After temperatures reached into the 100s last Fourth of July, Jason and I were quite happy to wake up Monday morning to cool temperatures and overcast skies.
We decided to return to the Freedomthon 5K, a fast, local run where I got my 5K PR in 2014.
To make it even more fun, we rode our tandem to the start line at the city library.
As soon as I jogged over to a water fountain pre-race, I knew I wasn’t going to get a PR again– my shins were acting up and I was feeling sluggish.
But that wouldn’t cut into my fun! I revised my goal, hoping now to just be faster than my time last week at the Twilight Run.
The course is a pancake flat out-and-back course. Because it’s a holiday, everyone was festive and there seemed to be more people cheering than at other small 5Ks.
The atmosphere was really fun, even if I wasn’t having a great running day.
Dressed in a patriotic outfit, I got a lot of smiles from people as I ran by.
Because of the out-and-back, I got to cheer on the faster runners, including Jason, and see all of the fun outfits people were wearing.
The last couple of meters, they hand you an American flag to cross the finish line with. It’s a unique part of the Freedomthon and it really does provide a running boost.
After finishing the pancake flat course, we were rewarded with… pancakes!
Despite my shins and hip pain that flared up in the last mile, I did reach my goal. Jason ran a sub-20 5K and got 2nd place in his age group.
We had fun riding our tandem back home, medals clanking and all!
Ran With: Ran alone
Costume that made me smile the most: A lady about my speed was wearing a headband with two mini pinwheels that were spinning as she ran.