This is the 3rd year I've run the Rindge Le Tour de Common. Previously, it was just a 5K, and my first year, I came in 4th for my age group (by about 8 seconds). Last year, I came in 10th (aka LAST) for my age group. That was a crazy tough run, due to the heat, humidity and the very fast field. This year, they added a 10K and adjusted the course a little, which basically shave the steepest part of the downhill off the start (yea!) and added a lap around the common to the finish. For the 10K, it was 2 loops of the 5K.
As usual, they started with the kids race. The boys lined up with a small horde of kids. I wish I could have gotten my camera out in time; before the start, Pete was standing there, ready to run with one hand on his watch, as if he was waiting to start his Garmin. Pretty much like all of the guys in this picture. The boys finished together at 2:33 for 0.2 miles. Brian actually slowed down to wait for Pete on the last lap!
|Brian, in red and blue, with Pete, in white and black, right behind him. I love when there's a kids' race!|
At the first uphill, I saw this fellow:
|Yes, I stopped during a 10K to take a picture of Stuart the Minion|
I finished my first lap at 33 minutes and change, which was faster than I thought. Lap two was a bit slower (with more walking breaks). It was pretty obvious that there were three of us bringing up the rear: me, and a husband/wife couple. The wife and I were playing leap frog with walking breaks, and I think if she didn't keep waiting for her husband, our finishes would not have been as close as they were. As we came down the last hill, I saw my boys and gave what I had left. Not enough to catch anyone, but enough to get a PR by about 7 seconds! And third place in my age group, complete with medal!!!!!
|My boys congratulating me, about 6 milliseconds before asking to wear my medal! The shirt was perfect for this race, because Finishing really did equal Winning!|
Every year, I swear I'm not doing the race again; it's too hilly, it's too tough. But, it's such a fun and well run race that, as long as my schedule allows for it, and my parents are still in NH, I'll be back.