This was my fourth attempt at a race in either New York or New Jersey and in the spirit of Thanksgiving, I was thankful to finally cross one of the two states off the list.
I planned the trip to Jersey over Thanksgiving since my family was out of town and it was high time I visited my friend Felice, and her new sweet baby boy. It was good to spent time with her family, and the two of us got some good bonding time in.
We also got to visit the botanical gardens, AKA her soon-to-be new backyard, and I got to try out the "sunset" setting on my new camera. Yeah.
The race itself was a 5 mile turkey trot in Westfield, NJ. It was a pretty big turn-out for a small-town race (around 800 runners) and it was a beautiful day for a run (almost 60 degrees on November 26th)! The race course takes you for one loop in the park and then about 3 miles through a residential area. It was simple, but pretty, and had good crowd support. I focused on trying to improve running the tangents and kept my pace even with some high school track gals just ahead of me - I was determined to stick with them and prove that being twice their age didn't mean I'd have to finish in twice the time. And I am thankful for their motivation! I was happy with my time (39:07.5) though it only put me 9th in my age group and 192nd overall. It was a 7:49 split, which is good for me, so I was stoked! Food and activities pre- and post- race were good and overall, I'd recommend this run as a nice November jaunt.
So, as we end the time of celebrating our thanks and move into a time of giving, consider donating to Kiva as an act of both. And THANK YOU to all those who donate, support, listen, etc.
I am a thankful runner.