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Resolution Run 5k 2014

This year mom wanted to run the Hillsborough Resolution Run. A 5k on New Years Day. We’ve run it in the past, but not recently. So we spent a quiet night, New Years Eve, with friends and family, and lots of drinks and snacks. I went to bed around 2am and was wide awake before my normal work-week alarm goes off at 7am. When I finally got out of bed just after 9am, I wasn’t quite sure I was sober. But I ate breakfast and prepared to run anyway.

Dad decided, last minute, to be our cheering squad and drove us over to the municipal building. We picked up our goodies: custom bib and a hooded sweatshirt, and did a short warm-up. It was in the mid-30’s by race start at 11am, but the warm-up and adrenaline did the trick and 35 degrees was now comfortable.

Mom and I pre-race.

Mom and I pre-race.

Ready to run!

Ready to run!

The first loop around the building I stuck with mom, but we were running a 7:30 pace so we both backed off a bit. I latched onto the heels to two women who chatted about running 8:15-ish pace: where I wanted to be. We crossed the 1 mile just at 8:15, check. I stuck with them, but we all slowed a bit. We ran through a development, making lots of turns and up and down small inclines. The 2 mile marker volunteer was calling out encouragement and not splits, but I heard 17min just ahead of me… Alright.

The last mile was on a major road, not closed to traffic, but with a wide bike lane to run in. I chatted briefly with an older man and watched my two women run off ahead of me. In the last quarter mile I picked it up, but so did everyone else. Hopes of placing in my age group slipped away as women started running past me. Everyone looks my age running in cold weather gear, hats and gloves, etc.

I crossed the finish in 26:36. Alright, not bad for 5 hours of sleep and being hungover (if not still a little buzzed). I got a hug and a high five from dad before turning around and looking for mom near the finish. At 28min I saw her and at 28:24 she crossed the finish. Wohoo!

My finish.

My finish.

Mom's finish.

Mom’s finish.

We headed inside for water and a banana. They had apples and pretzels too. When the final results were posted, I discovered most 20-something’s must have stayed in bed with their hangovers and I’d run myself to a 2nd place victory in my age group. Yay! We stuck around through raffles and the awards in reverse age order… Mom ended up knowing the oldest male runner (age 81) and acquired his winnings since he could not use them: a free massage! I only mention this because all I got was a travel mug. 😉 Although I’m grateful it’s more useful than a medal.

I really did feel good this race. I was a little more consistent with my splits (for a 5k), and did not go out too fast. I’m happy with my time, considering. And I really think I can make a goal for 2014, not to run any 5k slower than this one!

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