The 5k, We Gather Together, is a fun run with a low registration fee in exchange for food donations. We decided to head over Wednesday for registration. It was pouring rain and just nasty out; yet this didn’t discourage the hundreds of runners from coming and donating food. They boasted t-shirts for the first 2,000 runners and I think they were right on!
This was definitely the biggest race we’ve run and there were many familiar faces in the crowd. Here is our crew…
We drove through some snow squalls to get to the race and I wasn’t about to wimp out, but I wasn’t too psyched about the weather. It cleared a bit as we waited for the start and then we were running through picturesque Sandwich village.
There is something awesome about running with so many people through an old New England town (one of the first towns). I didn’t know what to expect from my legs. Wow, they came through!
I really want a solid under 30 minute finish and settled for 32 minutes. They asked everyone to line up according to their pace and I headed towards the 10 minute + section. I have never really needed to weave around other runners and walkers. I definitely was weaving and bobbing for the first half mile. After that, it evened out.
I’ve been hoping to run a race where my pace increases and doesn’t decrease. At the very least, it’s been holding steady. Not during this 5k! I increased speed with each mile and was able to finish strong. My legs felt good from the start and I felt pretty confident in my pace.
I knew it wasn’t going to be a 30 minute finish, but it felt good and I stuck with it. I’ve been running longer distances lately, but I didn’t know how that would translate. Pretty well for this race.