Hi friends! Hope you’re enjoying your Sunday!

A few weeks ago I was invited to run the Viking 5K, a local race to raise money for the high school booster club…of course I jumped at the offer! I love racing close to home. It makes things so much easier!

The race started at 8 a.m. yesterday morning, with registration and pick-up opening at 7:00. I woke up at 6:30 to temperatures in the 30’s. Yikes! My knee was really tight so I told myself I would just take it easy.

Prerace fuel, though I only ate half of the bagel…


really could have used some hot coffee…


I needed to get a long run in so I packed up my fuel belt and a change of clothes so that I could just stop at my parent’s house afterwards and head out for some extra mileage post race. By the time I was heading out it had warmed up a little bit to perfect running temps.

The race was held at the high school and was really well-organized…plenty of parking close by and lots of room at the start!


I walked up to the table and was handed a packet with my race bib, safety pins, t-shirt, and some goodies! Food is always a good thing. Winking smile


The course was downhill for the first two miles and uphill for the last mile…I was dreading the hill but it actually wasn’t too bad! I finished at 28:52 and was happy with that.


Some post-race shots…

Professional timing…


I loved that they had times listed immediately…


Food and water…


Another great perk of a local race…friends!! Smile


Darci, Chanel, and Nicole…great job girls!! You all rocked it!

Overall it was an awesome event and I hope it becomes an annual thing! You could tell that it was organized by runners! Smile

Disclaimer: I received free race admission in exchange for writing about this event. As always, any opinions expressed on Will Run for Food are honest and my own.

I hung out at the race for a little while and then headed out. I dropped my car off, filled up my fuel belt, removed my bib, and set out on a 7-mile loop. It had a nice mix of hills and flat areas and the temps were hovering in the 60’s. Perfection. My knee was still bothering me a little but I didn’t notice it after the first mile. 10 miles complete, sans music! I finished up in about an hour and 44 minutes (including my time and mileage from the race).

Very thankful for an unheated pool afterwards!!



And snacks…


And some furry company (Max).


It was a great running day!! I’m feeling a little more confidant for my upcoming half marathon. Only two weeks left!