Last Saturday morning I ran my second 5K race of the 2012 season (I want to run at least 1 5K a month). The race was an “out and back” in Liberty State Park. Yes, as I ran I saw the Statue of Liberty, the New York City skyline and acres of pristine N.J. parkland. I felt the wind in my hair (and whistling in ears) as I ran along the shoreline on the wooden decking and poured concrete pathways. I was nervous the wind would put me off my pace. That’s me: I need to worry about something. At all times. Or I’m just not, well, me. But hey, I’m definitely becoming a better runner. I can run well over a mile without stopping and doubling over to catch my breath now! I ran the race in 32:35, a tad slower than the 5K I ran on St. Patrick’s Day; I’ll blame it on the wind. And by the end of the race I had a pain in my back that was really, really not nice. But it didn’t stop me; I finished!
Hundreds and hundreds of runners showed up for the race; including a fair number of teams. My husband Mike has run the essential2life 5K before; he said it’s one of the best-coordinated and best-sponsored races he runs. I can say that the sponsors were incredibly generous with giveaways. Mike won a medical kit for his car! And the post-race snacks? Awesome!
In addition, runners and their families and friends grooved to a live band inside the ferry terminal both before and after the 5K race. And a DJ set up near the starting line set a strong base beat for our feet! Festive and fun!