With the Christmas festivities I haven’t had a chance to post my recap of the Pooler Jingle Jog from last weekend so I am going to today because it’s a big one for me! This was the first year the Pooler Jingle Jog was held with all proceeds went to the Empty Arms campaign to help Steve and Leigh White on their journey in adoption. It was a pretty chilly night so tons of layers were needed. We met my friend Cassie and her family. Can you believe her son is only a few months old?!
The race was an out-and-back from the Savannah First Seventh-day Adventist Church. The course went through the neighborhood for full visibility of the Christmas lights. At mile 2 there was a water station with super friendly volunteers which I thought was nice. I didn’t go into this race with any real expectations. One of the ladies from Moms Run This Town had registered and couldn’t do it. A 5K race was on my training plan so I took her spot happily. I figured if I could PR over my last 5K I would be sitting pretty. My legs felt strong and I made it my motivation to not lose sight of Cassie (she was a collegiate sprinter). I ran hard the entire race but crossed the finish line knowing I had more to give. I was shocked when I saw my Garmin:
25:30?!?! My official time was 25:32. I shaved 2 minutes off my PR from last month. Um what?! I couldn’t believe it. I was more shocked when they announced my name as the 3rd place finisher in the 25-29 age group. This was a small race for sure but I have never placed before. They gave out Santa’s hats and certificates and I love it!
I was so excited and I kept saying to Chris, “I ran in the 25’s!”. This gave me so much more confidence as a runner but also reminded me why I love short runs 😉 Em was a trooper and the end of race festivities were awesome with hot chocolate, bananas and PB, and more Christmas lights. I look forward to doing it again next year if they do!