So I signed up to do a 5k fun run back in September. Today was the day, the day of the Jingle Jog. Being still somewhat new to this running game I obviously was oblivious to the fact that there are loads of these all over the country.
I was running today to raise money for the local Hospital Charity so it was nice to be able to give something back to the folk of the NHS following my transformation from Couch Potato to Runner.
This was also my first race. I have run a ParkRun but we all know that these are not races, so this was my first. I followed the same advice that I got for my first, and so far, only ParkRun by starting towards the back. This turned out to be a bad move for this particular run. It seemed like I was at the back fighting through treacle entrenched Santa's. We crossed the start line still walking and as the field began to thin out people were still walking in front of me.
After what seemed like an age I finally managed more of a Turkey Trot than a Jingle Jog. I think the slow motion running took its toll on my legs as I ended up finding the going really rather tough.
Finally, after two laps over a completely different route to the one that I had assumed would be run I came to a finish. A pleasant addition that I was not expecting was a bottle of water, biscuit and some bling. My first bling - overjoyed - to top it all my better half had shaken hands on a commitment to do the run with me next year.
Happy Running everybody. 🎅