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Monday, November 11, 2013

CareNet Feed the Need 5K Recap

Left to Right: Mark, Cindy, Teresa, Laura, Josh
Since we were all going to be in town the first weekend of November for Laura's daughter Starr's bridal shower, we decided to find a fun 5K we could all run together.  We have done the Race for the Cure together, but Laura was the only one who ran back then - Cindy & I walked it.  This was the first race we would all be running together.

We decided to do the Feed the Need 5K (link goes to race results) in Franklin NC.  Great choice - it was on the Little Tennessee River Greenway and was a very pretty course.  The morning mist was rising off the river, and there was still a lot of fall color in the trees.  Our only complaint: we wish we had known it was not all paved - some of it was mud & some was gravel - so we would've worn different shoes.

We had a couple of extra family members joining us - Laura's husband Mark and Teresa's son Josh also ran, and our parents came to watch & cheer us on.  It was a chilly morning, but once we got running we warmed up quickly.

Winner winner chicken dinner

The course was an out-and-back, so we got to cheer each other on as we went by, which was nice.  First to finish was Mark, who placed 3rd overall for men with a time of 23:22.8.  Close behind was Laura, who was the female race winner with a time of 24:54.0!  Josh finished next with a time of 29:46.6 and 2nd in his age group.  Teresa and Cindy both achieved personal bests of 35:41.8 and 37:06.9 respectively.

We had to overcome a few technical issues:  Cindy's phone had no service so she couldn't stream music, but Laura had an MP3 player she wasn't using; and Teresa lost one of the tips of her cordless headphones, but had a backup pair of corded headphones.  We all had a lot of fun running together & rooting each other on.  Hopefully it is something we will be able to do again sometime soon.

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