Jingle Bell Run Recap and a Holiday Spin Playlist.

I did some post Jingle Bell Run miles this morning enjoying an amazing sunrise. Talk about a pretty sky. We had some rain overnight but happy to say the sun is out and ready to play.

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Wednesday 10k done. Yes, I am a sucker for going way over the mile marker.


I don’t know about you but I’m totally in the holiday spirit now. I have a confession to make…I kind of have not been feeling very Christmassy lately. Which is very much not like me. But this race TOTALLY put me in holiday mode!! I absolutely love me some jingle bell running. Now all I have to do is watch the ELF movie and I will be beaming with Christmas cheer.

So the Dallas Jingle Bell 5k run for me is kind of a tradition. I’ve done it a few years in a row now. Thankfully I was able to get a sub for my spin class last night so I headed out to the Hilton Anatole after work, put my race number on and was ready to go.

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There were tons of folks out last night, people brought their families, friends and doggies. I saw a few runners I knew, said hello and we lined up to the start. A THOUSAND or so runners sign up for this race so I tried to get as close to the start line as I could.



We got the ready set go and were off into the dark! And boy was it dark. It took me a minute for my eyes to adjust and make sure I didn’t fall into one of those famous Dallas potholes. The race is mostly flat and goes through part of the design district area of Dallas. I kept a steady pace and honestly just wanted to push myself and run under an 8 minute pace. Mission accomplished. Faster than last year’s time. Placed 5th out of 74 chicks in my age group. Still got it, I guess.

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10 miles total for the day, including the 7 I ran yesterday morning. I’ll take it!


Without further ado let’s get to this week’s spin playlist! I teach my last class of the week tonight. Let’s get to those Christmas jams!

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What Christmas Means to Me- CeeLo Green: Warm up
Bring it Back- Shy Carter feat Aleon Craft: Standing run
Locked Away- R. City feat Adam Levine: Jumps
Let the Groove Get In- Justin Timberlake: Rolling hills
Break the Rules- Charli XCX: Sprints
Sleigh Ride- TLC: Active recovery
Wobble- V.I.C.: Climb 4/5/6/7
All I Want for Christmas is You- Mariah Carey: Jumps on a hill
Ayo- Chris Brown feat Tyga: Seated/standing run
Feel this Moment (DJ Reidiculous Remix)- Christina Aguilera & Pitbull: Sprints
Text Me Merry Christmas- Straight No Chaser: Climb 6/7/8
Levels- Nick Jonas: Climb 7/8/9/10
Run Run Rudolph- Kelly Clarkson: Accelerations
Carol of the Bells- Destiny’s Child: Cool down

That’s all for now. Merry Christmas to you and yours! Be good or be good at it.

What’s your favorite Christmas song? Are you traveling for the holiday or stay-cationing it?

Published by thedancingrunner

Marathon runner & group fitness instructor at 24 Hour Fitness. Passionate about family, friends, traveling. Loves destination races. Loves dining out, cooking in, being around down to earth people, writing, sunrises.

12 thoughts on “Jingle Bell Run Recap and a Holiday Spin Playlist.

  1. Wow, 5th out of 70+ girls? Amazing job! Looks like a fun race too! I am somewhat in the xmas spirit now, but it’s been tough with all of this summerlike weather we’ve had in Boston (slight exaggeration but not by much!). Thanks for your playlist too- I am getting so sick on my current list and need to swap in some good songs! Have a Merry Christmas!

  2. Congrats on a great race! I’m going to have to do this one next year, a bunch of my running friends were there!

    I’ve also had a hard time getting in the Christmas spirit this year. I think it’s the weather!

  3. OOH! such a fun race. I know what you mean about not feeling Christmasy. While the rest of the US is happy about warmer winters, for us in the South, that makes the difference between winter and summer. I feel like I’m in a postcard where Santa is on vacation.
    Oh well. The holiday themed runs are such a great way to get into the spirit! And nice mileage for the day, too. 🙂
    Hope you have a merry Christmas with your family… with them you’ll get into the spirit for sure!

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