Thanks Giving Day 5K
November is finally coming to a close. I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving out there. Per the usual, I managed to get out an run my 6th straight Thanksgiving Day 5Ks. This year I went back to Nashua, NH to run in their yearly 5K Trail Run at Nashua High School South. This years run was a real treat as I got a pretty fair amount of my family out there for the run. We had a great time and I was really thrilled to see my two nephews join in the fun, especially Timmy who was very quick to tell me his time (36:??) while standing in the finish line chute. It was also great to be a part of this race because I really took a step back and observed as many runners as I could. For some of these folks, it's their first 5K ever and they're starting their own Thanksgiving Traditions. For many more, it's old hat and this is the only 5K they'll run all year. But you can tell who the veterans are.. they run around the parking lot for 20 minutes before the "race" and are standing on the starting line with their fingers on the watch button. ::Sigh:: To Each his own. I managed to run the 5K in a relaxed 25:06. Just under 8 minutes miles, I hurt a few times during the run but never enough to walk. I really enjoyed just running at threshold and seeing where I ended up.
November has become the time of year for me when I finally put my feet up and give it a rest. I look ahead to the races I want to run in 2011, and try to come up with a plan to get there. Next year seems east in comparison to the year I just had. As well it should be given the goals I've set up for myself. I've applied for the Hardrock 100 and hope very much to get in and I'll be looking for redemption at Leadville. The rest, is as good a guess as any. I don't know where I'll be living while I hope for Colorado and wherever it is I move I'll need to get in touch with the ultra-scene out there rather quickly.
But for now, it's time to get ready to break out of my November Slumber. Time to train 5 days a week, bring back the long runs and get back into shape. I have 20 pounds to shed and many places left to visit if only for one more time. I'm excited yet I'm still rather tired; however I think the fatigue comes from just sluffin' around. It's time to get moving again.. time to look ahead to 2011 and go for it. It's been a long while since I've revisited the drawing board and got back into old routines. Now is as good a time as any.
Hmmm... I wonder if anyone has ever run the 2000 Mile Oregon Trail. Chalk the wagons anyone?