Morgantown, West Virginia is my adopted hometown. While I didn't grow up there I did attend college and law school at West Virginia University, and my parents there now. Going back there always feels like going home. It's my happy place. I was fortunate this year to join my entire family (including all three of my siblings and their spouses and children) at my parents' house for the holiday. It's not too often that we're all in the same place, and I was counting my blessings.
On Thursday morning my husband and I headed to the WVU track for the start of the race. It was much colder than last year - temps in the 20s - but we were ready to go. The cold didn't appear to deter participants, and we started out on Morgantown's best course. Morgantown is an EXTREMELY hilly city, and I love running the hills in that town. This course, however, is perfect for those who aren't as enthusiastic about the hills. There is a solid mile down hill from the WVU Coliseum to Star City, WV on Monongalia Boulevard. The last two miles are on the flat Mon River Trail. For a hilly city, it's probably the flattest course that can be mapped.
|Me rocking the mock (with the Coliseum in the background)|
|Pre-race with the hubs. He loves it when I do this.|
My husband broke 30 minutes for the first time during a 5k, and I couldn't be more proud. It was a tough run (maybe because we split a bottle of wine the night before), but he gutted it out. The race finishes at the Seneca Center, home to Morgantown Running. There were a lot of spectators at the finish, and it was a great way to kick off the long holiday weekend.
After gorging myself on turkey and related Thanksgiving delights the following morning I ran my favorite three mile loop around WVU's Evansdale campus. As opposed to the turkey trot course it's one of the hilliest loops I can find, and it felt amazing. It felt so good, in fact, that I ran the first (and steepest hill) twice.
Despite my best intentions I only ran twice during my time at home. I did, however, spend quality time with friends and family. This week it's back to my regular running schedule. I've got some of my mom's delicious banana nut bread to run off.