So, let me tell you a bit about trying to run in a 5K in my hometown. My university gets the whole week of Thanksgiving off, so I plan on heading to my hometown the Thursday beforehand, since I don't teach on either Thursday or Friday. After doing a google search of 5Ks in or around my hometown (runnersworld.com is great for this as well), I found that there is a 5K in a township near my hometown on Saturday, November 22nd. AWESOME. I can race in that, and then not have to worry about my turkey/pumpkin roll obsession on the 27th. I email the contact dude, and this is the response I get: "Sure, I'll send you the registration packet, BUT the race is on the 8th NOT the 22nd." Hmm... curious, not what runnersworld.com said to me. So I send him the link, just so he knows that his name, email address, and November 22nd are linked up somewhere in the internets and his response again: "Hmm... that link isn't working for me." At this point I want to scream at him through the computer screen!!! Don't be an idiot! It worked for me! It worked for my cousin who said she would run the race with me! A few days later, I double check on it. It now says November 8th. Hmm.
So, where does that leave me? There is another "turkey trot" in my hometown the Saturday AFTER Thanksgiving. It's at 9AM on the day that I usually do my five hour drive back to the university where I teach. And no, I don't want to be on the road on the Sunday after Thanksgiving. I remember having issues when I was in college, sitting for an hour, waiting for two interstates to merge nicely. No, thank you. So, the race on the 29th is out for me.
Which leads me to the race that I now have my eye on. It's the last 5K in my university town... at the beginning of December. I really didn't want to wait that long to race, but it's either that or wait until the spring. I definitely know that I'll be ready for a December race, and it will be something doable, as it's the Saturday before finals, which means there really won't be anything on my (grading) plate. So, there you have it. I'm adding another ticker to the top of my page to help me count down to my first 5K! I think it will be great to get this done at the end of this year, since really, this is the first calendar year that I've been active in a looooooooong time!