Tossing out the idea of doing a Christmas 5k to my roommates seemed like a bit of a stretch. Would they want to join me? Would the promise of ugly sweaters, fun hats, and Christmas cheer be enough to convince them? Tossing this idea out to my life group seemed like an even bigger stretch, but anyone can do a 5k. Right?
It’s amazing what happens when you just toss an idea out there. What started out as just my roommates joining turned into a group of 14 of us doing the Ugly Sweater Run. I won’t lie, this race is my favorite out of all the races I have done this year. I have completed 10 races since June, (I have an addiction to racing!) including my first half marathon, which was an amazing experience. I didn’t get an PR’s or PB’s on this race and I hit a few rough patches along the way. But this race tops all of the race highlights of other great races because it is one that I go to share with my favorite group of people.
Why are these people some of my favorite? Because these are the people that have stood by my side since I started my fitness journey. They are the ones who have constantly been asking me how it is going, what things they can help with, finding new ways to support me, being constant encouragement for the various challenges this journey has brought me, as well as celebrating in the joys. These are the people who watched me train for a half marathon, who surprised me with signs and celebration at the finish line, and asked what’s next? These are also the people that I get to do life with on a consistent basis. I see them at least once a week, checking in with how their own life journey is going, seeking ways to encourage them and pray for them. We’ve got one another through thick, thin, and silly 5k races.
I would highly encourage doing a fun run with a group of friends. Any one can do a 5k! It can be a contest to see who has the best outfit, a battle of runners and walkers, and a way to cheer one another along when you run past each other on the course. Running should be fun, so why not share that with those who you like to have fun with?
I mean, look at these photos and try to tell me we did not have fun! We were filled with excitement, energy, and Christmas cheer. So, go out, grab your friends, and signup for a FUN race. You will not regret this choice!