Yesterday I got to join my blogging friend Allison for a little run in the woods Her husband organized a 5k up in Two Rivers Wisconsin and I decided to head up after a haircut to be a part of the party!
All week we had been having temps in the 70′s but then of course on Friday, the temps dropped 30 degrees to be in the 40′s. It actually ended up being an OK thing though and I still managed to overdress for the temps!
I had a haircut bright and early on Saturday morning and then after that, headed up to Two Rivers for the run. Luckily the 5k started at 10am so I had plenty of time to get up there. I was very surprised that people were still furiously registering when I got there though! Nothing like waiting until the very last minute to sign up. People were literally signing up until the start time…
Once Allison and I headed out to the start area, we only had to wait like 3 minutes and the race was on! The first part of the race was on a road near the hospital where the race started and finished and this mile really seemed to take forever! After that mile was over, we turned into a wooded trail which is where the rest of the race took place.
Miles 1-3 actually went really fast through the woods, I think because you have to concentrate so hard to not trip and fall? I’m not sure I’m really cut out for trail running for my usual running routine but it was really fun to do one race this way.
Allison and I kept a really good pace throughout the whole thing and it didn’t feel like we slowed down a ton when the terrain changed. I’m sure we slowed a little but it didn’t feel as different as I thought it would. Allison and I ended up finishing in just over 31 minutes which really surprised me and was a PR for Allison! (I haven’t been able to find the results anywhere yet but will update my race page when I find them…)
This race was really fun and I am glad I could make it up there for it! It was really cool to be back in the town where I ran my first marathon. I think this town will always hold a special place in my heart. While driving down the road to the hospital, I actually drove right near the trail I ran and I was surprised by how much I remembered. And I actually remembered where I’d seen my parents and sister along the way! It was also de ja vu that the guy who won Maritime, won this race too!
Hopefully I can make it back next year for this race! And I will try to have a better costume next year. Wearing scrubs to a race near a hospital loses a bit of it’s costume impact… Oh well, at least it was comfortable!