July 4, 2010

Freedom Day

I ran the Freedom 5K this morning at 11am. It was 90˚ and sunny, very undesirable conditions for a short, fast, violent effort. On top of that my legs weren't moving quite right after 75 miles of cycling yesterday. Yeah, that was a bad idea.

Are we having fun yet?

For some reason this race has way more competition than all the other local 5K races. All the area high school runners show up, which is not typical. This means about 20 runners will finish under 18:00, whereas a typical local race will have 2-5 runners that fast. Of course, the race started super fast. I was well off the leaders' pace and I still passed the 1-mile mark in 5:32. Ugh, too fast.


It was blazingly hot and I started to fade. My second mile was slower, and my third mile was even slower. I finished around 20th place or so. The clock read 17:55, though my watch read 18:09, a substantially larger discrepancy than usual. Other runners mentioned the same thing. I wonder what the official time will be... The race went okay, considering the horrible weather.

After the race I quickly changed gears and got the family ready to ride Big Red in the parade. Each year the Champaign County Bikes advocacy group invites members to ride in the parade. We've done this a few times before. This would be Will's first parade.


Ready for the parade


Two sweaty guys

Again, it was blazingly hot. We stood around in the staging area for a little before finding a tree to rest under for a few minutes. Just minutes before we were to start the parade the rain began to pour. Everyone else ran for cover, but I relished the welcome relief from the heat. I was soaking wet and it was the best I had felt all day. The rain slowed to a drizzle as we began on wet streets. A few blocks into the parade it stopped. By the end the roads were dry.

Parade start

Parade start


Champaign County Bikes in the parade

On the back of the tandem

Melissa's view never changes

Gary rides the "Jazz-cycle"

Parade Ragfields

Team Ragfield in parade mode

Finally, after the parade Will took his first swim in his new pool.


Good times were had by all. We're not watching fireworks right now. The boy's asleep and we're exhausted, so that's probably a good thing.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

oh my gosh! that's the cutest blog I've read in a while.
Grandma Bab