Since I hurt myself at Disney I haven’t been able to run 2 days in a row. Trying to take it easy and give myself time to recover in between runs. But last weekend there were 2 back to back races for 2 good causes. And since they were only 5K’s I figured I’d give it a shot. Plus, there’s also the fact that 1) I’ve been feeling like I haven’t been pushing hard enough in my runs the last few months, like I haven’t really wanted to move into the pain of pushing. Plus 2) I just wanted to see how my knee was going to be. So I signed up for both the Ourboys 5K (for Batten’s Disease) and the Falafel 5K (for Jewish Family Services-got to support my boys)
Our Boys 5K
In the list of horrible, brutal diseases, Battens’ Disease has to rank pretty high up there. The disease affects children, not when they are born, but at some point a few years down the road. The disease leads to blindness, dementia, a variety of other problems and is generally fatal. I can honestly say that before about 2 weeks ago I had never even heard of it. In the last couple of weeks I’ve gotten quite an education. Fellow DART-er Jeff McGonnell was serving as race director for the race, and word spread through the DART blog page (davidsonarearunningteam.blogspot.com) about this great cause, so I decided to head out there. Luckily, Julia had a sleepover the night before, so both Jo and I got to go.
Jo ready to go
Race Director Jeff McGonnell ready
Tim Richter ready to run, and Dave Munger ready to keep me from dying of hydration at mile 2
Chad Randolph ready to rock
Time and pace for ourboys 5k
Tim, Chad, and Jeff comparing notes
Once I heard that there was also a 5K on Sunday at our temple, I started to think about doubling up. After feeling pretty good Saturday, I decided to get up early and head down to Charlotte. Even though it was mothers day, Julia had a dance competition out in Concord, so she and Jo had to be up and out early anyways. I figured that a Sunday race in Charlotte on Mothers day might not have a lot of turnout, and I thought I should go support my people, plus it was for Jewish Family Services, another good cause. After getting there early, as usual, I signed up and got my shirt and number.
Packet pick up
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Peace sculpture near the finish line
|Falafel 5K pace/elevation|
I hung around for a few minutes to see other people finish and cheer them on. They even did indeed have Falafel, but I (barely) avoided it, since I know how fattening it is.
Overall, I was pretty pleased with my weekend of running.