I love the Reindeer Dash for Cash. It is Greenville, NC’s biggest race with over 1000 runners. There is a 10 miler and a 5k race and the proceeds go to scholarships in honor of Captain Chris Cash who died while serving our country in the national guard. It is a great race for a great cause.
I was worried the night before that I wouldn’t be able to race. I had a very sore throat and a low grade fever. Luckily, with some Zicam and Ricola along with hot tea and honey my throat started feeling better and although still sore I felt okay to race today.
Aaron and I ran this race last year (it was his first race) and we were excited to run it again this year. We picked up our packets on Saturday so we didn’t have to get to the race too early. We still arrived an hour early and walked a loop around the park as a warm up. I found a few faces I recognized (hi Maureen and Julie!) and spent awhile talking before race time.
We lined up after the 10 milers took off and at 1:15 we were off! The race winds through downtown and them makes a big circle before ending in the downtown park by the river. The course is hilly. In fact, most of it is uphill! There is a slight downhill area at the end but otherwise it seems there is a slight elevation the entire time.
We kept a steady 11 min/mile pace through the first 1.5 miles. Then we hit a big hill and my neck was killing me! I am so sick of this stupid neck pain! I had to walk several times to make the pain go away. After we hit 2.5 miles I decided to just run through the pain. I got ahead of Aaron and ended up crossing the finish line 20 seconds ahead of him. My time was 36:32 (edited to add: on the official website my chip time was 36:13 which is closer to what my iphone app said). Faster than last year but not a PR for me!
My thigh was stinging a little afterwards (recurrent problem but I haven’t experienced it in awhile). I rested a few minutes and then we ate some good food. Bruegger’s soup, papa johns pizza, Sheetz sandwiches and Krispy Kreme doughnuts. Yum!
This is one of our favorite races. I look forward to doing it again next year!