Hello, and happy Monday! I hope you are all coming back from a great weekend! This past Saturday my Dad and I ran the Dash Down Greenville 5k (our fourth year in a row!) in Dallas! For those who don’t know, Dallas puts on an insane St. Patrick’s Day parade every year, but before the drunken festivities kick off, runners have a chance to log a 5k before they decide to day drink. My Dad and I pretty boring and never stick around for the parade, but in our defense, unless you want to day drink, there’s not much else to do. That being said though, the drunk people watching situation is terrific, and always makes for a good time!
What I Wore:
- 2015 Dash Down Greenville 5k T-Shirt
- 2016 Too Hot to Handle 5k Hat
- Nike Pro Compression shorts (Here)
- Saucony Kinvara 5 Runshield shoes (Here)
- Race bib belt (Here)
- Garmin Forerunner 10 (Here)
- Momentum Jewelry Motivate Wrap (Here)
- Run ID Bracelet (Here)
My Dad and I took the train into Dallas (because LOL at the parade parking situation), and arrived about a half hour before the 8 am start time. There’s not to much to do or see before the race, so it was the perfect amount of time to stretch and hang out before it was time to go. Identical to last year’s course, this year race participants took to Lower Greenville in Dallas, to go through the street, and down an adjacent neighborhood. All is well until you hit a major hill shortly after mile two, but other than that, it is smooth sailing! Despite the large turnout, the race didn’t feel congested with runners, and I didn’t feel like I was always about to trip over someone. Also, the drunk spectators were super cool, offering high-fives, posterboard signs, and Jell-O shots at mile two!
How I Felt:
Thankfully Dallas was blessed with cooperative temps in the low 60’s, and little winds! It’s hard to believe last year I was layering shirts, and bundled up as could be, and this year I was donning shorts and a t-shirt! That’s probably a global warming argument for another day, but I can’t say I was mad about running in terrific springtime weather!
This is the first year my Dad and I bothered to stick around and wait in line for our free beer. Neither of us are big beer drinkers, but we both felt with it being great weather, and partaking in the festivities, it would be silly to turn down a free beer. The downside was that our free beer was Amstel Light, with a taste that I can only describe as “river water”, so those beers were tossed after a couple of sips. Aside from beer, there were several vendors on deck, and plenty of people watching to partake in before we boarded our train back into town!
I’m now officially in the holiday mood for St. Patrick’s Day, but better yet, my half marathon next Sunday! Shout out to the 2017 calendar for allowing St. Patrick’s Day to fall on a Friday this year!