It’s the most
wonderful basic time of year! In the name of Fall drinks, pretending to look cozy for the sake of Instagram, and flannel, the best autumnal race of the season, the Pumpkin Spice 5k/10k/15k took place this past Saturday! I ran with my dad, and my best friend, Stefan, and the three of us opted for the 5k route. Upon waking up Saturday morning I found that Fall really decided to show up as it was 40 degrees outside! I had dig through some of my unearthed winter clothes to find the right apparel, so my race day #OOTD, without even trying, ended up being almost piece for piece the exact outfit I wore for the same race last year. Way to go, me!
- Hot Chocolate 5k Pullover
- Long sleeve t-shirt (from an older 5k) underneath
- Full length leggings (Similar)
- Apple Watch
- Saucony Kinvara 5 Runshield shoes (Here)
This was the same course as last year’s race, as well as similar to the Run Project Oktoberfest 5k, and the Run Project One Ale of A Trail. The race began on the road, and shortly transitioned into a paved sidewalk trail that weaves through Trinity River and Panther Island Pavilion near downtown Fort Worth. It’s an entirely flat course, with the only minor inclines encountered are crossing over small bridges. The best news is that it is shaped as a loop, and there was only one small portion of the run where you had do a turn around and come back the way you started. I personally hate having to do a turn around during a race, but that’s mostly because I hate seeing 7th cross country kids beating my time by a full 15 minutes. Oh to be 12 and have enough energy to circle all the old folks around you for days.
Despite a bitter chill early in the morning, once the run started the weather was perfect! Sun-shiney, and crisp breeze that kept me cool despite my layers. I had started off wearing an over the ear headband at the beginning of the race, but removed it about a half mile in because it no longer seemed necessary. Much like last year, it’s hard to tell from the above photo, but I was doused with “pumpkin spice” (i.e. orange corn starch) around the 2.5 mile mark. Next year I really need to remember to wear white so it shows up in the photo!
All of the post race activities took place in “The Shack” an event venue positioned right off the course. There were several vendors, a live band, pumpkin flavored beers, baked goods, and coffee! I ended up only grabbing a chocolate flavored muscle milk, as I’m not a huge coffee fan and didn’t feel like any desserts, but it was still a lot of fun! I mostly just hung around with my Dad and Stefan while they enjoyed their coffee. Stefan used to work as a Starbucks barista, so I mostly just asked him questions about what certain drinks says about a person’s personality. Apparently my Dad “knows what he wants” and has it together with his dark roast order, whereas my London Fog with coconut milk alludes to me being pretentious and a jerk for ordering off the menu. Thanks, Stefan! (However this was quickly debunked as the London Fog is actually on the menu. Ha!)
What a great way to wrap up the Fall season (as it’s about to be all Christmas all the time the second Thanksgiving ends) with this race. Next up on the race agenda for me is the Dallas YMCA Turkey Trot 8 mile on Thanksgiving Day, and then a few Christmas themed races next month!
Do you have any upcoming themed races?