Happy Tuesday, friends! I’m here to share another race recap from the Watermelon Dash 5k hosted by Run Project this Saturday, that for my Dad and I was the 5k that almost wasn’t! Despite leaving well over an hour before the start time, my Dad and I hit some horrendous traffic on the way to the race that almost kept us from participating! Thankfully Run Project got word of the traffic, as several participants were stuck on the same highway, and extended the start time by fifteen minutes, and kept the start line open longer for any other late runners. My Dad and I made it to the start line with barely two minutes to spare, so because of this I missed a few photo ops, as well as a map of the course, so I apologize! Also, I touch on it a little later in the recap, but the night before the race Jake and I had gone to see Blink-182 at an outdoor concert venue and I don’t think I have ever sweat so much in my entire life. I did a poor job re-hydrating when we got home (I literally walked through the door, took a shower, ate a waffle (why?), and then went to bed), so the next day I felt very sluggish and had trouble pushing myself throughout the race. Poor performance aside, the race was a lot of fun, and I very much enjoyed the atmosphere, and Run Project being so accommodating with the start time!
What I Wore:
- DIY Workout Tank (Followed these instructions)
- Nike Compression Shorts (Here)
- Sweaty Bands headband (Similar)
- Saucony Kinvara 5 Runshield shoes (Here)
- Bib belt (Similar)
- Apple Watch
Here is where I would normally include a race map, however I didn’t have time to start my RunKeeper app before the “3..2…1!” start went off, so we’ll never know! Well actually we do know, because the course wove through a local neighborhood, park, and the McKinney High school, so it was a 100% road race. A few inclines here and there, which due to the heat and the fact that I was very dehydrated from having sweating buckets the night before, I chose to walk.
How I Felt:
Not great. I always feel a little let down if I can’t run the entirety of a race, especially a 5k, but I have to remind myself that Texas summers are brutal, and blacking out isn’t worth the PR. Also, it was totally worth sweating through what felt like 50 Bikram yoga classes to see Blink-182 the night before.
We didn’t stay long after the race since we were grabbing breakfast with my Grandma, but we did manage to snag our free slice of watermelon before we left! After this photo was taken I took a few bites, then went to take another photo and dropped it. I felt like that kid during the Step by Step intro, except I don’t have a step brother to swipe another watermelon from. Though it’s my fault for being Gen Y and having to document every waking moment of my life.
I’m so glad I didn’t miss this race! Any opportunity to get free watermelon is ideal for me. Hindsight being 20/20 maybe I should do a better job of hydrating post concert and pre race, but given that I saw a girl leave the Blink-182 concert being propped up Weekend At Bernie’s style because she was so drun and unable to walk, I could have made worse decisions.