So I was a little apprehensive about my plan to run before a race this morning, but it turned out really well! I first ran a good chunk of my distance — 11 miles — which was great because I literally saw six people on the Brooklyn Bridge. That meant to fighting tourists and crowds for space. Score.

Plus, it was below my threshold of a) eating before a run and b) taking the Fuelbelt with me. So that was kind of a “treat” and made it feel like a short run.

I came home with more time to spare than I thought, so I had a piece of toast with butter and finished off the Gatorade. Then it was time to dress up for the Jingle Bell Jog… which included tying jingle bells on my feet (trust me, this is a huge step up compared to previous dress up attempts, even at Halloween).

what is that noise and why is it coming from your feet?!

This was entertaining as I ran to the park because people were so confused when they heard the bells on the streets. Like WHAT, Santa is here? Seriously though, I thought I was going to end up with five new pet dogs because they seemed to be so enamored by the bells.

Then it was race time, and let’s just say that it was a super fun race and I am very happy with my time. Stay tuned for a race report and official time later today.

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