First, in addition to enjoying nice weather or a bbq, or a 3 day jaunt somewhere, I hope you took time to remember our servicemen and women at some point this weekend. If not, do so now. The men and women that serve our country, past, present, and future, deserve our greatest respect. They go through a lot, so we don't ever have to.
On a lighter note, thank you to my wife Maura. I had been on and off about doing the Ridgewood 5K and was going to let it slip by, but she told me to go for it and thanks to her dad signing me up, I got in and ran my first race of 2014. Also, it was my first race since starting this blog a few months ago.
Although I did not have the full base I would have liked and really any speed work to speak of, I consider today a success. I finished the race in about 20:25ish and took 69th out of 1600-1800 people. Although it wasn't my best, I felt good racing again. The 3rd mile I fell off a tiny bit. I finished up mile 1 in 6:30, mile 2 same pace at 13:00 overall, and it took me about 7:25ish for the final 1.1 miles.
As I was running, it occurred to me what I often tell a lot of my students. Running races is a crazy sport because it doesn't matter whether you finish first or last. If you are racing, it hurts. For me today, mile 3 hurt.
Besides the race itself, the event in Ridgewood is always a fun time. It's about 2000-3000 people hanging out, doing a 10K, 5K, or the Fun Run mile, or simply spectating and cheering on friends and family. I love the event because its big and I like my kids to see it, be a part of it, and have fun together. That's just what we did.
After the 5K race, we watched the Master's and the Elite mile races for the men and women. A small group of runners punishing themselves to basically sprint a mile. It's always fun to see.
The Fun Run was a good way to finish off the event. We all ran the mile and mommy and the girls and Connor did a great job. I don't know if the kids will go on to race, but I want them to see it and have a positive feeling associated with it. I also like doing the Fun Run because it always feels like I am shaking out some of the Lactic Acid in my muscles and that it helps keep me from getting too sore post run.
Finally, it was a great excuse to hit the ice cream truck on the way out!