Run for Hope 5K Race Recap

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.IMG_9653IMG_9652When 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. IMG_9655As 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. IMG_9659 IMG_9658

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!

Garmin Stats:

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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? 



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  • I agree, I think 5Ks are the worst! And I don’t even have asthma 🙂 Congrats on a great race! That really is flat, you weren’t kidding.

    My favorite Thanksgiving side is tied for stuffing (if it’s a traditional bread stuffing) and mashed potatoes…..although I probably look forward to the stuffing more because I only have it on Thanksgiving whereas I’ll make mashed potatoes throughout the year.

  • Ugh 5ks hurt. But that said, I seem to be most competitive at that distance. You ran a great race! Love that first pic of you charging out fast with the guys! Congrats on hanging on for AG3! Fave side? Gosh that’s tough. I made a brown rice/spinach/cheese thing that was awesome.

  • Congratulations on placing!! 5ks are good for suffering and telling me how slow I am, but not much else. I have asthma issues too, and even with pre-emptive measures, I will still end up wheezing by mile 1.5.

    I typically run on Thanksgiving – 6 miles is my go-to distance as it makes me feel like I really earned food. This year, though, I went on a bike ride instead. 24 miles! It was beautiful weather for it, so I was happy (and also, not really in running shape…).

    Favorite Thanksgiving side? Hmmm, all the appetizers? My SIL made a delicious and cheesy cracker dip that is served hot. Luckily, she shares her recipes so I’m prepared for the next dinner party I host. 🙂

  • Wow! Three seconds off your PR with asthma issues! Guess marathon training didn’t trash your speed any.
    BTW – I am having my SECOND hip repaired next week! Thanks for all your helpful advice. Left hip (done in June) feels like a million bucks, and I hope my right hip will, soon, too.

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