On Saturday morning, May 9, 2015 my family and I ran the Appleton Sole Burner run in downtown Appleton, WI. The run is a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. We ran as part of my wife’s work team.
Lori and the kids actually did the 5K walk, but they ran/walked to a time of right around 42:00. That is pretty darn good for a 8 and 5 year old that have not run that far before. Also, the course is quite hilly! There is a significant hill right at the end before the finish line.
I started the race in between the 8:00 and 9:00 per mile paces. I figured I would take it easy since I had the half marathon the next weekend. At the start of the race, it was quite crowded. People did not obviously pay attention to the pace times or that we were on the running course because there were walkers in my way left and right.
I started running around the other runners (mostly walkers, but also some slower runners) and tried to get to some breathing room. When I finally looked at my watch I was running around 7:30 pace. I did not want to be running that fast, but at almost a mile in, I figured I might as well go for it.
As I said above, the course is quite hilly. The big hill at the end is pretty tough, but my training on the hills at High Cliff State Park helped carry me up the hills. I did have to hurdle some vomit at the top of the the hill from another runner though!
When all was said and done, I completed the course in 23:27. Not a PR, but given the terrain and traffic early, I was very happy with that! My time was actually good enough to put me in the top 200 finishers, and I was listed in the paper for that. Pretty cool overall and for a great cause!