Happy Monday everyone! Running reason began for Buffalo and Tough Cookie Sunday in Nashua at the annual Soup Kitchen 5k. We are what’s called Back of the Pack runners. Our motto: Don’t finish last!
Usually, we run our own race, but yesterday Janelle was feeling companionable and didn’t want to run alone. “It’s bad luck to not stick with your running partner on the first race of the season,” she said. So, it looks like my hiking partner will also become my running partner.
The course is a fine one, starting with a long slightly downhill straight away then a mile jog through a residential neighborhood, before finishing back near the start. We did fine, though we have lots of work to do to get our numbers up. Janelle demolished the first mile of the course, finishing in just over ten minutes. We finished mile two in 22:30 and were on a smoking pace. But Janelle got some stomach cramps at mile three and we had to crawl back to the finish mile nursing our wounds and both ended finishing in 37:48. That gave us about a 12:10 pace.
The real treat came at the end where we collected armfuls of yummy post-race treats to take with us to see Oz: The Great and Powerful. Way back in October as we finished our hiking list, I promised Janelle I’d take her to see Oz as The Wizard of Oz is her favorite movie. So, we rested our aching muscles in movie seats and passed the day watching witches fight wizards. Pretty nice.
Our unexpected press moment came at the hands of Carol Robidoux from the Nashua Patch. Carol caught up to us pre-race and we were even able to pitch the book. Here’s the link to the story.
Click the photo section to find our picture and write up: Nashua Patch Race Photos
We’ll be back at it again on Saturday as we run the Girl Inc. 5k in Concord.