We took another trip to Crazytown last weekend and registered to run two 5Ks. Both were a blast, although thankfully only one of them required me to wear facial hair and oversized novelty felt pants. The other, a decidedly more serious affair (despite the presence of a number of saucy Miss Santas), was the occasion of a major milestone for me: I RAN THE WHOLE WAY!
This is huge. In my previous life, I couldn’t even run up the street without wheezing like an old man and stopping to catch my breath. And while I still wheeze like an old man, and often need to take my asthma puffer during a run, being able to do a 5K without pausing is something I never thought I would accomplish. Ever. (Granted, until six months ago, I hadn’t spent a lot of time thinking about running.)
It was a glorious day for the Miss Santa Holiday 5K. Bitterly cold, but crisp and clear. Best of all, this course, along Boston’s lovely Charles River Esplanade, had no hills. Hooray! Savvy readers will recall my inability to manage inclines of any size, despite my best efforts and copious research. So yes, the flatness of this course no doubt pushed me, Hubby (and probably most of the other runners) to a personal best.
With a little help from a running buddy
However, it wasn’t just the absence of hilly hazards that stopped me from stopping. I ran this race in the company of a good friend with a similar pace to mine. It was the first time we had run together (actually, it was the first time I had run with anyone who wasn’t Hubby Santa), and somehow, silently, we got each other to go faster – and keep going.
We learned afterwards that we were both thinking the same thing: “I am not going to be the one to stop first,” despite sharing that must-immediately-cease-all-activity feeling that usually occurs around the 2.5-mile mark. The prospect of being shamed is a great motivator!
Or maybe it was the beer
A confession. One of the reasons this event appealed to us so much (and something that potentially contributed to our superior results) was the after-party and brunch at Cheers, which of course featured my favorite post-run libation. Had I known there was also going to be yummy, yummy bacon, however, I may have run even faster. Note to race organizers: Let this fact be known earlier!
The event was put on by an organization called Run Against Cancer Events (RACE), which donates money to various charities.
That, plus bacon, plus a goal accomplished equals happiness.
The event: Miss Santa Holiday 5K
The location: Boston, MA
The date: December 11, 2011
My time: 33:33 (which, by the way, takes my pace below 11 minutes!)
Hubby’s time: 21:06 (wow!)
The T-shirt: No T-shirt (shock!), but a selection of hats and gloves
The aftermath: Bananas, oranges, bagels, Larabars and of course the party