In a stark contrast to last week, I actually have a blog to return back to this Monday! May the Blog Blackout of 2017 never find it’s way back here again. Now that I can actually post on a Monday, let’s resume my go-to Monday post with a race recap, shall we? This past Saturday, my dad, and my friend, Brittany, all ran the One Ale of A Trail 5 mile race in Fort Worth! The race also had a ten mile option, but we thought best to just keep it chill with five. The weather was absolutely ideal, with the exception of some headwinds (I had several almost RIP Hat moments), which made for a great day to run!
What I Wore:
- Fort Worth Zoo 5k T-Shirt (Recap here)
- Nike Compression Shorts (Here)
- Garmin Forerunner 10 (Here)
- Momentum Jewelry Motivate Wrap (Here)
- Leisure Loops Bracelet (Here)
- Brooks Running Hat (Similar)
- Saucony Kinvara 6 (Here)
Thankfully, this was the same exact course as last year, so nothing felt unfamiliar or weird! While the race isn’t a true “trail” race in the sense that you are going through dirt, mud, or heavy debris, the majority of the course took place on loose gravel, which I’ll gladly take because it’s less of a mess, and I can still get away with wearing my Saucony Kinvara sneakers! Terrain aside, the entirety of the course wove alongside the the Trinity River, and the fancy-pants side of Fort Worth skyline! Anyone from the area known Fort Worth is broken up into parts: fancy side of downtown, the (putting it politely) not so fancy side of downtown, the stockyards, and TCU. I’m still waiting on a stockyards themed 5k, but I’m happy to run the fancy side of FW any day!
How I Felt:
If we aren’t taking weekend races into consideration, I’m taken a mini break from running, and have been opting for different workouts other than treadmill training. I think maybe it was equal parts burnout after my half marathon, and being a little bored, but I felt so great during and after this race, that I feel like it reignited my spark for running, and I’m ready to get back to the dread…I mean, treadmill! My goal was to wrap it up in under an hour, and I did just that with a time of 58:16! I really think that had the course been a regular road race (and entirely flat) I could have maybe gotten it in at 55 minutes. New PR goal, perhaps?
The second theme to this race (the first being trail) is beer, but given that I’m not a big drinker, or really a drinker at all anymore, I didn’t go for the free beer at the end, but I did score a free full size Muscle Milk and a banana! They also had yogurt cups, and plenty of water on hand! We didn’t get a chance to play, but there were also horseshoe and cornhole stations set up as well!
Is your metroplex/town broken up into unofficial sections like Fort Worth? I wanna hear about it!