A Thanksgiving race is a must!
Last year was my first year running a Thanksgiving race and after repeating that for a second year, I plan to run every Turkey Day. (Or non-turkey day if you're me.)
This was my first time at the Fisher Cat's Thanksgiving 5K. I actually planned to run a different race up until about a week before, but when I realized running this 5K would get my milage high enough to complete the Millennium Running Series and earn a jacket...decision made.
This was my first race after my first marathon and I had been having some aches and pains, so I was annoyed to feel the tightness and pain behind my left knee during the first mile. I even thought I was going end up walking during that first mile, but thankfully as I ran I loosened up and the pain and tightness went away.
The parking situation was a little tricky. There is a lot next to the stadium, but it's not huge and anything not in a parking lot is tricky to me! Once parked I headed towards the Millennium Running arch to find the start, which was lined up right next to the field, down the bleachers, on the dirt!
Before the race began there was a moment of silence for a local runner who had recently been hit by a car while running and passed away. He and his running buddy ran the same loop together every morning for years. They were running together, both got hit by a car, and one of them passed away. SO SAD.
After the moment of silence and the National Anthem was sung by Miss NH, the race kicked off.
We began and finished inside the stadium, with a short loop through the streets of downtown Manchester. The loop itself was kind of boring, but the start and finish around the field were pretty cool. One good thing about running so many Millennium Running races is I'm starting to feel like I know my way around Manchester finally, and it's fun that I now know some running friends through She Runs This Town NH that I bumped into mid-race!
Will I return? Probably not. There are so many local Thanksgiving races so I will probably run a new one each year.
5K - 27:52
Hi, I'm Jessie!
I live in NH with my husband and our pups. My favorite things are coaching Girls on the Run, eating good food that I didn't have to cook, helping other people work on their health, volunteering for and running races, watching tv, doing yoga, and spending too much time on social media. #Balance