Santa Shuffle 5k RECAP: A race against my husband

….spoiler alert: I lost.Β 

Yes, it’s true. Sorry Char – I should’ve ankle slammed him, but I just couldn’t.

Anyway – the recap.

Race Eve:

It was cold.

Race eve we got hit with a lot of snowΒ (a lot for us mild-winter-type folks) – Of course Colin didn’t have any winter tights.Β Spork Chek had conveniently just given me a gift card (thank you) so we went out and bought Colin a winter running outfit.

* Yes, I convinced him to get tight tights – Colin is leaning over my shoulder trying to get me to write things like “I love this sexy man” and the like πŸ˜› OMG!Β 

We did none of the normal runner prep things and to be honest I think I should’ve taken this more seriously. I didn’t train for it, didn’t prep for it at all. I just got cocky and assumed by Colin’s training runs that we were similar in pace.Β Until he did a test run in his new tights and finished a mile in 7:40!!!!Β 

I went to bed knowing I was doomed…but tried to remain positive in the morning.

Race day morning:

We already had everything all laid out so we quickly got ready – grabbed some toast and left to head to Guelph….

…..we picked up our race kits and met Santa!!!

We met up with Nic & Lyndsey and Colin’s family before the race and just hung outΒ waiting…

Then we watched the Salvation Army Band play – as all proceeds from all the Santa Shuffles all over Ontario went to them :)

The race was not timed, nor was it official and it started out on this huge hill. Very steep, continuous incline. Colin and I ran together for half the race but I was really struggling to maintain his sub 8 min mile pace. He wasn’t having any issues at all.

Running in the snow was something I haven’t done much of. The times that I have were also a year ago….so that was interesting. It was really slowing me down and eventually this was my view for the rest of the race…..

* he’s in the santa hat

Eventually I completely lost Colin and I started getting passed by some others that had run the race the “proper” way. I just kept a steady pace and knew that I’d have that massive hill going down at the end….

….when I hit it I completely took advantage of it and gave it my all.

Finished with Colin taking a photo of me @ 26:11 (eyes closed apparently), Colin finished in 24:52 (That’s quite the difference) BOO!

* he was so happy :) so I’ll let it slide that he beat me ;P

My sister came finishing in around the 32 mark and Lyndsey right after at 33mins; obtaining her goal for sub 35 mins!!!! YAY!!! with all the hills we had I told he that one a flat course she could for sure get a sub 30. WAY TO GO!!!

Afterwards we got a Lindt advent calendar, food and hot chocolate and shiny medals….

Β Diana, Colin, Nicole, me, Lyndsey and Dinah (I think….the two ladies on the ends were Nic’s co-workers….hopefully I got the names right)Β 

Afterwards we went to Tim Hortons and had some eats….

Then it was off to Colin’s parents for their family Christmas….Logan passed out in the car almost instantly.Β 

Colin did so well and I’m super proud of him. He used to run cross country as a kid, so it was so nice to see how happy he was and I know his mom was excited, as she was remenscing about races she used to watch when he was younger.

Love you babe! Congrats on your first 5k as an adult :) I’m glad we can enjoy running together.



1. did any ever think I was going to win? πŸ˜‰ …I sure hoped I would.Β 

2. what are you all doing today???

Off to another family event….after I make the food I need for it πŸ˜‰

3. how do you feel when you run a race distance you’ve already raced but don’t PR??

To be honest I didn’t care at all…..but I read in recaps that people do so I was curious why? :) As I had a great time!!!


61 thoughts on “Santa Shuffle 5k RECAP: A race against my husband

  1. first of all, I’d like to poke Logan’s cheeks in that Tim Horton’s pic – he is SO cute!

    CONGRATS to both of you on the race! I’ve never ran in snow, so way to go!!

    I have general race goals, but as long as it’s a decent race, I don’t mind not Pr’ing at all. The experience is just always amazing!
    Have a great Sunday!!

    • lol thanks so much! Logan does have those big cheeks πŸ˜‰ lol

      and running in the snow is easier than running on the ice! hope you enjoyed your weekend girl xo

  2. Congratulations to everyone that finished! P.S. Your time is awesome, you only lost by less than 2 minutes! That’s cause for celebration!
    I’m still working on getting under 30 minutes! Only happened one time in my life.

  3. You may have lost the battle but I think you’ve won the war – of getting Colin to love running. And in the long run (bad runners pun) that’s the one that really counts.

    • Char you’re so smart! that is definitely true. I hope Colin learns to love the long distance with me as well. I can’t wait till we get to do some long runs together :)

      Your package should’ve gone out today!!!! YAY!!!! finally!!!! :) lol

  4. Congrats to you both! I had hope that you would take the win- because I am competitive and would want to beat my husband, too :). Still, you did fabulous!
    There are some races I run knowing that I will not PR, so it’s not big deal. I ALWAYS have a goal time (not always to PR), though- so I sometimes feel a little down if I don’t get that.

