Before the race with Christa
Before the race with T
What better way to celebrate Independence Day than in a hometown 5K. When I broke my wrist just 3 short weeks ago I thought I would have to scratch this race off my list. But the healing is moving along nice and quickly and running is no problem at all. So this morning I headed down for the race. There were almost 200 people in the race which has grown rapidly over the years it has been running. This was the second year that it was in memory of one of the race's co founders. Pam, a wife and mother, was a big runner. She was a coach of a very competitive local high school track team. A race in her memory is very appropriate. Her husband is the race director and all 3 of her children ran in the race. Her parents, siblings, nieces and nephews take part. This race also has more kids running it proportionally than any race I have been in. It has a very nice feel to it. The youngest son is in my class and is a very sweet kid. He's as athletic as they come and has taught me more about lacrosse this year than I ever knew.
Today's race was hot but bearable. It isn't too terribly hilly and is rather informal. There are no mile markers although there is someone at every turn to make sure you go the right way. Only the winners win prizes - male, female and junior. Then there are good random prizes but I don't ever seem to win any of those.
Hey look - I'm in the lead....Not!
I was not pleased with my time. Every time I looked at my pace I groaned but I didn't seem to have the oomph today to pick it up. It was more than a minute slower than last year and one of my slowest 5ks ever if not the slowest. I had no miles in the 8s and each one was slower than the one before it. They were all in the 9s but overall my pace was closer to a half marathon than a 5K. But I was racing much sooner than I thought I would be and I did enjoy the race, the vibe, the day. This is a race I hurry home from to shower and make it back to town in time for the parade and then festivities on the park. Fourth of July is a very big deal and if you want to see people you haven't seen in awhile - this is the day to do it!
Happy Fourth of July to all my U.S.A. friends!