This past Sunday I had the painful joy of partaking in Cortland’s Trick or Trot 5K. I say painful because my body was not too happy with me that day and it had every right to protest.
Why was I in so much pain?!
Oh, ya know, because I switched my training run around just so I could participate in said 5K. I crammed in 15 glorious miles the day prior (16 if you count the extra mile I had walked to get home) and my body was feeling it.
Regardless of my lactic-acid drenched thighs, I was able to do the best with what I had and fared better than expected.
Even more exciting than my ability to move the day after such a long run was the fact that my little guy, Connor was able to participate in his first “race”!
This event is definitely a must-attend for any parent! Not only did they provide daycare during the race, but the little tykes were able to participate in their very own 100 yard dash.
Connor is still a tad young to understand the concept of when to run (though he does it on command any other day) so when the horn went off he just stood there. I leaped in and trotted by his side until he got the idea. He was VERY eager to catch that little shark ahead of him and finished his loop with a little help from mommy.
Then it was mommy’s turn. I didn’t quite know what to expect or how hard I would be able to push myself, but I managed to bring some life in my tired limbs. I was tailed the entire race by a woman in a bright neon green shirt and I could tell that she was pacing me and trying to keep up so seeing her in my peripheral was just enough to keep me going when every inch of my legs burned.
A pair of flamingoes and superheroes just ahead were also there to keep my motivated. I so badly wanted to pass them. I did finally manage to pass them, but superhero batman had to pass me in the final seconds of the race and I finally felt like that infamous bird flipping runner. All in all I was rather pleased considering I had physically exhausted myself the day before and still managed to place respectably 54/142 overall and 9/22 in my division.
It wasn’t my best rest, but it was fun and I am eager to give it another go next year. I’m even thinking that if I work on my training it could be a potential placement race in the future (unless it gets bigger and draws Ithaca crows–why are they so damned fast?!).
Have you participated in any Halloween themed races this month?