Another last minute race! This race made 5 races in 5 weekends in September! I took (and completed!) a 6 week running class and our coach suggested this race as a goal race. Another running class friend and I took her up on the suggestion and registered for this race kinda last minute.
The goal race was a 5K that was taking place in conjunction with Murphy Maize Days – a fall festival with music, vendors, food, etc. It started off in a local high school football STADIUM. Side note: It still amazes me how football is king in Texas. The race started on a track, passed the school, into a preserve and into a neighborhood and back. There was a DJ and plenty of stadium seating for the spectators. I liked that the husband and son had some seating and music to listen to while I was running. Afterwards, we took our son to the festival so this race had a little something for everyone.
The goal for this race was to come in thirty minutes or less. Emphasis on the “or less” part. I wanted to finally (finally, finally) sub 30 a 5K. I wasn’t sure if this was the right race to do it or if the weather was still a little bit too warm and humid for that – but all worked out, and I squeaked in a sub 30 run and came in fifth in my age group.
High lights: Finally doing that sub 30 run!
Low lights: way too many kids “running” this race. I love seeing kids out there and I always marvel how fast they are, but they made this race a bit more challenging for me because a lot of kids were doing the sprint really fast then just stop thing. I almost took out a kid because one stopped right in front of me. I think it took a lot more energy for me to go around them. I started way back at the starting line so that was my fault. I don’t belong in the front of the starting line, but waaaaay back (unless I’m with the stroller) is probably not the best spot either. Race and learn.
Race Swag: cotton t-shirt with a giant running corn cob (jealous?). Some samples and coupons from race sponsors.
Post Race Eats: Frozen yogurt (I LOVE ICE CREAM AFTER RUNS! HAHA), chicken sandwiches (I think), granola bars,bananas and water. Breakfast with my running class friend, the husband and son at Corner Bakery.
Miracle Mile: a little kid taking a tumble and a bunch of people stopping to make sure he was ok (he was!).