Holly jolly weekend of running

Saturday and Sunday’s running events might have topped my list for fun runs this year. Saturday my friends and I headed up to Baltimore for

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Meeting Cheryl from Dash’s Bites/Capitol Area Runners

the Celtic Solstice 5-miler. We didn’t bother with our chips and simply ran the race at a nice comfortable pace. With a few miles thrown in before and after, we probably topped out around 10. We also got to meet up with the Capitol Area Running gals, which was a treat. And of course there was the brunch–a perfect day!

Sunday I teamed up with my daughter to run the local Rudolph Run 4-mile relay, while my son ran the relay with his speedy friend. This race is a ball–you each run a two-mile loop on trails through the woods. I let my daughter take the first leg, but ran alongside her. She was in 8-yr. old, take-no-prisoners mode, I’ve gotta say. I loved watching her pick people off as we went along though the woods. She really worked her tail off and I could tell she was having a great time doing it.

When she finished her loop, I headed out. I didn’t really intend to run hard, but that’s what I ended up doing. I knew my daughter had run well enough that if I pushed it a bit, we might sneak into the awards (it was admittedly a small race!). I was pretty happy with my splits when I finished and I loved being on the trails. I know a 50k is calling my name–I’ve gotta listen to it one of these days.

The boys–let me tell you about the boys! Those two hammered the course and beat us by a solid five-plus minutes! I was really proud of their effort. In the end, the

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Clockwise from top left: The boys’ team; my neighbors getting into the spirit; the popcorn tins; the girls’ team

boys’ team finished second overall male team and my daughter and I managed to be the third overall female team. In the kids’ world, there was nothing better than this simply because of the prizes available–big tins of popcorn. Ah, to be so easily pleased!

I’m so glad I had the opportunity to run both these events over the weekend. Mood boosters when mood boosters were needed.

Anyone else participate in holiday runs this past weekend?


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  1. Congrats to you and your daughter, sounds like you guys had a blast!
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  2. What a wonderful, uplifting thing to do as a family! Awesome job… all of you :)
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  3. How incredible fun! I think it was exactly what you needed! :)
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  4. I love your running with the kids! If containers of popcorn was the prize, I think I could definitely talk my kids into that. Congrats!

    My first 50K is in February. You’ve gotta get one on the schedule! I’m so excited about it.
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  5. Looks like so much fun with the fam!!!! Love it!!! No holiday races this weekend…earlier in the month yes! They are so fun!
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  6. Awwww, that is so fun!! Congrats! I can’t wait until me kids are a teeny bit older to run races like that with me. Useful prizes like food are the best!!
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  7. The race with your daughter sounds like a blast! I can’t wait to do that with my kids. Congrats on placing (and the popcorn)! Love your neighbors outfits too. Very festive!
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  8. racing with family was probably much needed this weekend. TIme together and time to have fun. Feeling GOOD and Blessed, yes?
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  9. No races this weekend, though I did have a great trail run Saturday!
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  10. Nice job to you and your kids!!!! That’s just plain awesome!
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  11. How fun! I can’t wait till my son is old enough to do a race with me! Congrats to everyone!
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  12. Sounds like a great racing weekend – especially the race with your daughter!!! What a special thing to share!!
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  13. I ran a holly jolly half marathon which was also small but allowed me to get my first win which was so much fun! Your kids sound like rock stars! I bet you were one proud peacock

  14. Sounds like an ideal running weekend!
    I love that your daughter was picking people off! And your son’s team sounds amazing. Looks like you’ve bred some great runners!
    I hope to see a trail 50k on next year’s race plans post…
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  15. Hey! I know that lady! Everyone said they had a great time at the 5 miler. Sorry I missed it!
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  16. Congrats on the placing (and popcorn)! What a great time. My daughter and I were registered for the Jingle Bell Run a couple weekends ago, but had to skip it because of the flu. She was just coming off of it and I was in the middle of it and neither of us had any business doing a chilly morning 5K. She was mad, but I promised we’d do a holiday themed run just the two of us before Christmas. Maybe Friday since they get out of school at 1 and it is supposed to be sunny and 48.
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  17. Mother & daughter racking up the awards – nice! :) We had our Christmas race of the season a few weekends ago and it’s always fun to see everyone dressed up and getting their sweat on. :)
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  18. Now that sounds like some fun running! I’m contemplating the 50K myself :)
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  19. I’m so happy that you had such a great time running this weekend. I love that you ran without a chip on Saturday. And your son and daughter are speedsters!! So awesome. Must have been amazing to see them run like that.
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  20. Nice to meet you on Saturday! Sounds like a great weekend of running.
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  21. Isn’t it great how trails and impromptu races can lift the spirits? Nothing like a no-pressure social race to boost the mood. :)

    Hope you do the 50K! I bet you’d love it. I am considering one this year, and certainly am planning on more trails in my future.
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  22. That sounds like a really awesome thing to do with your daughter and it’s clear that running talent runs in your family! I hope ya’ll enjoy all that popcorn!
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  23. Congrats to your kids! I love that both of them share your love of running. There was a holiday fun run nearby, but I’m not signed up for anything else until marathon day.
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  24. Beyond awesome!
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  25. Congrats to all of you! I think festive, fun runs were just what everyone needed this weekend!
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  26. Amanda, that sounds like a great weekend! I hope my kids will be up for doing that sort of thing sometime in the years to come.
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  27. It’s so cool that you all came away with prizes. It’s so nice that your kids enjoy running events with you.
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  28. I would run for popcorn. Must mean I am a kid?
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  29. Welp, you know me. The only holiday run I’m gonna do is the run to grab more cookies off the plate before someone else does. And besides…my toe is still broken. O_O

    Your Rudolph Run reminded me of when we watched the Rudolph movie the other night. The kid kept grillin’ me about whether or not that Red-Nosed-Deer creature is currently married. WTH?
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  30. awwwww ya! Doing the celebration santa shuffle… shake, shake, awww ya.

    Ok, that was my celebration dance and song for all of you. Congrats all around.
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  31. I must say, you always have the most fun running experiences. :) I can’t wait to see what 2013 holds for you and running!

  32. SOOOO Great to finally meet you!! I already have a promised CB transfer!

    I love that you ran a relay with your daughter, and that the boys participated as well. It’s so nice to be able to share what you love with your loved ones!!! My dad was a runner and used to MAKE me run with him when I was younger. Who knew back then I’d embrace it so much!

    Merry Christmas and here’s to a wonderful 2013!!
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  33. Aghhh! I love this!!! Congrats to ALL of you for a wonderful race!!!! There’s something so infectious about a young runner who just pushes themselves so hard for the whole race – I think we can all learn something from them !!!
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