First Race of the Year


OK, so first things first…I’ve learned the hard way that a half pound of raw carrots the night before a race is not  good pre-race fuel.  Sheesh!!  Good thing the race didn’t start until 10!

So this was my first race in 2016.   I’ve made this race an annual event for the past four years b/c it falls on or around my birthday.  And really what better way to celebrate than to run a race?

It is local 5k, on a course that is VERY difficult.  It is an out and back loop.  First mile, all down hill, second all flat, third all uphill.  This is not a PR course, but I enjoy it because it is close to my house, and I always see a lot of running friends there.

Some of my best running buddies didn’t show up this year, but I brought an old friend who is new to running.  It was awesome to share the experience with her!img_0477_1.jpg

It was COLD this year, but not so bad once the race started.

One of my biggest thrills is to see/greet all the people I know.  I saw our high school cross country team…they were running in the opposite direction on a training run.  ‘Go Mrs R.’. So that was fun.  I also saw some cross country moms who braved the cold to race too! Awesome!  And a friend who ran Boston last year when I did (we actually found each other at the start in Boston!).

The very best part of this race for me was when I was coming up the awful uphill finish.  A man in front of me was struggling.  He’d walk, I’d pass him, then he’d run and pass me…At one point, I was passing him again.  As I ran by, I motioned with my arms to ‘come on’.  To my surprise, he did!  We reached the single flat part in the uphill finish, I knew to surge here, b/c the .1 to the finish line was uphill.  He didn’t surge, but he didn’t walk either.  He finished about 5 seconds behind me.  Later, after we’d caught our breaths, he came over and thanked/hugged me for the encouragement.  That made my day!

The really good ending to this story is that he won his age group!!


Today I am trying a link up for the Weekly Wrap hosted by Holly @ HoHoRuns and Tricia @ MissSippiPiddlin.   See rules here. Thank you ladies!



20 thoughts on “First Race of the Year

  1. wanderwolf

    Happy belated birthday! And a race to commemorate it is always great.
    I love the happy ending to this race; knowing one can make a difference in someone’s race or day like that is always the motivation to encourage those around me!
    Looks like a good race, and with an ultra on the horizon (!!), conquering hills like that is likely to come in handy!

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    1. Rebecca Royy Post author

      Thanks for the kind birthday wishes. And yes, I’m glad I didn’t just tick off the other runner! I’ve got to check out your marathon post now!


  2. HoHo Runs

    Happy Birthday! Running a race is the perfect way to celebrate. I ran a very challenging 5k this past weekend too…with the dreaded uphill finish. It’s wonderful you were able to encourage a fellow runner and that he placed first in his age group. Thanks for linking with us Rebecca!

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    Congratulations on the race and your Birthday!!! Do you know the reason I chose my very first 5k was because it was on my birthday and I thought it was a sign I needed to enter. Turned out it was a great sign! Can’t wait to hear how you celebrated! Thank you for linking up with us!

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    1. Rebecca Royy Post author

      Thanks for the link up and the birthday wishes! I LOVE the tradition of a birthday race. Especially since I am way too old to run my age in miles in my birthday… 53! Yikes



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