Hello, and welcome to another 5k race recap! As I had mentioned earlier this week, my dad and I ran the Run the Lights 5k last Friday night, and we had the best time! I don’t think I have participated in a race that wasn’t on a Saturday or Sunday morning in years, so it was exciting to switch things up for a night run! Granted, it was kind of imperative that we run at night so we could actually run along the lights, but it was still a lot of fun! Also, I apologize in advance that these pictures aren’t the best quality. Night time kind of stinks when it comes to taking pictures, and it especially stinks when you are taking them on an iPhone 6s. I think I’m due for an upgrade, y’all!
What I Wore:
- Long Sleeve UNT T-Shirt
- Santa hat (came with race swag)
- Holiday themed Crazy Compression socks (Here)
- Saucony Women’s Grid Cohesion 9 (Here)
- Garmin Forerunner 10 (Here)
- Momentum Jewelry Motivate Wrap (Here)
- Run ID Bracelet (Here)
The course was entirely flat, and wove through Vitruvian Park in Addison, Texas. The park itself was really nice and maintained, and paved evenly! The real downside is that there was not a lot of street lamps or park lighting available, so several patches of the course were quite dark. Thankfully, some smarter runners came prepared with head lamps, so I made sure to stay around them for support! My second issue (which isn’t the park’s fault) was that because of the high turn out, parts of the course that took place on sidewalk were quite congested, so every now and then I’d have to pause to do an awkward walk-job until we all had a enough space to run at our own pace again.
How I Felt:
The weather could not have been more fickle if it tried. When I left work at 5 pm it was pretty warm out, and I was certain I’d be in short and t-shirt for this race. Cut to 6 pm and I had to settle on a long sleeve tee, and paired knee length compression socks with my shorts. In retrospect I think I would have been okay in regular t-shirt, but waiting for the race to start I knew I’d be a little chilly, and post race as well. Aside from the weather, every other aspect of the race felt great! I know I swore off compression socks in last week’s post, but I had ordered them half price as part of a Black Friday sale and thought they would be cute for the themed race. I didn’t feel any tightness or heaviness in my legs while I ran, so maybe I just need to try different brands? We’ll see! I just ordered a couple from Pro Compression, so I’ll keep you posted on how those work out for me!
While my dad and I didn’t stick around very much longer after the race, we did find several other runners enjoyed dancing along with DJ, hitting up some food trucks, and just enjoying the lights in general! The lights definitely made me wish that there more races like this going on in my area. I think it’s such a neat (and profitable lol) idea to enjoy the holidays!
Are you running any festive races this season?