Time for a recap of the 5k I did last weekend! Two races in two weekends you ask? Yep! Guess this athlete is really back
The Easter Egg Scramble 5k is a local race that benefits the Handicapped Development Center which provides work, social, and other opportunities for people with disabilities. It is a cause close to my heart because my friend’s brother has Cerebral Palsy and HDC has helped him.
This was the 2nd year for this race and I have to say, they put on a great one!
Steve and I were two of about 650 runners who got up on the Saturday of Easter weekend to run. It was a little chilly still at 8:15 AM when we headed to the race so I wore long sleeves. About a mile in I wished I could ditch it! It ended up being a gorgeous, sunny day and perfect race weather.
Our race plan was simply to finish. We’ve been doing the Couch to 5k for the last two months to get back in running shape and this was the longest distance we have run this year. Due to depression and other issues, I haven’t been able to train or race nearly at all in over two years and being back at it makes me SO happy.
The course was definitely more hilly than I thought it would be. I guess that’s what I get for never looking at a course map, huh? 😛 The first three-quarters of a mile was basically straight up a big hill. It really took the wind out of my sails and the rest of the race was pretty slow going. I ran the whole way though, even the hill right at the end. I finished in 47:03. It’s really slow but it doesn’t bother me. I’m starting over and with consistency and work, I’ll get better and better. It’s kind of a big deal for me to not beat myself up over pace, so I consider this a win on many levels!
At the end of the race I got a medal, which I did not except. You all know how I love medals! This is hands down the COOLEST medal I’ve ever received. Not only is the design great, but it is a magnet AND the top is a bottle opener. WHAAAAT? Super cool!
The local fire department was there serving a real breakfast of eggs and sausage in addition to the normal bananas and bagels. They also gave out Gatorade energy chews. Oh, and did I mention we also got towels at the end of the race? The swag from this little 5k is quite impressive!
After enjoying the post race goodies we headed back to the car. We passed a wine shop on the walk and stopped in for a little tasting. The first race of the year is a reason to celebrate, right?
I’m definitely going to look in to doing this race again next year. It was so well done for only being in its 2nd year, it is for a great cause, and the swag is great! If you are in the Quad Cities around Easter, I’d highly recommend it.
Til next time, keep training!