Race Recap: Naughty or Nice 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

Local 5K Race Report: Soaring Soles 2016

My first race of 2016! The Soaring Soles 5K and 10K races started just down the street from our house. How could I resist a race I could walk to, and that offered free unlimited beer to participants? The dual races raised money for Volusia County Special Olympics on behalf of the Fraternal Order of Eagles.

Local 5K Race Report: Kids Beating Cancer 5K 2016

This race was held to support a great cause and took place right here in my hometown of DeBary. Kids Beating Cancer supports kids fighting cancer and other diseases. The race was held in conjunction with the grand opening of a new local medical center. There was...

Race Report: Mickey's Jingle Jungle 5K 2016

Disney's Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend started with Mickey's Jingle Jungle 5K. These short races are fun runs at Disney -- they are not timed. When I ran my first Disney 5K back in April, the Star Wars Dark Side 5K, I was in the...

Race Recap: Running With the Herd 5K 2018

I ran the inaugural Running with the Herd 5K in the Villages. I like to race in the winter and some of the local races I've run in the past are no longer happening. I thought it might be fun to take a drive out to the...