Jingle Bell Jog 5k: Jingle Bells, Hot Chocolate, and Running
What better way to kick off the holiday season than running a Jingle Bell Jog 5k in Prospect Park! Out of all the NYRR races, this is the most festive race. It’s great seeing people decked out in their Santa costumes, festive compression tights and elf suits.
I took an Uber to Prospect Park in Brooklyn shortly before the start of the race. For this race, I didn’t have any strong goals. Normally, I have a minimum of two goals for myself – trying to PR, hit a certain pace per mile, run the whole race without walking, etc. For this race, I didn’t worry about any of that, because I can tell my body and knees are tired of constantly trying to push the pace in races. It’s easy to put pressure on yourself to constantly compete at a high level, but sometimes it’s needed to take a step back, remember why you started running in the first place and just enjoy the sport.
I told myself going into the Jingle Bell Jog 5k that I didn’t care about my speed or time. I wanted to enjoy the race, enjoy the festivities and have fun. My body was very relaxed at the start of the race, especially since it’s a course I’m very familiar with. It’s about ¾ of a loop in Prospect Park.
Summary – Race Results
In the end, I ran a great race! My official race time is 22:47 for a 7:20 pace per mile. Honestly, I’m surprised I ran that fast. It’s funny that just last week at the Turkey Trot 5k, I was running as fast as I could and only ran a 22:55. Today, I ran on cruise control and had a better time.
At the end of the Jingle Bell Jog 5k, they had hot chocolate, red bagels in the shape of candy canes, green bagels, and the usual race amenities. It was a great way to kick off December and the holiday season. Next weekend will be my last race of the year – the Ted Corbitt 15k through NYRR.