“Why aren’t you signed up for the 401K? I’d never be able to run that far.” ~ Scott Adams, Dilbert
Thursday, November 27th, 2008 – 9 AM Race Start
It’s become a tradition in our house. Thanksgiving morning starts with a 5K race in Madison – about an hour drive to get to the race location (that means no sleeping in on this morning). Followed by continuing our travels onto one of our parents for the traditional Thanksgiving day feast. This was our fourth year participating. Some have been warm, some have been way beyond cold. This year was a cold, but manageable morning – temps in the low 20’s (Fahrenhiet). Light wind.
The “Berbee Derby – Like a Thanksgiving Day Parade, Only Faster”. I love that tagline! This year, about 3500 participants, running either a 5K or 10K race.
I ran the 5K race with my two oldest children. My wife and youngest son volunteered at the race.
It was a refreshing morning. The cool morning air made for a chilly wait until race time. But once we were running, all was good! The course is through city streets, marked by rolling hills. For the first time in a race, we all split up and ran at our own pace.
So, I’ve been “training”. Not excessively, but I have been going out a couple of times each week to get a run in. No one else in my family has been doing this. So, who finishes the race first in our family – my oldest son. Beats me by nearly five minutes. Is that the beauty of youth? Will I ever see the day where I cross the finish line before him?
In the end, I finished the race in 27:31. My son – 23:09. My daughter – 32:14
Everyone was very happy with their performance out on the race course! Everyone had fun, got some exercise, and even a few snacks afterward! It was a great way to start the day.
We started the day tired and cold. We finished the race, awakened and warmed up!
Like a Thanksgiving day parade, only faster…
And then, we were off for some well-earned turkey and pie!