Running a 5K
Published on December 9, 2013 by Sara Foss

Over at the DG, I write about running my first 5K.

Here's an excerpt:

"Over Thanksgiving weekend, I ran my first 5K, a turkey trot in York, Maine.

Running a turkey trot isn’t something I’ve ever really wanted to do. But when my sister Lesley invited me to join her on the run in York, I said, 'Sure, why not?' I figured it would be a good warm-up for the 5K I’m doing next week, the Last Run in Albany.

Lesley is an experienced runner who ran cross-country in high school and college. But I am not an experienced runner, which might explain why my sister Rebecca tried to convince me to dress up for the run.

'You have to wear a turkey costume,' she said.

'That’s not true,' I said.

The York turkey trot is a small, laid-back event. I don’t know how many runners the typical turkey trot attracts, but I estimated that there were maybe 200 runners at this one. After checking in, my sister and I headed toward the rear of the throng and waited for the race to start. I realized, as I stood there, that I had two fears: Hurting myself and being unable to complete the race, and finishing dead last.

'What happens if you come in last?' I asked.

'Nothing,' Lesley said."

Click here to read the whole thing.

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