Milltown Firecracker 5k Race Recap

This essentially “The Race That Started It All” for me – the first goal race I ever had. when I started running, I wanted to run this race: my local 5k that I’d heard all about my friends running for years prior on the morning of the 4th of July. So every year, I feel obligated to come back and run it – PLUS, who doesn’t love a theme party? I look forward to pulling out my red, white, and blue each year. This year we finally got our shiz together and got matching t-shirts.

 

The weather on the morning of July 4th could not have been better – it was in the 60s, with a breeze and not much humidity compared to the weather we’ve had recently. Definitely ideal, because some years this race is a REAL scorcher! The race itself is pretty simple – mostly local runners, lots of high schoolers and townies.

My mother, my BFF, and I have run this race the past few years – this year, it was even better: my mom had talked my niece, Skylar, into running her very first race! The kids’ 1 Mile Fun Run goes off prior to the 5k each year. About 100 kids were signed up this year! I knew it could end one of two ways: with crying or very, very happy. She’s 7 1/2, so most things end up one of those two ways.

We began the morning by walking down to Boro Park and taking pics of our super cute outfits.

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See? How cute are we. My mom, me & Sky

The kids’ race starts at 7:45, and the 5k begins at 8:10. The kids race went off, and my mom ran beside Sky.

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15 minutes later, they came around the bend – still smiling!! Sky even gave us a sweet wave on the way to the finish.

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This was so cute. Skylar was SO HAPPY. I’m hoping she’ll want to do it again next year 🙂

 

Then, right after, mom, my BFF, and I toed the line for the 5k. I was on the fence about if I’d “race” this or just run comfortably. I ended up deciding that I didn’t feel like “racing” racing. My goal became to try to stay with my BFF, who was running with her double jogger.

The race starts with a cannon – and every year it scares the bejesus out of me, even though I know its coming.

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The race start – and the smoke from the cannon!

I should’ve known that she’d end up running faster than me, even with the stroller, but at the beginning I thought we’d just have a stroll in the park. This course is hilly compared to a lot of other local races – just after mile 1 there is a decent hill, then a long rolling hill up to mile 2, and another short hill at about 2.5, and a final hill just before the finish line. So for me, this is always a toughie. I was able to keep up with her until around mile 2 – and until then my mom was smoking us both too!! At that point, she passed me for one last time, and bid her back farewell… And just hoped that I had enough in me to not get beaten by my mom, too.  She faded a bit in that last mile, so we came in my BFF, then me, then mom. Actually, that’s pretty much the order we usually finish – except I had really hoped not to get beaten by my BFF with the double jogger, dangit. Oh, well.  I’m glad to see her getting her racing chops back – and at least I know I’ll have a cheering squad finishing ahead of me at all the races we do from here on out!!

I wasn’t terribly disappointed in my splits.

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Could I have ran faster if I had really pushed it? Sure. But I did enjoy the race, and knew I had a long day ahead after, so not feeling like death was important. Overall, it wasn’t my best race, but I also went in thinking I’d go kind of easy(ish).

 

My next race will be the Undy Run/Walk in Long Branch on July 16th. It is a new race to me, so I am not sure what the crowd will be like, but it looks like a lot of fun. Since it is Long Branch, I’m guessing its a largely flat course so that always makes me happy – and hopefully I’ll be able to really put it all out there. I found a pair of sparkly undies at Target the other day that will SURELY be my over-spandex “undie” participation. Lord knows I can’t pass up a theme party 🙂

 

Have any of you ever done an “Undy” run or something similar?? I’m excited to see what goes down and hope that people have on fun outfits!

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2 thoughts on “Milltown Firecracker 5k Race Recap

  1. Nice work, lady! And how fun that your niece ran her first race, too! I wish my aunt would have taken me on a race when I was little 🙂

    Very intrigued to hear all about the undy run 🙂

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  2. Pingback: Follow Me 5k – Race Recap | The Slow Sheep

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