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Jun 21 / Jane

Washington Crossing Trail 5k 2014

I took 10 days off after the marathon.  I came back with a 2.5 mi easy run; then tried 3.75 mi two days later.  Two days following, was the Washington Crossing 5k Trail Run.  I dressed for the occasion, noting that “most patriotic” would win a prize.  The race director loved my outfit and look photos for the Facebook page.  I met up with Bill and lined up near the front with him and Brad from Bordentown Running Club.  Alex was there spectating.

The start was uphill and then single-file into the woods.  We ran downhill and then to the left, oops, I mean straight.  Bill and I had followed the lead group the wrong way and had to backtrack a tiny bit.  We ran past Sean from BRC and out into an open field.  Out and back past a water station, returning to the woods.  Back uphill and onto a road for a quick loop, then through the woods and onto the driveway downhill to the finish.  It was a hot one.  Bill had run ahead during the fields portion and I hung back with Brad.  The heat, my lack of training, and my entanglement within my red, white & blue beads and leis ran me to a 26:42 finish.

Start of the race

Start of the race

PI'ers representing

PI’ers representing

Sean, Brad, and I from BRC

Sean, Brad, and I from BRC

Honestly that is pretty darn good considering the conditions and my additional milage.  Except everyone agreed at the finish the course was indeed short of 5k, even including the additional portion.  My watch clocked at 2.87.  Oh well.  It was still a fun event, ran in good company.  I did not win Most Patriotic due to an adorable family of 4 complete in red, white & blue tutu’s, but that’s okay.

After the race, we headed straight up to Booton, where Alex’s parents have just purchased a new home, to assist in their first big move.  We arrived early and got to take in the sights of the town and even stopped to visit with Alex’s former violin instructor.  We enjoyed a yummy brunch and made it back to the house in time to unpack the moving truck before a monster thunder storm rolled in.  It really worked out well with the race in the morning.

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