Race Recap: Naughty or Nice 5K 2019

I've run this local Christmas-themed 5K race, Naughty or Nice, twice before. Back in 2015 it my third race ever. I ran again in 2016.

Training & Goals
In early November I went to an orthopedic specialist to get some help with my chronic Achilles issue. I spent most of November in a walking boot. I'm in a Physical Therapy program now. I haven't done any cardio in almost 6 weeks and running is still off the table. The plan was to walk this race as fast as I comfortably could.

Race Day: December 15, 2019
It was a quick drive over to Lake Mary on race morning. It was about 55°F at the start with clear, sunny skies.

Mile 1: 14:45
I started towards the back of the pack and did my best to stay out of the way of runners and faster walkers.

Mile 2: 15:12
The race is an out-and-back on a local multi-use trail.

Mile 3+: 14:38, 1:48

Recommendation
Back in 2016 I had been disappointed by the similar shirt and medal from the previous year. I'm happy with the new medals and shirts that were offered this year. It's fun to run a themed Christmas race and I enjoy seeing everyone looking silly in their holiday running outfits. There are friendly volunteers and good amenities including munchkins, popcorn, and snowcones for runners. This is a well-run and fun local race that I would recommend.

Chip time: 46:20
Placement details: 26/39 in Age Group, 381 overall out of 498 finishers
Race Amenities: Swag included a nice soft cotton t-shirt, finisher medal for all, raffle with miscellaneous prizes (I got a towel), free photos with Santa & Mrs. Claus
Cost:
$25.50

Report written December 17, 2019

Race branded photo (c) Almost There Photography

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