Today was the 30th–and the final–Chuy’s Hot to Trot 5K, so it was with mixed emotions that we lined up
down at the end of Lonely Street at the start this morning. Chuy’s was my first 5K back in 2011, and I’ve run it faster every year. The course travels within two blocks of the house I grew up in, so I have all kinds of memories tied to this event and I look forward to it every year. But earlier this spring, Chuy’s announced it would be the final race.
Today we were a ragtag crew. Last Sunday I ran a sluggish, humid 10K, and I’d had an exhausting week full of bad eating. I really only ran twice during the week–neither had a whole lotta shakin’ going on. And M is still recovering from a foot injury. He figured he’d try it, but since he hadn’t run in months, he wasn’t expecting much. B woke up on the wrong side of the bed this morning and growled at everyone for the first hour he was awake. But the temperature was in the 60s at the start, so it could have been worse.
I ran into a couple of Rogues before the race, and we warmed up together before the five of us walked over to the starting area. Then Elvis blared the starting horn and we were off.
I hadn’t gone 25 feet when I dodged my first walkers. I still don’t get why people who know they’re going to walk–they’re wearing
blue suede shoes jeans shorts, for crying out loud–line up at the front. But there they were.
The course is mostly flat, with a slight uphill just past the first mile marker that you get back before the mile two marker. The biggest challenge of the third mile is the direction–we run due east, into the sun, and as it’s Texas in May, the earlier 60-degree temperature had left the building. Even so, I ran a textbook negative split, pushing hard that last mile. I fell short of a PR, but my finishing time was by far the fastest I’ve run on this course–I beat last year’s then-PR time by more than three minutes. And it was easily 15 minutes faster than the first time I ran this race. So it was a fitting way to end the series for me.
Thank you. Thank you very much, Chuy’s Hot to Trot 5K. I will remember you fondly.