Saturday and Sunday’s running events might have topped my list for fun runs this year. Saturday my friends and I headed up to Baltimore for
the Celtic Solstice 5-miler. We didn’t bother with our chips and simply ran the race at a nice comfortable pace. With a few miles thrown in before and after, we probably topped out around 10. We also got to meet up with the Capitol Area Running gals, which was a treat. And of course there was the brunch–a perfect day!
Sunday I teamed up with my daughter to run the local Rudolph Run 4-mile relay, while my son ran the relay with his speedy friend. This race is a ball–you each run a two-mile loop on trails through the woods. I let my daughter take the first leg, but ran alongside her. She was in 8-yr. old, take-no-prisoners mode, I’ve gotta say. I loved watching her pick people off as we went along though the woods. She really worked her tail off and I could tell she was having a great time doing it.
When she finished her loop, I headed out. I didn’t really intend to run hard, but that’s what I ended up doing. I knew my daughter had run well enough that if I pushed it a bit, we might sneak into the awards (it was admittedly a small race!). I was pretty happy with my splits when I finished and I loved being on the trails. I know a 50k is calling my name–I’ve gotta listen to it one of these days.
The boys–let me tell you about the boys! Those two hammered the course and beat us by a solid five-plus minutes! I was really proud of their effort. In the end, the
boys’ team finished second overall male team and my daughter and I managed to be the third overall female team. In the kids’ world, there was nothing better than this simply because of the prizes available–big tins of popcorn. Ah, to be so easily pleased!
I’m so glad I had the opportunity to run both these events over the weekend. Mood boosters when mood boosters were needed.
Anyone else participate in holiday runs this past weekend?