A few months ago my friend Greg lost his father suddenly to liver cancer. His sister found a race near her in the Boston area that supports the American Liver Foundation and research and organized a group to run together in honor of their father. Since it fell during my spring break, I jumped on the chance to join in and show my support.
I took the bus out to Boston early Saturday morning and went to the Sam Adams Brewery. The rest of the day revolved around eating and sleeping. Which is a great way to rest/prepare for a 5k race.
The inital directions that were given said that the race started at Newton North High School. We found our way there and saw some folks setting up tables so we walked up check in - only to find that it was for the National Eating Disorder Walk - not Liver Lovers. After rechecking the race details, we discovered that the race was actually starting at Newton South High School. Thankfully we had given ourselves plenty of time and the race had 120 runners. Bib pick up was quick and painless and they had the main lobby of the high school open which was nice and toasty.
|Newton South, not North.|
Prior to the race, I initially had lofty plans of PR'ing. ( note: I haven't done speed training) or age placing (nevermind that the age group was 1-29) Then I had a killer week of workouts. Come Sunday I wasn't even sure I could run the whole thing. So I planned on running it as a shake out run. Especially since this was my first race since my injury.
|Team Dash for the Stache|
It was a small field, so naturally I started out WAY too quick, for the first few minutes my GPS was
reading in the 8's (which is awesome but completely unmaintainable for me at this point) After a hill or two I steadied my pace.
The course was through a neighborhood (that I obviously knew nothing about) but nice, there were volunteers at every corner and either a closed road or plenty of room on the road/sidewalk to run along.
|Thanks for the action shot Greg!|
Mile 1: 10:30
Mile 2: 10:29
Mile 3: 9:49
With no plans to PR and just run I was quite pleased when I finished at 31:23 ( both on my GPS AND Chip time- first time ever I've done that correctly.) I was smack in the middle of the pack with an average pace of 10:06. Not a PR but also not a PW so I'll consider it a win. I did some checking of results and even if I had nailed a PR I stood no chance of age placing. Someday, someday.
It's a bit a haul to Newton from Albany for a 5k, but I would do this race again for sure if my friend and his family decide to make it an annual event. I would definitely also recommend it to anyone that lives in that area, a small well organized race with lots of door prizes and for a good cause.