At the very last minute I signed up my family for a 5k on Thanksgiving. It’s somewhat a family tradition to do a race on Thanksgiving, so this year could not be the exception. It was a bit cold and snowy, but we bundled up and headed to City Center in Carmel, IN for the race.
As you may be able to tell, Josh was less than thrilled to get out of his warm bed to run.
The girls were a little more excited, though cold.
We all lined up, me throwing in one more time that Josh was going to win his age group. After a few speakers, we were off. The best thing about short races is that they’re over before you even realize you’re running. Drawback being that I’m just warmed up as I cross the finish line. The cross was pretty darn flat with just a few turns which was nice.
My first mile was a 7:47 which felt good, but I thought I could go faster. For once I just wanted to have negative splits during a 5k. My second mile hit at 7:39. Ok, first negative split, I just needed one more. At this point of course I was getting kind of tired. I do not run fast like this.
I was excited when I turned the last corner and past the third mile at 7:19. I pathetically tried to speed up slightly at the end, but was burnt out. Amazingly I was also really hot. I’d overestimated the number of layers I needed.
Final time: 23:43 Average Pace: 7:38 min/mile
I found Josh who said he felt like he ran slower than he should have been able to. I decided to run back out a little ways to see if I could find my mom, sister and pseudo sister in law. I didn’t find them but got in one more mile before meeting everyone and heading back home to do way too much eating.
I checked our final results when we got home. Josh did win his age group! We should have stuck around. I got third in my age group by half a second. I’m not kidding, this had to be one of the closest age group finishes:
If only I’d sped up just a little bit more, I could have won. Oh well, I’ll take third by not even a full second.
We had fun, it was a really well organized race and next time we’re in town for Thanksgiving, I think we’ll run it again. Now I just need to run another marathon to burn off all of the food I’ve eaten this weekend…ouch.