This race was really a last minute decision for me. With Warrior Dash being moved from May 4th to April 13th, it conflicted with Boulder Dash, which was the first official 5k that I ever ran. Part of me wanted to run it, but the other part wasn’t sure how my body would handle two races in one day. I asked J if his company was a sponsor this year, and he got me all signed up. Oh boy…here goes nothing!
I did my normal night before the race routine and laid out my clothes…only this time I had two sets ready to go -
I decided to also include the “Running Over Battens” virtual run with the Boulder Dash. I ran those 3.1 miles for little miss Olivia!
This race starts about a mile from our house and had a start time of 9 a.m., so it was nice not to have to get up super early to go run! I believe I left the house at 8 so I would have enough time to park, get my number, and hang out.
I was missing my running buddies at the race this year! Ali, Sharon, and Shannon, I wish you were here!
I still had some time to kill so I walked around a bit, listened to the DJ, ate my pre-race bar, and stretched. My quads were still a little sore from Crossfit so I was trying to stretch out as much as I could.
I learned last year that this race doesn’t have a timing mat at the beginning of the race, so I got as close to the front as I could without imposing on the faster runners.
The race started a few minutes late but nothing major. I always stay to the right for my run/walk intervals. I haven’t been consistently running since the Publix half, so I wasn’t sure how well I would do. We went up Ronald Reagan Parkway and made our way into the quarry. It’s a gravel road, which I’m not a huge fan of since I’m always afraid of twisting my ankle or knee, but I made it out okay. Saw this cute sign as we entered -
This race was not a good one for me. My still sore quads combined with rocks in my shoes and not constantly training caused me to do more walking than I normally would have. I was 2 minutes slower than last year!!! I was soooo incredibly mad at myself, but at the same time it’s my own fault. We live and learn from our races.
Once I finished, I gave them my chip off my bib and made my way up to the water station, which was being manned by J’s company, Hansgrohe. I knew a couple of the guys that were working it so I stopped to say hello and then chatted with his boss for a few. Ran up to get my race shirt and hurried to my car…I had to get home and changed for my next race – Warrior Dash! Little did I realize that my not so great race day was going to get worse…look for that recap later this week!
Have you ever done worse in a race that you’ve run before?
Until next time,