Win-win situation all around, if you ask me!
Preparing for the 5K took some finagling. I had to register and pay online. Make sure I had the date right so I could take the day off my seasonal job. But more importantly, I had to me an ugly-ass sweater and a moustache…which is apparently something the Ugly Sweater folks encourage their runners to wear.
The moustaches weren’t hard to find. All it took was a quick eBay search and I got a handlebar moustache for me and a ginger one for the naturally redheaded Angie. But the ugly sweater…
That is probably another blog post, but I don’t decorate for the holidays. I don’t own a tree, a strand of lights. No wreaths on my door, no wrapping paper, ornaments. Nada. And it’s not that I don’t like Christmas—I LOVE it!!!—but my parents OVERdecorate so my solution is 100% minimalist.
Thankfully my mother is a bit of a hoarder and had an almost cute sweater vest from her heavier days. Mom’s lost over 40 pounds on Weight Watchers and her heaviest size is about where I am now, so the sweater fit beautifully.
Ugly Christmas sweater? Check.
Fake ‘staches? Check.
Ready to run? Uh…
I had tapered my jogging considerably since my last 5K after Thanksgiving, running two miles instead of three. But I got my sleepy butt up at 5:30 am for two weeks to run three miles just so that I wouldn’t make a complete ass of myself when the actual day arrived.
And dude, it came up fast!
To be continued…