the end and ran in with me. Alas, I started my sprint too soon, thinking the ending was closer than it was. Then I panicked.
“I’m not going to make it,” I whined.
“Yes you are!” said the Moose and another runner who was just a little ahead of me. Of course I did make it. As usual, I felt terrific once the run was over. I’m looking forward to the next Little Falls run. And to the run I intend to take by myself tomorrow. Or the next day. But soon. I like to run.