Hello, and happy Monday! This past Saturday, my dad, my good friend, Abby, and I all ran the Honey Run 5k trail race in Denton, Texas! This was my first trail of the year (and since last April!), and such a blast! It also happened to be Abby’s very first 5k race, and she totally crushed it! The best part of all though? The race was 100% free. Even better? If you showed up on time you also got a free t-shirt. It honestly does not get much better than that. 95% of the reason I sign up and pay for races is for the t-shirt, so if I can get out of a fee than you have me hooked for ever.
What I Wore:
I was poorly dressed for this one. I normally pick out my race day outfit the night before, but I went to bed Friday night with an awful headache and didn’t prepare. I woke up Saturday morning and just threw together what I could find, all of which included non trail running shoes, what should have been full length tights, and a tech tee. Oh well!
- 2016 Must Dash 5k T-shirt
- New Balance Capri Tights (Similar)
- Garmin Forerunner 10 (Here)
- Saucony Kinvara 6 (Here)
- “Robot Run” Sweaty Bands Headband (Here)
For this race, I got to go back to my old college town of Denton, Texas (Go Mean Green!)! The course itself was located on Denton Clear Creek Natural Heritage Center, which during my four years (+ a summer semester lol) of school I never happened upon. It was a true trail race in the sense that we ran through mud (small patches of it thankfully), tree limbs, creeks, rock and gravel! Had I been more prepared, I probably would have had a better time splashing through the mud, but my poor Saucony Kinvaras were not built for such excursions. What I loved most though is that the trail was super fun! Challenging, yes, but it is accessible for all ages and running levels!
How I Felt:
Due to my poor planning, I felt a little discouraged that I couldn’t really “rough it” with the best of them out of fear of destroying my shoes, but other than that it was so much fun! I don’t run true trail courses very often, so it does take me awhile to find my groove during the run, but once I do I really enjoy how much of a change of pace it is from a regular road race! Not to mention, dodging tree limbs and jumping over mud puddles makes me feel super cool.
After crossing the finish line, finishers were handed wooden honey dippers on a necklace string in place of a medal, which I thought was the CUTEST thing ever. Honestly, aside from the fact that the race was free, the honey dipper medal totally sold me on doing the race again next year. It’s the little things, y’all. Honey dippers in tow, once we all found each other after the race, we checked out local honey vendor tables that were out and available for honey tastings, and honey flavored treats. Unfortunately though, the tastings and treats all required cash, which isn’t something I tend to carry while running, nor anticipate using after a race, but we had fun checking it all out! We mostly just reveled in Abby’s first 5k victory, and then immediately planned all of our next races to run together!
Once we cleared out from the trail and post race festivities, my Dad and I did a mini tour of Denton for a stop a Loco Cafe for breakfast tacos (why wasn’t this place there when I was in college??), and then a stop at the famous Voertman’s so I could pick up a couple new UNT shirts. Gone are the days where I could get a free college shirt for just showing up literally anywhere on campus. Dead week event at the library? Free t-shirt! Student housing booth asking for your e-mail address? (Always give a fake) Free t-shirt! Football game even though our team is garbage? Free t-shirt! Now I actually have to pay for it. Oh, to be 18 again…