Yes, I know, I’m several months late on this race recap, but as promise, here it FINALLY is!
This year, for Thanksgiving, all of my siblings made it back to New Hampshire, where my parents live. We decided that it would be fun to do a race together with everyone (including my parents!). Several years ago, when we were still in college, we did this race and loved it, so we decided to try it again. It did not disappoint!
The race started at 9am, but had packet pickup between 7-8am. Since two of us siblings have children, those who do not have kids went and picked up our packets for us (thanks guys!). This made it so my sister and I could come later after getting the kids up and ready for the day. Both our sons came with us, but my baby girl stayed home with Daddy. My sister’s son is 2, so this would be his first “race”! We planned on arriving at the race sight at 8:30am. However, we left the house a little late, so we were on track to arrive at 8:45am. No problem…just a 5k. Welllllll, my sister and I didn’t remember the race well enough apparently, because we directed her husband to the WRONG start line! By the time we realized we were in the wrong place and had to google the correct address, we had lost a significant amount of time. Our new ETA? 8:59am. YIKES! My brother in-law drove very efficiently though, and got us there with 5 minutes to spare! We quickly ran from the car to the start (where my parents were anxiously waiting with our race bibs), lined up somewhere in the middle of the crowd, snapped a quick pre-race pic, and had about 30 seconds to wait before the gun went off. That was THE CLOSEST I have ever been to missing the start of a race!!
Since I literally had about a 500 meter warm up, I new things would be interesting at the start, haha! Thankfully, I had about 1/4 mile on flat before we descended the memorable (and feared!) hill! I approached the hill feeling pretty good, and decided to see how many females I could pick off before I got to the top. Remember, I started mid-way through the pack, so several people started ahead of me.
I made it to the top of the hill and calculated that there were about 3 females left in front of me. I remembered that the rest of the race (about 1.5 miles) was mostly downhill now, so after catching my breath, I kicked it into high gear and tried to catch the other 3 girls.
With just about half a mile left, I’d caught 2 of the females, but the other one was just in front of me. At this point, my brother in-law came up behind me and surprised me! He’d been trying to catch me the whole time! He encouraged me to push hard to the finish; then when we were about 100 meters away from the finish line, he said “come on, let’s race!”. He’s about a foot taller than I, so he easily sprinted off ahead of me and finished a couple seconds before me! I wasn’t too thrilled about that, but I was happy to be done and had earned 2nd place overall female! Also, I set a huge PR for myself in the 5k by breaking 20 minutes!! My time was 19:58!!
I was really pleased with the race as a whole (other than almost missing it!!), and also, the prizes were great! I got a super nice glass AND a pint of REAL maple syrup! Best award ever! I think we’ll definitely be keeping that race in mind next time we are in NH for Thanksgiving!