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Run Me Home 5k Race Review

10 May

One day, I will actually post a race review within a respectable time frame. Today is not that day. But hey, I’m still under the two-week mark, so, win!

I loved this race. There. Review over. Thanks for reading.

Kidding! But, in all seriousness, this was a fantastic race. It was my first 5K (why, yes. I have run 3 half-marathons, a marathon and a relay race without ever having run a 5K. Good life choices, people!), and my only real hope was to finish and not embarrass myself too badly (speed demon, I am not).

I’ve avidly avoided 5ks throughout my short running career for a two reasons. One, I simply prefer longer distances. But two, I’m not fast. I am certainly faster than I was a year ago, but I get a little rage-y when I read posts by bloggers saying things like “OMG, such a slow day today. I could only run 7:30 miles”. Excuse me? You could manage only  7:30 miles? Quiet, you. If I all-out sprint I can reach that sort of pace. Jealous, much? Totally not at all. Not jealous at all.

But it was the teacher’s first race and try as I might I could not convince him that a half-marathon makes a great first race. So 5K it was. I hit up runwashington.com, a great resource for races in the DC area, and 10.2 seconds later we were registered for the Run Me Home 5K.

Packet Pick-Up

We picked up our packets on the Friday before the race. Packet pick-up was held at a small, local running store in the area. The process was a breeze. Because it was a smaller race, there only 2-3 people in line ahead of us.

Swag

Smaller races typically don’t have the major swag that larger races can acquire. This race still had nice, albeit cotton t-shirts (in yellow, my favorite color!), and a few coupons to local restaurants.

Start

We didn’t arrive until just before the start, so I can’t say much about the entertainment. They had enough porta-potties to manage the number of runners participating. Even with 5 minutes to go before the start I was able to grab one without waiting in line.

The event had three races. A 10K, which started first, a 5K, and kid’s fun run to wrap it up. The start was a free-for-all, but as the race was smaller it wasn’t too bad. If we had arrived earlier we would have been in a better starting position, but as we arrived with just a few minutes to spare we ended up towards the back of the start and spent the first few minutes weaving around those who were walking.

Course

The course was lovely. It started at an elementary school in Leesburg so you spent the first 3/4 of a mile on the road. The course then wended its way to one of my favorite places to run, the W&OD Trail. The race organizers did a wonderful job blocking off traffic while we were running on the road so you never felt unsafe. It was a semi-out-and-back course. You turned around on the W&OD Trail (probably around mile 2 or 2.25) but once we exited the trail the last 1/4 mile ran up a different road to the finish (start line and finish line were in the space spot).

Finish Line

For a smaller race, this one had a fantastic finish area. Plenty of food options (bananas, donuts, danishes), water, and freebies. There was also a trivia game taking place, but we didn’t partake. The party atmosphere was definitely in place and I wish we had stuck around a bit longer.

Photography

I know photos don’t matter to everyone, but as this was the teacher’s first race I was really hoping for a couple of good shots. The race photographers delivered. They had quite a few photographers (at the start, on the course, at the finish), and we ended up with some great shots including this gem:

StartLine1

Overall, this was a great little local race (and the entry fee was quite reasonable!) If they host it again next year, I’ll be back to run it!

 

Any DC-area runners, if you’re looking for an upcoming 5K I’m serving as a race director for the Save the Trail! 5K on Saturday, May 25 and would love to see you out there! If you’re interested, you can register here. I promise I’m not too awkward in real life. Ok, I actually can’t make that promise…I’m pretty awkward.

Any favorite race memories?

What was the distance of your first race?

‘Fess It Up Friday

22 Jul

So, I missed this last week. My bad. I was quite sad about not posting a ‘Fess It Up Friday because these are typically my favorite posts to write. I must harbor some kind of exhibitionist tendencies.

1) I really, really want to sign up for the Crystal City Twilighter 5K tomorrow night but it would be a bad idea for several reasons:

  • It would be my first 5K
  • I don’t run fast and 5Ks are fast. The people who run them are speedy
  • It will be a bazillion and one degrees
  • Because it will be a bazillion and one degrees I might have to crawl to the finish
  • The race fee is $40. That seems high for a 5K
  • I have a previous engagement that I am supposed to attend, but if I time everything right I could probably pull it off

BUT…

  • I haven’t raced in over a month
  • I really want to try the 5K distance
  • Katie is running it and she is awesome. It would be like celebrity sighting. An Ironman celebrity sighting
  • I would get another cool race shirt
  • If I don’t race soon, I might start challenging strangers on the road to races

This is obviously a life or death situation. I have to register soon if I want to run it. Maybe I should go make a pro/con list.

2) I have a ridiculous scar on my chin. It doesn’t happen much anymore, but when I was younger people would come up to me and go “Woah, what happened?”

I was nine, we were in New Zealand, out on a boat to watch dolphins. I wasn’t holding on to anything, because I was a complete genius at nine years old (just like I am now). We hit a wave, I toppled forward, sliced my chin open on the metal thingy (that is the proper name for it!) that they tie the rope around and then put my two top front teeth through my lip. We were an hour from land and my mom had to use a random person’s bottle of Gatorade to try to stop the bleeding.

I had nine stitches, was given enough pills to kill a horse, bandaged up and sent on my merry way. The end.

3) Yesterday, in zillion degree heat, I went to Starbucks and ordered a soy misto. Then I went back to my ice box of an office and drank it. It was delicious.

4) I was extremely rude to someone the other day. It was one of those days where every single person stopped to ask how tall I was. This one lady had no idea she would  be the straw that broke the camel’s back. She was rather large and wearing a fanny pack and stopped me while I was striding down the street, and said “My goodness, you are really very tall.” I turned to her and said, “Well, you are really very fat.”

I felt somewhat badly afterward, but seriously people, it’s not unusual to see tall women these days. Get over it.

5) I will never understand why people think Matthew Mcconaughey is hot. I feel like he never grew out of the frat boy stage.

6) I take walk breaks when I run. There I admitted it. For some reason I feel like this is often a dirty little secret for runners. But honestly, I would never make it through my long runs or tough runs without walk breaks. Judge me if you must but I will continue to take them!

7) I cannot remember the last time I paid full-price for an article of clothing. My entire wardrobe comes either from the sale rack or the thrift store. Also, I have a LOT of clothes. As in they take up an entire walk-in closet, a dresser and some boxes under the bed.

8 ) Marathon training is leading to mindless consumption of the following: cereal, especially Puffins, waffles, pretzels, froyo, more froyo, and peanut butter. I should probably eat some broccoli or an apple or something.

9) I’m not sure I really like Google+. Maybe I just haven’t spent enough time with it, but it feels like I’m cheating on Facebook and Twitter. Plus you have to be invited to join. What is this? Skull and Bones?

Go Like Stuff

Take five seconds and head on over to digitalrunning.com and “like” my column. I’m trying to win their competition so I can pretend to be famous.

Take another five seconds and go like my newly created Facebook page. If you do, you’ll be able to watch the ridiculous video of me jumping out of an airplane (later today, I’m lazy and have to load it) because I cannot figure out how to load it onto the blog. Plus it will make me feel like I have friends. Everyone knows it’s not your real friends that count, it’s your Facebook friends.

Please do not stop reading my blog because of that video, I was so terrified I’m amazed as I was able to retain my grasp on the English language.

Questions

How are you surviving this vicious heat wave? Sprinklers? Ice baths? Living inside your freezer?

Anyone else have a ridiculous scar with a story behind it? Do share!