This past Sunday, the day before Marathon Monday, I ran the Patriotic 5k with Andrew and our friend Lucas. It was a hot day, up around 80 degrees, and boy did we feel sluggish. Despite feeling sluggish, we all ran a pretty good race. Lucas ran phenomenally fast, coming in 21st place with a time of 24:46. Crazy man. Andrew and I ran together, as we always do, and were convinced we were taking at least 40 minutes to complete the thing. But, despite our ill-feelings, we set a PR for ourselves: 35:38. That’s an 11:30 min/mile pace, which is better than our last 5k which was a bit over a 12 min/mile pace. Regardless of the results, we all had fun being outside and being active, and that’s really what it’s all about – isn’t it?
In the winter, my love for outdoor running goes on hiatus. Sure, some people like to bundle up with the gloves and hat and multiple layers and go for their run like nothing’s changed. Some people don’t like to bundle up, but do it anyway. Personally, nothing makes me want to stop running more than cold weather, rain, snow. So, I bring my running inside. I hate the treadmill, but I hate freezing to death more.
Now that it’s almost April and the weather is getting warmer-ish, it’s time to get myself back outside, back to nature. I’m bringing myself back by running the Patriotic 5K road race in Medford, MA. This race (well, race for everyone else – leisurely jog for me), runs on parts of the route Paul Revere rode in April 1775 on his way to Lexington to warn that the British were coming. The run also goes past several historic homes, West Medford Square, Oak Grove Cemetary, and parts of the Historic Middlesex Fells reservation.
Here are the deets:
Date: Sunday April 15, 2012
Start Time: 11 AM, registration opens at 9:00 AM
Location: American Legion Post 45, 321 Winthrop St, Medford, MA
Entrance Fee: $25. If you register by April 1, you get a race t-shirt! If you register on race-day, it’s $30, so do just register now
Where to register/find more information: Patriotic 5K