Saturday turned out to be a pretty rainy and gross day all around but fortunately the rain clouds held off for the most part so the The 2nd Annual Honor Thy Mother 5K could take place without too much of the added excitement of a rainy challenge being mixed into the race.
The 2nd Annual Honor Thy Mother 5K took place in Lakeville, Massachusetts and was hosted by and supported the Mullein Hill Christian Academy. The race director prior to kicking off the race noted that the 5K was the school’s largest fundraiser so it was nice to see a healthy amount of walkers and runners toeing the starting line and heading out onto the course.
The course itself was an out-and-back loop taking runners away from the school and then into a large residential neighborhood, with some really splendid homes to look at along the way. Each mile was marked on the course and the course itself was pretty much pancake flat save a slight incline heading into the finishing half-mile or so. A water stop was at the half-way turnaround point and though the temperatures weren’t too warm it was a tad bit humid so the water certainly came in handy. The benefit of this out-and-back course is that you had plenty of runners and walkers cheering you along as you made your way through the second half of the race.
I knew as I was running along that I was maintaining a nice pace and certainly felt strong as I made my way throughout the course. The benefit of a flat course certainly is always nice to have but you also want to ensure you don’t push too soon and burn out midway through the race. Coming into the finishing chute, I was pleasantly surprised to see an official finish time of 22:36, good for 7:16/miles. Great to have a nice, fast pace on this race and here’s to hoping some more fast paces are in the not-so-distant future!