Friday, November 29, 2013
Early on a chilly thanksgiving morning, we joined about 10,000 walkers, joggers, and runners to participate in the Feaster Five race in Andover, MA.
It was the third year we have ran in it, and this year my two big kids (7 and 5) we're big enough to do the kids race. The 5 and 6 year olds had a 200 m dash and the 7 and 8 year olds did a 300 m dash. My kids were pretty chilly and not that fired up about it, but they ran anyway and got a nice Feaster Five medal. My DW was taking care of the two littles, who were bundled up like the kid in the Christmas Story, while I helped the big ones at the race. After their race, she whisked the kids off to the warmth of the car and found an open Dunkins on the way back to my brother's house.
I linked up with my SIL and her two daughters (12 and 14). The last two years, I have been running with and pacing her older daughter. Last year we started too far back and were weaving through hoards of walkers, dogs, and buggys. We started closer to the front, near the 7:30 pace sign. We still had to do a lot of weaving, but a less than last year. The race starts with a flat half mile then a half mile up hill. We had a good start and a climb up the hill, hitting the first mile around 7:45. At the top of the hill, you turn the corner and have a long straight section with a slight downhill. We hit the second mile around 7:15. The third mile continued straight for a bit before turning, making a rough triangle. We ran the third mile in just under 7 min, and turned up a short climb to the finish line. We finished in 23:20 chip time, a full minute off last year's time!
There were some legit runners out there, the winning male runner came in at 15:10! The leading female runner was 17 something, pretty speedy! I ended up finishing 202 out of 6000 some 5k runners (there were about 4000 5 mile runners too). I has a pretty good AG showing, with a 15/640. My two nieces did awesome, the older one finished 9th in the female 13-19 AG and the younger one ran with her two soccer friends and the three of them finished 6-7-8 in the female U12 AG. They are both big into soccer, but if that doesn't work for them, I bet they could switch to cross country!
It was a lot of fun, and a great start to a fun Thanksgiving. We had a good visit and came back home from MA today (Friday). It is nice to be back with some weekend left to recover from Thanksgiving!
Take care, everyone! Happy thanksgiving!