On Saturday morning, I ran the Elgin Fox Trot 5k. This was my 6th year doing this race. My dad and I did the two mile walk last year since it was right before my hip surgery.
Danny and I after the race:
Unfortunately, this was not a good race for me. I forgot how hilly the course was and my hip just wasn’t ready for all those hills. I felt really good running the Mother’s Day race a couple of weeks ago but at this race, I felt the complete opposite.
There was a big hill right away on the course and that hill really killed me for the rest of the race. Every single step was a struggle especially since it was so hilly.
I managed to run the race without having to walk, but my pace was slower. I finished in 32:36 and headed right to the Athletico tent to be stretched out because my hip and quad were killing me.
Not every race can be great and I still really need to work on my running including running outside rather than on just the treadmill.
Danny, my sister-in-law, and her cousin ran the 10 miler. My brother and I ran the 5k.
My sister-in-law and brother:
My brother and I:
This was my brother’s second 5k since his back surgery a couple of years ago and he did great! I have enough trouble running after my hip surgery, I can’t even imagine running after a back surgery! Awesome job, Paul!
Danny did awesome running the ten miler. This was his third year running the ten miler and got a PR of 1:19:19! He did awesome!
The Elgin Fox Trot is always a lot of fun. There’s a big after party area with a live band and each runner gets a free beer.
After the race, we stopped at Dunkin Donuts for some coffee! I wish races gave out free coffee instead of free beers!
Since it’s only three miles, I usually don’t eat anything or drink coffee before a 5k. By the time the race is over, I’m dying for coffee.
I really like the Elgin Fox Trot. Packet pick-up is always a breeze. The race starts right on time and the courses are pretty well marked. There are indoor bathrooms and plenty of port-a-potties. There are bagels, orange slices, bananas, chocolate milk, water, and Gatorade post-race. This is the only race that I’ve ever used the gear check and I’ve never had a problem.
There is an after party with a live band and a beer tent. This year they were giving out free massages and free manicures and pedicures. Even though I didn’t get one, I thought that was a pretty nice race perk!
Overall, a great race even if it wasn’t my best race!
- Have you ever really struggled during a race?
- Favorite race?