Hello, and happy Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend! Mine was busy from start to finish! Friday night, I went to a Relay for Life event to walk with my friend JD, Saturday my dad and I ran a 5k (hence this recap), and later that night Jake and I went on a double date with our friends Abby and Ben to my hometown’s local beer festival/carnival! Saturday night I slept terribly, and spent most of Sunday absolutely exhausted! I mostly laid around watching season three of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt (kind of a let down), reading, and baking. Despite having a lazy day, I am still so tired. I need another weekend just to recover! Thankfully this coming weekend is a full three days off, so hopefully I’ll have time to relax then! Until then, let’s recap this weekend’s 5k!
What I Wore:
- 2015 Big D Dallas Half Marathon T-shirt
- Nike Tempo Shorts (Here)
- Garmin Forerunner 10 (Here)
- Brooks Running Hat (Similar)
- Saucony Kinvara 6 (Here)
I forgot to wear my running bracelets to this race, so my left arm felt so exposed!
The course start and finished at the Southlake Carroll Dragons stadium. For anyone not from this area, but also fans of Parks & Rec, Southlake is kind of the “Eagleton”, whereas my hometown Grapevine is the “Pawnee”. Southlake, basically across the street (HWY 26) from Grapevine, is very ritzy and well to do, and they are famously known for being excellent at football. In fact, during my senior year of high school their football teams game against mine (go Mustangs!) was broadcast on ESPN! This has nothing to do with the course, but when you have a chance to throw in a Parks & Rec reference, you have to take it!
Back to the subject, so the course wove through a nearby neighborhood, up past a local high school, with the turnaround point at Chick-fil-a (chicken biscuits!). There were a few hills, but it all took place on road and was not especially challenging,
How I Felt:
The largest turnout for the race seemed to be amongst the Southlake Carroll cross country team, so it felt like my dad and I versus a bunch of teens with zero percent body fat, and an average mile time of 6 minutes. Not the greatest confidence booster, but I’m proud of them for sacrificing a Saturday to crush a 5k, because lord knows when I was 15 I wasn’t rolling out of bed on a Saturday until like 10 am! As for me, I felt great! The weather was a little windy starting out, but the humidity soon found us, so I working up a sweat by mile one! Funnily enough, later on my dad and I learned that we both earned #1 in our age groups…out of 1 since I was the only 20-29 and my dad was the only 100-110 (jk jk jk).
For such a small race, I do have to applaud the race directors for having plenty to do once we crossed the finish line. We offered full sized Vitamin Waters and Chik-fil-a chicken biscuits (I mean, that is so Eagleton), and there was a post race yoga cool down session! I, being a grown toddler, asked to take my pic with the Chik-fil-a cow, and thankfully the person in the suit didn’t laugh in my face and happily obliged.
All in all I’d say it was a pretty successful race! I’d happily run this again next year! Let’s just hope I actually have someone in my age group to compete against (and hopefully beat) in 2018!
What town is the Eagleton to your Pawnee?