When I first started my 5K training in May I said I’d run the Turkey Trot this year. Ended up that I ran the Oak Scare 5K thru our Y on October 30, first. I totally forgot about the Turkey Trot until I heard someone talking about it. I rushed onto the Internet to find the local race and I got in.
It seems that every morning I get up to run (which is not often) I usually don’t want to get up. I wasn’t even feeling 100% but I had 3 other people who I convinced to run with me so I couldn’t bag out. On top of that, it was in the low 30s. Have I said I’m not a cold weather person?
I grew up in Texas and it rarely gets below 30 and when it does you don’t leave the house. It’s pretty easy to do that as the next day usually goes back up to 70, but not in MA. I think it was 32 when we left the house. I was layered, but we literally had to go back to the car once we got our numbers to warm up–our hands and other extremities. I’m glad we had time to do that because it would have been a REALLY long race if we hadn’t.
I am happy to report that not only did the race start on time, we started early (the Oak Scare started 15 minutes late as most of us were standing there freezing and our muscles continuing to get cold–not good for runners). This course was “flat and fast” as they said. I never really get when a road is described as “flat.” What the hell are they talking about? There were no major hills on this course, but there were a couple hills. In fact, as soon as we rounded the first corner there was the hill–liars.
The race was in my neighborhood-ish area so I knew a lot of the course. I took advantage of knowing the Washington Street hill as we had that as a downhill. Thank you Boston Volvo (they sponsored the race). I knew exactly where I could pick up my pace and when I needed to hold off. Fairly cool. Ironically it was the exact opposite way we ran for the Oak Scare. But either way, it’s great to know a lot of your town and the roads in it.
I ran with 3 friends and one new one. I’m finding it’s a lot more fun running with people you know, even if you don’t stay together. As I told my group, I definitely would be the last of our group coming in (and I was), but that didn’t matter. In fact, I got a bit of a cheering section as I ran towards the finish line.
I’m happy to report that I took almost a minute off my run time from October and went from a 11:25 to a 11:05 pace. Granted, there was no big hill today, but I’ll take that as a confidence booster 🙂
I like this running thing. If you asked me a year ago if I’d be running 5Ks at the end of this year I would have asked you what you were smokin’. It’s a great feeling and a cool thing knowing that I’m 40 and took on something like this later in life.