Ugly Christmas Sweater Run!

This past Saturday a few friends and I ran a local Ugly Sweater 5K run at the National Harbor!

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It was Joe & I, my friend Lindsay and her Fiancé Fred, and Joe had a friend from work come out as well. It was fun to get together and be weird and also get some exercise in at the same time.

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Joe purchased a green felt sweater vest with reindeer on it for me the first Christmas after we were married, about 6 years ago. I’ve never had an occasion to actually wear it, until now. 

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(We ran the race last year too, but I misplaced the vest during our move so I was unable to wear it last year.)

It was actually an absolutely gorgeous day, in the low 70s! Perfect for a run! Last year was drizzling rain and freezing, so this year was a definite improvement.

So here are some pictures!

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Fred is evidently not a fan of pictures.

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Lindsay and I are.

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We ended up hitting some traffic getting into the race to park, so we got there a few minutes late, but the line for the starting line was so long that it didn’t really even matter! There were a ton of people there.

And there were these three girls who totally cut us in line because they didn’t want to walk to the back like everyone else was. They looked to the back of the line and I heard them say, “Oh, there’s the back of the line. But let’s just cut in here, I don’t feel like waiting that long”…

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. Then they proceeded to take pictures with a selfie stick. They were also wearing leggings as pants. Regular leggings. Not like, opaque running leggings. (Everyone who knows me, knows how I feel about that. But that’s a story for another day.)

So I made it my mission in life to beat them to the finish line.

And did I, you ask?

Psh. Obviously.

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With time to spare.

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All finished, now I can go eat lunch.

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Couldn’t forget to take some pictures in front of the ginormous Christmas tree.

There are stops at every mile marker and they hand out hot chocolate instead of water or Gatorade. Which is cute, but if you really need water you should carry it yourself, haha. (They have water for you at the end, though.) Unfortunately it wasn’t very good hot chocolate. Made with water and dark chocolate or something, it was pretty gross. But the cuteness factor was high. There were old-fashioned carolers! Also, Santa was there. 🙂

The race is always a lot of fun and interestingly enough – although it’s supposed to be 3.1 miles, Lindsay used her GPS on her phone and it tracked only 2.67 miles. Which, stupid. It did seem a little short while we were running it, so who knows.

But, either way, if there is one in your area next year, I highly recommend it. Great way to get into the Holiday spirit, have some fun with some friends and get some exercise in all at the same time. Great for families, totally stroller friendly and walking friendly (if you don’t want to run). There was actually even someone pushing another person in a wheelchair – that was a first! Plus you get a pretty sweet hat.

xx Ashley

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