Better late than never, right?
For the past 5 years (minus last year), I’ve run a race on Thanksgiving. I’ve found myself going back to Mobile more than I have been staying in Atlanta, so I’ve made the Run for Hope 5K my regular turkey trot. I love this race because it raises money for Camp Rap-a-Hope, an organization that provides year-long programming and a week-long summer camp to children between the ages of 7 and 17 who have, or have ever had, cancer.
It had been a while since I’d run a 5K, April to be exact. It was easy to forget how much I dislike them…
Rich was nice to enough to go with me that morning, and we left a little early so that I could sign up for the race. I got my bib and got back in the car to stay warm. With about 25 minutes until the start, I headed out for a warmup run. I didn’t feel bad, I didn’t feel great (2.11 miles 8:36 pace with a few strides at the end). My allergies had been a bit of mess while I was home for the week (and that affects my asthma) and I really had no idea how the race would go.
I met Rich back at the car and we headed to the start. The race isn’t chip timed (drives me nuts), so I knew I needed to line up as close to the front as I could.When they said, “go”, I just took off. I tried to pretend like it was a tempo run but it definitely felt harder. The course was nice and flat and I expected it to feel easier, but it definitely didn’t. As usual for a 5k for me, my breathing was tough. There is something about shorter distances that my asthma can’t handle. I do SO much better at long distance running. So, by mile 1.5 I wanted to quit. The 5k seemed harder than the last 6 miles of the NYC marathon and I continued to repeat this info to myself for the next 1.5 miles.
I stuck it out and definitely finished with a pain face. I had to use my rescue inhaler post race and spent the next hour or so coughing, wheezing and hacking up stuff.
This events’ post race food is always super nice for a 5k. Coffee, homemade baked goods, pies, bananas, granola bars, breads, etc. I grabbed a banana and coffee and said hey to a few high school classmates that I hadn’t seen in years.
I placed the last 2 times I ran this race, but this year the original results said 4th in AG so Rich and I left early. We enjoyed the day with my dad’s family and I definitely ate more than what I burned off in that 5K!
Official Results:21:53 62/838 3/64 Females 30-34
Ahh. Only 3 seconds off of my PR.
When I went to get my stats for this recap, the results now say I placed 3rd in my AG. Definitely pumped about that and I just sent an email to see if I can still get the award.
All in all, still very happy with my results. The 5k is NOT my friend (or my lungs) or favorite distance at all. A short distance race just doesn’t do it for me, but a race on Thanksgiving is a must. Maybe one day I will enjoy racing the shorter distances, but I don’t plan on that being a focus any time soon.
Do you enjoy 5ks? Do you run on Thanksgiving? What’s your favorite thanksgiving side?