- Run Project Oktoberfest 5k t-shirt
- Nike compression shorts (Similar)
- Sweaty Bands 13.1 headband (Similar)
- Apple Watch
- Saucony Kinvara 5 Runshield shoes (Here)
This course could not have made me feel more nostalgic if it tried. The starting line began right off of Fry Street, and wove throughout the front half of campus, where the majority of the dorm buildings are located. I ran past the dorm I lived in my freshman year, the gym where I ran my very first mile senior year of college, past the library where I would pretend to study, and then wound back on the street where I celebrated my 21st birthday (and every other Thursday-Sunday of my senior year of college..). I had managed to forget that the UNT campus is relatively hilly, so that wasn’t so fun, but I’ll forgive it since it’s my school and I love it so much. Shout out to 2008 to 2012 Mallory who walked those hills back and forth each day in flats. Why did I do that? No really, why?
On a personal level? Emotional. As a runner? Fine I guess, with the exception of the hills. I loved being back in Denton, and being back on campus so I wasn’t too concerned with my performance…not to mention I did stop a couple times to take some photos. However, the best part, and quite frankly the most UNT thing that could happen, was being surprised by a stranger dressed a T-Rex that popped up from time to time on the course. I’m not sure if this person was even registered as either a runner, or a race day volunteer, but man if I didn’t laugh hysterically each time I saw them.
Had I not been a moron and left my license at home, I could have partaken in all of the beer festivities, but in classic Mallory fashion of course I had to take the moron route. I did however pick up a free beer stein, a race medal that also opens as a beer opener, and I swapped drinking for walking around and seeing more of the campus. There were tons of people out and about for the festival, and whoever was in charge of the music deserves a pay raise because it went from Sugar Ray, to Mark Morrison (“RETURRRRRN OF THE MACK!”), to Skee-Lo. It’s possible they may have stolen my iPod for the event.
Needless to say, I’ll definitely be doing this race again next year. Speaking of racing, I’ve got 5k’s every weekend from now until the end of the month, so I hope you’re ready for a race recap every Monday. If not, just come back Wednesday for your regularly scheduled programming of book reviews or rants! Until then, I’ll leave you with this question:
Have you ever felt personally victimized by a stranger in an inflatable T-Rex costume?