Nothing starts a Thanksgiving Day like a run in the city you love…up and down hills… burning calories…getting passed by people in costumes…moms and dads pushing strollers…10k’ers who have already run the course once and are on their second lap…and children.
I’m okay with it, really. I am. I knew what I was getting into, I have not run regularly in a long time…so I didn’t set any expectations. I did want to try my best to finish under 40 minutes…and I succeeded. I was right around 36 minutes. My first two miles were around 11 minutes each…and then it all went uphill from there…
on Olive Ave..uphill.
My quads felt “alive” the next morning.
I loved it!
Being a Race Director myself (on a much smaller scale), I am always inspired with how well run this event has been. The quality of the shirts, the space for lining people up, the clearly marked signs, the advertising, the volunteers, the sponsors, the sound system…and the warm up.
Can we talk about the Warm Up for a minute?
I have been to several races…and I love seeing so many people get out at 730am to do a little aerobics with a local instructor! LOVE IT! They put shyness aside and do a little dancing in the street.
I also just loved how they lined us up. Its one thing to ask the slower runners (like myself) and walkers to head to the back of the line, but it’s another to actually give them a sign to stand by. Awesome.
This run has been quite successful since it’s induction a few years ago.
I love seeing familiar faces everywhere…which is probably the number one reason I love Burbank…the people. The people rock.
Next year, I told my 7 year old daughter, we’re doing this one together.
And we will.