    • I agree. my only goal was to beat Colin and I didn’t do that. Boo!! but I don’t mind if I don’t PR :)

      Jerilee you could beat Colin – you need to come down next time πŸ˜‰

  5. LOVE that you made him get the tights! Woo for men in tights (;

    Looks like such a fun day! I am a bit bummed by my gym situation here and I’m going to end up running a lot outside this winter. Do you have any good posts about winter running? Concerns/tips/advice? Or even what you wear in the winter outside? I’ve never lived somewhere as cold as where I do now, and I’m a little nervous about it!

    • lol πŸ˜‰ I know! I love a man in tights too. Colin didn’t believe me when I said it was hot but I told him it IS! but only if you’re a runner, a hot ballet dancer or robin hood. Any other tights are lame πŸ˜›

      I don’t actually have any posts like that. I could definitely write one up and include links to some of my most favourite winter running bloggers :) Thanks for the idea πŸ˜€

  6. I thought you would beat him!! You should never let someone with a santa hat beat you :) Oh well, good job to you both! I am working on some of the last things for my semester today…not fun!!

    • LOL I KNOW! santa hats are lame πŸ˜› …unless on the big man himself….and cute animals. lol

      and I hope you finish your semester off with a BANG! you’ve got this!!!!

  7. I legit thought you would win..but you still won in my book because you are speedy as shit!! I never try to PR a race, but when I do..I get jazzeeedd!! You did awesome, Colin did awesome, Logan looks awesome with the was a good day!

    • I really thought I was going to win too ;P lol and thanks so much. I never feel that fast but one day soon I’d love to break the 25min mark :)

      and thanks so much! hope you enjoyed your weekend xo

  8. Great race! I think youre both fast, much faster than me :). Santa shuffle is so cute when people dress up.

    Love the Santa shuffle, I did the local one last year but missed it this year(x boarder shopping instead!).

    • thanks so much Nadine :) and I agree. I like when people dress up. I didn’t this year and Rex DID have his own santa hat until Colin “accidently” took it off and forgot it at home πŸ˜›

  9. Sorry Colin beat you but you still had an awesome race! I would be scared to see hat my time would be in the snow and hills! Good job!

  10. Congrats to both of you guys on a speedy race! You guys are both so fast. Hope you guys had fun with all of your Christmas events this weekend!

    I love to run races and I hardly ever care about my time. There’s always another race to PR at!

  11. Congrats to you both. I, um, never did think you would win. So sorry! If it makes you feel better, my 5k beats Colin’s! Ha!

    Last night the boys and I stayed at my folks so this morning I rants the Running Room, ran 13k (alone as no one was my speed), ran back to my folks. Then Alasdair and I went to see Rise of the Guardians. We had dinner with my folks and came home. Ken finally got home at 8.

    I don’t mind not PRing if I go in knowing (like when I raced with you). For the most park though, I try to realise that each race is a unique day and that as long as I try my best, I can’t ask myself for more.

    • whatever πŸ˜› no faith. I totally could;ve beat him if I had trained. that time isn’t too far off my current pr ;P

      but ya, I thought I’d lose too.

      Did you notice Colin’s jacket??? ….look familiar πŸ˜‰

  12. I was pretty sure you cream him. You’ll get him next time…by a LOT.

    And your time was pretty good…especially considering lack of training and SNOW. Snow is hard to run in!

    • I honestly thought I’d win too! so weird. Within seconds of starting the race I knew I was going to lose. I wonder if I had started slower if I would’ve won? I just couldn’t risk losing him but in hindsight I think that starting slower and increasing my pace would’ve yielded better results πŸ˜‰

  13. Sounds like everyone one in that situation, well except you cause you were beat! HA! Go Colin (Shoot I think I am smack talking my way into a race one day arn’t I?)

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  15. Congratulations to both of you! Running in the snow/winter is a lot different than other times of the year. I think you still did great. 26:11 is a really good 5K time.

    I love Logan’s face with Santa, he looked so excited!

    I was disappointed this weekend, but that’s because a sub-2 half is a monkey on my back and I need it to go away!

    • don’t worry – maybe we should race that chili half together in march and get sub 2 together :)

      and yes to the snow running! every time I could switch to the road I did! as it wasn’t sectioned off and so a lot of the race we had to run on the unplowed sidewalk!!!

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  17. I say congratulations are still in order for you! You fought hard after starting fast. A huge congrats to hubby, too!
    I must say though- I think you need a rematch!

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