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B. A. A. 5K

April 18, 2010

I’ve missed you all and have so much to share from yesterday…but first, a race recap!

5000 runners.  3.1 miles.  26 minutes of fun!  Melissa, Jared and I woke up bright and early to prepare for the race.  It was an 8 AM start, but the race was minutes away from the apartment, so we warmed up…or cooled off?…as we walked to the gate.  This crazy girl brought her favorite pre-race breakfast along for the ride.

You guessed it!  Yoga bread and almond butter works like a charm!

I was ready to go when we arrived at the start.  We had a few minutes to spare and quickly realized that it would be a packed course.  This was only my fourth race.  The St. Pat’s 5K was my largest – 4000 runners – but this seemed much bigger.  We laughed and chatted as we made our way to the middle of the pack.

Off in the distance is the sign for “8 minute pace.”  We chose to stay put in that spot.  At 8:00 sharp, the gun went off and so did we!  It started to drizzle at that exact moment and we began weaving through the crowds.  I felt strong and excited to run.  After two days off, my legs were feeling the runner’s twitch.

It was a fun course through Boston’s Back Bay.  With only a few hills, we were able to power through packs of runners and find some holes in the crowd.  Lots of lateral moves!  At the final turn, my shoe untied, but I didn’t want to stop.  I picked up the pace and raced to the finish!

At the end of the race, we worked our way through the refreshment tent where we received medals and food bags.  My sample supply is growing by the minute!

Melissa and I are meeting Julie soon and heading back to the expo…new shoes, maybe?!  It’s always good to have a backup!  Another fun-filled day ahead!

The countdown to Marathon Monday is on!

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