Another weekend and another 5k for the books. This Sunday my Dad and I ran the That Dam 5k in Grand Prairie! The past two years I’ve run that I’ve run race it held near the Lewisville Lake dam, hence the name, but due to excessive flooding the race was moved to the Joe Pool Lake area. Either way, 1500+ runners got together for a 5k and a half marathon in the name of puns and cursing! Kudos to the half marathoners who endured the humid weather on Sunday, I felt like I sweating every ounce of water my body could hold by the end of my 5k! Despite the very not-October temps, it was a fun way to spend a Sunday morning! Oh, and there were also piglets, but we’ll get to that later.
- Bubble Run 5k t-shirt (AKA Worst Fun Run Ever)
- Nike compression shorts (Similar)
- Sweaty Bands 13.1 headband (Similar)
- Race bib belt (Here)
- Apple Watch
- Saucony Kinvara 5 Runshield shoes (Here)
I ran past an animal farm (the cute kind, not the one you read in 11th grade) that featured baby pigs, shetland ponies, goats, and cows, so I was pretty happy. Sadly I wasn’t able to take any pictures, it seemed like the little farm was a ticket only entrance kind of scenario, and not free access for weird farm animal enthusiasts like myself. I was also happy that this road race was 100% flat, which was almost as great as running past the piglets. Almost, but not quite. The only downside was the turnaround loop, which is always a discouraging nightmare, especially when you see 6th grade cross country kids haulin’ it past you at an 8 minute mile. I already feel old enough, you don’t have to shove it in my face! (Side note: After looking at the results, I found that a seven year old finished this race in 26 minutes. Life is unfair sometimes.)
Despite it still being a little unreasonably humid for October down here, and some tightness in my calves (probably from running the day prior) for the first mile, I felt pretty great! I anxiously await for the short window of time during a Texas Autumn when I can run in crop leggings and t-shirt and hardly breat a sweat, but until then I’ll just continue looking like a wrung out dish towel after each race.
The festivities weren’t too lively after the run, but per usual Run Project protocal, Muscle Milk was there with free full sized bottles for participants (every time I get one I feel like an Eagleton resident from Parks & Rec), and there were plenty of vendors on deck with samples and info on upcoming local events!
Twas a dam good time had by all. It’ll be interesting to see what location they use next year, but as long as it’s a flat course and keep Dam in the name forever.