I started the new year off with some mileage! I ran two races on January 1, and while I don’t regret the races (they both were benefited animals and personal friends), my body was not excited about the two races in one day thing.
In November, I signed my husband and I up for the Resolution Run. It was a 5k, I knew we could run together, it started at 10 a.m. (as opposed to 7:30 or 8 a.m.) and we could use the jogging stroller. The race benefited Brother Wolf – a local no kill animal organization (same organization we adopted Chloe from) and I just had a good feeling about it. My husband was halfway on board. And our son enjoyed it once we started moving.
The 5k started downtown (I love the buildings downtown) and it headed down Charlotte Street to Kimberly and back towards downtown.
Of course there were hills. You can’t run a race in Asheville without some brutal hills. My husband took over the jogging stroller for just a few minutes. He really isn’t used to running with it, and it can be hard to control. (My arms ended up with QUITE the workout!)
Our son didn’t want me to walk. He did say a few times, “look at all the runners!” It was a very cold race, and I was hoping to finish in decent time so we could get him back out of the cold. (The left photo just above is a photo of the three of us – our shadows count – running.)
There was beer at the end, and you could purchase food (proceeds went back to Brother Wolf.)
As we were driving home, I received a text from Melissa asking if I was running a race that afternoon benefiting a friend of ours who has been beating breast cancer. I’d been debating it, and I hadn’t yet told Carol that I didn’t think I was going to run it. I told Melissa I’d run it if she wanted to. And she had the same feeling. Seeing that our friend Carol is moving to Ohio soon (cue tears), we decided this would be one last final “race” for the three of us. #Team3Forever
The race wasn’t chip-timed, and it was through a super nice neighborhood in south Asheville. We signed up just before the start, and ran into a lot of former colleagues. (At one time or another, we have all worked at the newspaper.)
The race started and I wasn’t sure what I was thinking. My legs, arms and back HURT. We took our share of walk breaks. And encountered more hills. The hills in this race were brutal.
Less than a quarter mile before the finish, some women had set up a table with champagne and sparkling grape juice. I thought it would be fun to drink the champagne, grab/wear the beads and finish the race. Cheers to the three of us!
Note to self: Drinking champagne and running do NOT mix.
You know what mixes? Maple creme cookies from Earth Fare at the finish of any local race. Carol and I will always, ALWAYS run for cookies.
Did you run any races to ring in the new year? This was the first time I’ve ever done a Resolution Run – much less two.