my western nest.

Hurray! It’s a double-race weekend.

Jon and I are currently in Providence, RI, preparing for the Cox Providence half marathon. We had an amazing day of running at the first annual Running & Walking Well 5k in Beverly, MA.  A 5k was perfect for our marathon training: it wasn’t too long of a distance, but worked our legs in a hilly speed workout and it got us practice in a race atmosphere.

The race was organized by the parent church (Calvary Christian church) of our church in Salem, MA (Remix church).

According to the race Facebook page, “The Running Well Ministry at Calvary Christian Church wants to build at least one well in East Africa in conjunction with Africa Oasis Project.  The cost to build a well is over $5,000. One well can make the quality of life so much better for hundreds of children and adults.”

The turnout was about 200 runners/walkers, which is great for the first year! The course was beautiful: it wound through some beautiful littleNew England neighborhoods, it past the ocean, and it was a little hilly. The weather was absolutely perfect.

Jon finished first overall with 18:14. I ended up winning my age group (19-29), and I placed second overall for women with 21:00. I was so excited because I set my new 5k PR!

We had so much fun running with our friends, many of whom were first time 5k-ers! The event almost raised enough for 2 new wells, which is awesome! I have no doubt this event will continue for years to come, and I can’t wait to see it grow.

Now, onto the Cox Providence half tomorrow morning!






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