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Jul 6 / Jane

Revolutionary Run 10k 2013

Happy Birthday to me!!!

After the wettest June on record, the rain finally stopped. And then it got HOT. Wednesday was the first hot day, so I was expecting it for Thursday, but I was not really thinking about how humid it would be. I woke up early, but wasn’t really hungry so I had a light breakfast and got into my red, white and blue running gear. I stepped outside and the humidity smacked me in the face. Ugh. Second longest run since my marathon, let’s do this!

Alex and I made our way to Washington Crossing Park and we met up with the Princeton Intervals team at registration. There was a little snafu at registration, namely that we were not registered… Bill hand-delivered our forms to the post office on the last possible day and they remembered us, but we were not on their list. Oops? Oh well, we got leftover Turkey Trot 2011 bibs and warmed up with a light jog to the start of the race.

The PI Ladies, Inez, Brennan, Claire and myself

The PI Ladies, Inez, Brennan, Claire and myself

Princeton Intervals: Inez, Brennan, John, Bill, myself and Claire

Princeton Intervals: Inez, Brennan, John, Bill, myself and Claire

And then we ran the 2011 Turkey Trot!

And then we ran the 2011 Turkey Trot!

Revolutionary War re-enactors started the race down River Road. Bill and I started out a little fast, but neither of our watches could agree on a pace. I asked John when we passed him and he confirmed our too-fast pace. We slowed into a steady run and started looking for the leaders. A couple minutes off, the first runners started appearing. Another running friend, Bill was in 5th place. I love out and back courses for this reason, seeing people I know and being able to offer encouragement. If I was more competitive I’d count people in my age group, but there were so many runners… And so many runners on the wrong side of the road? We switched right, then left, then back right, and left again by the time we got to the 5k mark and the turnaround where I was beginning to fade. I remember a lot more people out in their front lawns hosing off runners last year. This year we had one (and thank you, friendly homeowner!). I lost Bill and hit the turnaround alone, running back towards the park, slower this time. I passed Claire at the 5k mark on the way back.

Just before the park entrance I ran into Alex and my parents cheering me on. Into the park I went and picked it up a little for the finish. My parents appeared again and mom ran to the finish with me, pushing me. I saw the 5k time clock, well over an hour, what the heck?? Oh well, finish strong! I stopped my watch, 3seconds over 1hr. Better than last year, worse than with a hangover (recap). Haha. I grabbed a quick bite of banana then ran Claire to the finish, just minutes behind me.

Racing to the finish!

Racing to the finish!

The team met up and waited for the results. If we’d run last year we would have won. This year, there were three faster co-ed teams. Oh well. Bill made a good point, since each team can only have 5 members and only 3 are timed, we should have two teams, all male and all female. There were no all female teams this year.

There were also 400 more participants than last year. Which explains some of the hang up at registrations (super long, slow lines!). But there was also less volunteer and police presence this year. The water stations were sparsely manned and there were no time splits anywhere on the course. I only saw the 5k and 5mile markers, although John confirmed there were other mile markers. Last year I distinctly remember volunteers reading time splits at each marker… Oh well.

The team headed into Lambertville and joined my family for a birthday brunch at Buddies Diner. It was super yummy. John even went through the trouble to get champagne for mimosas. Yay! It was a great way to end an awesome morning. I was not expecting such a slow run, especially for the training I was putting in; but with the heat and humidity, I didn’t feel like I had much left at the end and I’m grateful I didn’t push it more. I do wish to improve my 10k in the future, but for now, I’ll take it.

I finished my birthday with a relaxing evening at home with Alex and the cats. 26 was a pretty awesome year; got married, ran my first half marathon, adopted Lily, ran my first marathon, met some new friends, enjoyed life! I’m looking forward to more of the same at 27! Except the cat adoptions, those can stop now. Tula agrees, one little sister is enough. =)

Tula

Tula

Lily

Lily

 

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