This month I participated in the Pacers Lost Dog 5K Series. It was a great community event held the first four Fridays evenings in August on the Bluemont Trail in Virginia. Unfortunately my schedule only allowed me to make the first two. The race itself was a quick out and back course on the trail. People ran with their dogs and some even “rented” one from the local animal shelter that the race sponsored. I didn’t run with one but I enjoyed time playing with the cute puppies at the end of the race.
Some of my coworkers ran as well and it was fun to spend time with them post-race at a fun restaurant called the Stray Cats Café (cute play on words). I ran my fastest 5Ks ever in my life—24:08 (19 out 200 participants at 7:46 pace) and 24:17 (16 out of 159 participants at 7:49 pace). Short distances can be pretty exhilarating and I had forgotten over the last few years how much fun testing yourself in a 5K can be!
I’m looking forward to next year’s series. Maybe I’ll have a dog by then…anyone have a suggestion on what type of dog makes the best running mate?