Last Saturday the husband and I ran one of my favorite races to run. It has become a holiday tradition for us most years and happened to be my first post-baby race at six weeks postpartum. Since I have a significant diastasis recti and had been doing mostly run/walking intervals, I knew I wouldn’t be racing this race. My goal was to run the entire thing at whatever pace needed to stay comfortable and I did just that.
Fresh falling snow was beautiful (and slippery) so maintaining a comfortable pace wasn’t too hard because slow going was needed. It was a date 5k and the first time the husband and I had been kid free since early August. We finally got to have an adult conversation without a toddler or baby interrupting us or demanding our attention. Two hours away feels like a long time when it’s been 4.5 months since it last really happened.
This report had no mile splits or specific details as I just ran comfortable without a watch and enjoyed my husbands company. Some of my favorite highlights of this race include the following:
-photos with santa and the Grinch before the race
-the course! The race starts at Myrick Park and runs on the marsh trails (love this route) to Riverside park
-Christmas lights lit the entire route of the 5k
-a finish in Riverside Park in a light tunnel is pretty cool along with the millions of other lights
-hot chocolate in a heated tent after
-a drink chip for a free Pearl Street Brewery beer available at several local establishments included in race swag bag
-free hat instead of a shirt
My least favorite part: to save time the husband and I parked a vehicle at the start and the finish instead of using the shuttle that took racers back to the start. This was a great plan except…I brought the key to the other car on the run. Post-run in the freezing cold we had a vehicle with our coats in it, but the key to the car at the start of the race. So wait outside in the cold for the shuttle we did instead of grabbing a post-race date drink. We laugh about it now!
This is a wonderful, festive and organized race if you live in the La Crosse area. Plus it gives me a place to sport my Christmas Procompression socks I love so much! I highly recommend both.