Hello, and happy Wednesday! I would have had this post up on Monday, but I had super frustrating experience with WordPress this weekend, and my blog was totally inaccessible for nearly 72 hours! I’ll touch on that later this week with a super fun rant, but until then let’s focus on things less stressful, like running and zoo animals! This past Saturday my dad, my friend, Stefan, and I all ran the Fort Worth Zoo 5k! Our race registration also included a free ticket to the zoo, so after the race we hung out with wildlife for a couple of hours! While the zoo trip was fun, I can’t say the race itself was great. The race was packed, so much so, that I think it really could have benefited from a corral situation, or at least releasing participants in waves. Just my two cents. Enough my complaints though, let’s get into it!
What I Wore:
- I Survived Giraffe Watch – April the Giraffe T-Shirt (Here)
- Nike Tempo Shorts (Here)
- Race bib belt (Here)
- Garmin Forerunner 10 (Here)
- Momentum Jewelry Motivate Wrap (Here)
- Leisure Loops Bracelet (Here)
- Brooks Running Hat (Similar)
- Saucony Kinvara 6 (Here)
Normally I’d post a course map here from my Garmin, but the darn thing died on me before I even completed mile one! Oh well. Albeit a little hilly, this was a relatively easy course! It took place on the ritzy side of Fort Worth, so unlike *cough* Dallas *cough* the roads are evenly paved, and there isn’t any tripping and falling hazards. The route wove through a neighborhood adjacent to the TCU campus, and then cut through the Fort Worth Zoo! I ran past zebras, flamingos, and my personal favorites, elephants and giraffes!
How I Felt:
While the course difficulty was minimal, the challenge of skirting around the thousands of race participants was a whole other challenge itself. Looking back, I feel as if 80% of the race was spent trying to get around herds of people walking side by side (two to three is okay, but SIX? People, come on), little kids, and strollers. Per usual race etiquette, walkers, kids, and strollers are to steer to the right hand side of the course, whereas this race felt like a free for all! Both my Dad and Stefan noted that it felt is if runners were the weird ones for actually running, and runners attempting to politely get past walkers were met with a lot of unwarranted mean looks. What gives, Fort Worth?!
Our post race activity was making use of our free entry pass to the zoo! We spent a good almost two hours checking out the animals, and thankfully were accompanied with pleasant walking weather, and in a stark contrast to the race, zero crowds! Most of the animals all seemed to be in nap mode, but with the cloudy weather that hung above us Saturday morning, I don’t blame them for having a lazy day. Side note: which zoo animal do you wish you could successfully (and humanely) domesticate as a pet? Mine is a tiger.
What is your favorite animal at the zoo?