Hello and happy Monday! I hope you all had a great weekend! This past Saturday my Dad and I ran The Melon Dash 5k, and holy begeezus was it hot outside! I swear every Summer race just intensifies my craving for Fall, and this race had me wanting October/November to be here more than ever! While the heat was ridiculous, I did have dressing up in watermelon colors, and hanging out with dogs (always sign up for races benefiting animals. You’re almost always guaranteed to pet a dog while you’re there!). However, please learn from my mistakes and do not wear two pairs of shorts at the same time. You will both look and feel like an idiot.
What I Wore:
- Reebok Women’s Heather Vector T-Shirt (Here)
- Nike Tempo Shorts (Here) (I am normally not wearing two pairs of shorts at the same time, but I wanted to wear my bright green shorts over my compression shorts so it could pair with my pink shirt and I could look more like a watermelon! Bad move, me.)
- Nike Pro Compression shorts (Here)
- Saucony Women’s Grid Cohesion 9 (Here)
- Brooks Running Hat (Similar)
- Race bib belt (Here)
- Garmin Forerunner 10 (Here)
- Momentum Jewelry Motivate Wrap (Here)
- Leisure Loops Bracelet (Here)
This course, was the same as last year’s, but I completely forgot how hilly it was! It wove through Towne Lake Park and an adjacent neighborhood in McKinney, and it seemed every quarter of a mile we were met with a huge incline! Thankfully the pavement/road we ran on was even, and the local scenery was beautiful, but ugh hill work.
How I Felt:
It was a hot one that morning, so the heat plus hills had me struggling. It was a real fight to not walk the last mile, but I pushed through and finished it strong (well, as strong as you can when you feel like heat exhaustion is imminent). I just had to keep telling myself that there was unlimited watermelon waiting for me at the end!
Be that our race was benefiting the League of Animal Protectors, a local volunteer and non-profit animal rescue and adoption organization, there were plenty of little furry friends to love on at the end of the race! There probably 8 to 10 dogs on site that there were on site for adoption and it took everything I had not to Melissa McCarthy/Bridesmaids it and leave with all of them in a van. I hope they all were able to find a home that day, if not sometime soon!
After gawking at dogs, my dad and I enjoyed a couple of slices of watermelon (there was also a hot dog vendor which I thought was an interesting post race food option), before we decided to heck with the heat and head for some A/C and breakfast!
What would be your ideal food themed race?