Hello and happy Monday! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend! I logged another run and participated (for the third year in a row!) in the Hotcake Hustle 5k this past Saturday. Hosted by my favorite running event series, Run Project, The Hotcake Hustle, took place in Addison, Texas in the Addison Circle Conference Circle. Run Project hosts a few races a year in this venue, but this race is particularly great thanks to the free pancake reward at the end! I’ll show up anywhere for free food, but when free breakfast food is involved I’ll do whatever it takes, case in point, run for an extended period of time.
The race kicked off at 8:30 am, I was ready to go in my new Saucony’s. It was pretty chilly in the morning. I dressed in full length tights, a long sleeve shirt, a light pullover, and a headband that covered my ears. In retrospect, I could have ditched the headband, but I’d rather be over prepared and sweaty than an icicle by mile one. As for the course, the route itself is not especially challenging. It is mapped to go out about a mile and half with a turn around, so you get the pleasure of watching the middle school cross country kids whizz past you with their 5 minute miles. Good for you, kid. However, with the route having a turnaround you do have the unfortunate pleasure of encountering the same incline twice as you cross over a bridge. But hey, hill work is good for you, right? We can ask my knees the same question in twenty years and see what the answer is then, but for now I’ll take the extra work.
At the end of the race (I still haven’t gotten ahold of my race results, but the clock read 35:46 when I crossed the finish line!) is the glorious pancake stand. Hosted by the Original Pancake House, two tents are set up with speedy pancake wizards (otherwise known as chefs) churning out batter and pancakes at a rapid pace. I made a bee line for the tent and anxiously awaited, until I finally got to the front and nabbed my breakfast.
My face reads “I could benefit from a few more hours of sleep” but also “especially exuberant over breakfast goods.” I would have hopped back in line (like a jerk), but by the time I inhaled my first two pancakes, the line to the tent was another 5k within itself. Oh well! I deem this another successful 5k for the books, and as long as it’s around, I’ll be in attendance!