The Big Chill 2014 Race Recap

You can find my previous recap of The Big Chill here

The last time I ran this race was in 2012!  I do love this race because it is for such a great cause. Race registration is one unwrapped today for a child in need. Many people bring more than one toy to donate, and they display all the toys on a stage in the Rutgers gym. Seeing all those toys is amazing!

I got to the race on time for once and actually had time for a 10 minute warm up. I ran some stairs in the student center, then went out for a run and finished with some dynamic drills + strides. I had no idea what to expect for this race because I had only run about 4 times since the Philly Half.

At 8:45 I went to line up, and then found out that everyone who had not registered online (I did in-person the day before) would be sent all the way to the back. When there are about 8,000 runners, all the way to the back really is the back. That sucked but I tried to inch my way along to the front before the gun went off. Here’s someone else’s photo of what the start looked like:


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And here’s a picture of the starting line from 2012:


Once we started it was stop and go for about a block because people would slow down or we’d all be bunched up. It was a bit frustrating but I figured it’s good to hold myself back and not go out too fast. Well, I did end up going out too fast anyway ;)

The course has some inclines but nothing crazy. I went through the first mile in 8:35 and was like okay, either I can maintain this or I’m going to slow waaaayy down. The second one happened lol. Second mile was about 9:30, third mile was about 10:30, final time was 28:21.

I don’t mind the slowing down though. I knew I wasn’t going to PR so I wanted to go out as fast as I could and see what happens. I felt fine throughout the race, my legs just felt out of shape, so I had to slow down. The finish is on an incline but people are lining the roads and cheering you on so you have the energy to really give it all you got.

This is a picture my mom took of me running to the finish (she didn’t run this one).


A photo posted by pattyrivas13 (@pattyrivas13) on

I felt much better than when I ran in 2012. 2012 was a way faster time but I remember feeling miserable. This time I ran slower, but felt great (obviously tired, but great) throughout and was happy to be running among so many other runners. 

After the race, they have a ton of food inside the gym where the toys are set up. My mom and I always stay for a bit after to eat and hear the awards. My dad wanted to run but he had some knee pain…his age group winner (40-49) ran 19:47!! He’s like “I have a lot of work to do!” 


The next 2 weeks I will get back to running consistently so hopefully I can get either a PR or a season’s best at my last 5K on Dec. 20. PS – Aren’t those santa socks awesome? 3 bucks at Marshall’s. Downside? During the 5K they got a hole in the big toe somehow.

Did you run a 5K this weekend? Or are you done for 2014? What races are on tap for 2015?


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  1. I have one more race…a fun race. I have a Jingle Bell Run 5k next weekend. Kinda excited to dress up in Xmas clothes :)
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