Fat Buster 5k

I realized an important thing yesterday: I don’t like racing.  This is funny because that is what my husband does for a living.  I guess I should back up a little.  Dan and I signed up for a Turkey Trot 5k in Broomfield, CO.  I thought it would be fun to do it together and a good way to “earn” the food I was about to consume. (Today's pictures have nothing to do with running except that they were what I pictured as I was plodding through the race)
The morning started off with a 6:30 wake up call.  Dan needed to eat and get started on turkey prep.  I just wanted to sleep.  I’ve been battling a cold and felt badly.  However, I didn’t want to chicken (or turkey!) out at the last minute and we had already paid for my registration.  We headed out into the freezing temperatures and drove thirty minutes to the race site.  Most of Dan’s Team was there (except Amy who is sick-Amy, I was SO jealous of you being at home!)
 Ocean 14
The race start was a mess, since there was no real starting line and no one knew which way to go.  Finally the race organizer came and got us in the right order, but there was no division between the walkers and runners or anything.  I tried to stay right in front of the families with strollers and dogs.  When the race started it was mayhem.  I learned quickly that I was behind loads of walkers who were traveling in packs so it was really hard to get around them.  When I tried, a stroller almost cut me off.
 The beach
As I was running (well, walking-it turned into a lot of walking),  I remembered why I hated running.  The course was pretty hilly with very few flat spots.  This got me thinking that maybe it’s not running I hate but racing and hills.  I really wanted to get started running as soon as we got to the site and didn’t want to deal with the crowds.  I decided that next year I’m going to have the Fat Buster 5k.  It will start and end at my apartment and will take a nice flat path around my neighborhood.  This way I get a good run in and don’t have to deal with the stuff I don’t like! (plus I can sleep in!)
 The surf
Since this was such a downer post, I should add that a little over halfway through the race Dan joined me and finished the race with me.  It was kind of sad that he started walking while I was running!  But it was nice that he finished it out with me.  Also I think I finished with more people behind me than I did at the Cherry Blossom race!  There were still crowds at the finish line when I got there (it has been empty before).

So, who wants to join me for a Fat Buster 5k (in your town)?  Does anyone else not really enjoy road races because of the crowds?

(Pictures on this post are from my happy places…all the beaches Dan and I have visited)