March’s race was the Hospital Half and 5K. This is not just a race, it’s an event! I also ran the inaugural race last year. This year, it was even bigger and better with more runners and more vendors. This race benefits the LiveWell grant program, providing health and wellness grants to area non-profits.
This race starts and ends about two miles from my house at my local community center. This winter, I have continued to meet there about once a week to run with a couple of friends. I say “about” because the plan was always to meet there, but often the weather didn’t cooperate, so we’d end up not meeting or going to the cave to run. Since we were not able to meet there nearly as often this year, I did not feel nearly as prepared for this race as I did last year.
Parking was at a premium, and runners were encouraged to park off-site and take shuttle buses, but I was able to hitch a ride with my daughter.
We were fortunate enough to have perfect running weather. It was about 43 degrees and sunny outside. There was a slight breeze from the south, which meant it would be at my back at the end of the race and up that big, ugly hill.
At 8:00 they started with the national anthem and then lined the half marathon runners up. I went out to cheer those runners on as they left the chute.
The 5K started at 8:30. We lined up and were off to a rocky start as there really were too many runners to go out the chute all at once. At the start of the race I ended up on the other side of the road with oncoming traffic.
This year, I ran about halfway up that ugly hill and walked the rest. I didn’t have a great finishing time, but I finished and my time was better than my last race two weeks ago, so I’m happy with that.
After the race, I visited some of the vendors with a couple of friends. It was almost like going to your wholesale club on sample day except that these were much larger samples. We had the regular fruit and snacks offered after most races along with chocolate, strawberry, and root beer flavored milk from a local dairy; pulled pork sandwiches from the rotary club; pizza; smoothies; and fresh draws served up from our local brewery.
After spending some time browsing around with friends, I decided to walk home. I was tired, so the walk was a little further than I would have liked. However, I did see some signs of spring!
Then God said, “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years; Genesis 1:14