Flapjack 10k

Happy Sunday everyone!

After an eventful Saturday (10 mile run in the morning, 5k race in the afternoon) I got up early for the Flapjack 10k. The race is for the Children’s Cancer Connection, and is quite a neat event. This was my first time running the event, and I think it will be on my list of yearly events. A well run event, a good cause, beautiful course along the Raccoon River, and pancakes! Can anyone ask for more?

So I got up early and found myself pretty stiff from all running Saturday. Stretching helped, but it would take time to loosen up, and I decided to go to the race with the expectation of finishing, not setting a certain time.

It was a perfect morning, and a gorgeous day for an event. I picked up my friend and running partner Kara (I have a few running partners now) and we got to the park. While waiting we ran into Andy (another friend and running partner) and we started chatting about past and future events. Suddenly , a friendly voice from behind said “hello” and there was Jo-el! She and her husband were my trail blazing buddies from the ARL Dog Jog yesterday! It seems she remembered me mentioning the flapjack event, and decided to join us for the 5k portion! So after introductions were made, we headed up to the start line.

I think I did ok, even with tired and sore legs. I didn’t seem to loosen up until mile four, and that makes it hard to feel like you’re doing decently with that going on. I finished the 10k in 56:28, way behind Kara and Andy, but happy to cross the finish line. Jo-el finished her 5k with a great time and then we sat down to a pancake and sausage breakfast. Poor Andy had to skip breakfast and head to work, but it was great that we all got together on a beautiful Sunday morning.

So all in all a great day! Friends both old and new, a beautiful morning, a fun run, and pancakes! A great way to start anyone’s day!

Below are pictures of Jo-el, Kara, and myself at the event.

Live healthy, be happy!