Great early summer conditions for this morning’s Pack the Pantry 5K in Dedham, Massachusetts. Hosted and sponsored by St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Dedham, the Pack the Pantry 5K raised money for the Dedham Food Pantry and runners had the option to bring canned goods to donate to the Food Pantry, as well.
The race was a nice run through residential roads of Dedham and when the race organizer quipped before the race that, “You can’t run in Dedham and not have some hills,” he wasn’t kidding.
The race started off with some really nice uphills in the first mile followed by a significant downhill right around the one mile marker. The course was open to traffic but coned off on main roads and while running through the neighborhoods there wasn’t much traffic to contend with. A water stop was present at the half-way mark which proved to be important as runners made their way up another really good uphill stretch around the two mile mark. After tackling the hill it was then into another looped neighborhood stretch before runners made a right turn back onto the road the church was on for a good downhill and flat stretch heading into the finish line.
Race organizers welcomed runners back into the church grounds and encouraged runners to head inside for a pancake breakfast. I opted for a water and some watermelon but those pancakes smelled amazing!
My calves felt a little tight on the hills this morning so when I noticed Westwood-based Accelerated Performance Rehabilitation (APR) at the finish line providing stretches and massage, I had to take advantage. It actually wasn’t my calves that needed the most work but was more my thighs and IT-band and the five minutes on the table along with education on home stretching was exactly what was needed.
I finished the Pack the Pantry 5K with a time of 24:39, good for 7:56/miles. With a good amount of hills, not a bad overall result! Back at it again tomorrow morning at The Bridge Center 5K in Bridgewater, Massachusetts!