Hey there strangers! I’m back after an impromptu mini blog break, due mostly in part to a wonky work schedule, and gearing up for a fresh new blog makeover! Not much is new on my end, so don’t feel like you’ve missed out on anything. The only new thing in my life is the obscene amount of fall decor I’ve purchased from Michael’s, me trying my best to tap into my inner Martha Stewart and make my apartment look less like it did last Fall, as if a craft store just straight up vomited in my living room, and then carelessly walked away from the mess, and more tasteful. I’m still adding touches here and there, so when I’m done and confident that it doesn’t look a child haphazardly put it together, I’ll share some pics with the rest of you! Until then though, I’ve got a race recap to share! It’s been a minute since I’ve shared a race recap on the blog, mostly because the 5Ks dried up for the month of August, and I was just logging normal runs on my weekends and it didn’t have much to share. This past weekend though my Dad and I ran possibly the cutest 5K possible, the Run for Retrievers 5K, and y’all I think I have a new favorite race! This race benefited the DFW Labrador Retriever Rescue Club, and there were so many dogs accompanying their owners both on the course, and in the post race festivities! I’ll warn you now, I mostly just took pictures of dogs at this race, and failed to get a picture of my race day #OOTD, but honestly, wouldn’t you rather look a golden retriever than my sweaty post race face? Exactly.
- Electric Run 5k t-shirt.
- Nike compression shorts (Similar)
- Nike headband (Similar)
- Apple Watch
- Saucony Kinvara 5 Runshield shoes (Here)
- Race bib belt (Here)
We had a bit of a late start as that morning a small patch of rain swept through the area, so a rain delay kept us from starting on time, but I’m always more than happy to have more time to stretch and hang around, so I wasn’t too upset! The race wove through Frisco Square, which is essentially like most old downtown squares, so we circled around Frisco’s city hall, library, and business centers. It took place entirely on the road, but unfortunately featured my least favorite kind of course feature, an out and back loop (and I’ll be first to say this is not the race director’s fault, I know you gotta just work with the space provided). I just hate loops like that because nothing is more discouraging than completing a portion of a race, and then turning around and realizing you have to do the whole thing over again, not to mention seeing all of the ultra fast runners coming up past on you on the turnaround. Does anyone else feel discouraged on courses like that? Or am I just being irrational? Thankfully though the course was entirely flat, and the only obstacles we came across were small puddles that had collected during the previous night’s rain.
I felt a little sluggish due to the humidity, but I had so much fun seeing all of the dogs running with their owners (Side note: I would have brought my dog, but she is fairly shy and doesn’t enjoy large crowds (just like me!) so I thought it best to keep her at home) that it kept me entertained the whole time! I moved at a comfortable pace because I was planning on a long run the next day (which ended up not happening thanks to a mild bout of food poisoning. Blech!), so I clocked in at a little past 37 minutes. Not my best time, but who cares when you’re just there to look at dogs?!
After the race there were several booths set up benefiting local dog rescue groups, a Dog Kissing Booth (SO cute), and small vendors offering free samples! My Dad and I didn’t stay too long, as we were both melting because of the humidity, but we walked away with some water bottles, and they even offered bananas and apples to race finishers! I’m always so happy to see fruit at the end of the finish line rather than some weird granola bar that requires shark teeth to bite into and only leaves crumbs anywhere. (You know which granola bar I’m talking about, NATURE MADE)
I’m so happy this race didn’t get rained out and everyone got to participate! I will definitely return for it next year. Maybe I can work with my dog on her social skills so she can run in it next year? If not I’ll just find the Poochi I got for Christmas in 4th grade and take it instead.