This past Saturday my Dad and I ventured into my least favorite venue, for my second favorite drink, and number one activity. Fair Park, margaritas, and running! The Viva La Margarita Race was in town, and offered both a 5k and a 10k route for runners, and given that the warm weather run is about to roll in, we thought we’d shoot for one last long race before we have to retire the extra miles until Fall. The race was sponsored by Sports Authority and Camp Gladiator, and I was super impressed with both how they coordinated an organized and super fun race! Y’all know I’m pretty partial to my Run Project races, but this run deserves all the accolades as well! There was a warm up dance party to Prince, and free snacks giveaway, but they knew what we were there for; the margs, and they delivered!
What I Wore:
- Nike compression shorts
- T-Shirt from 2015 Del Frisco’s 5k
- Saucony Kinvara 5 Run Shield
- Headband from Target
- Apple Watch
The course ran throughout almost the entirety of Fair Park, offering views of the Gexa Energy Pavillion, Cotton Bowl stadium, and the dormant rides that are saved for the annual Texas Fair. As for the conditions of the course, it was 100% a road race, as the whole thing mostly took place in the giant empty parking lot of Fair Park. The 10k route was the 5k route run twice, you literally run past the finish line and circle back the way you came in.
- How I Felt
I would normally complain about this, as it can feel a little discouraging to run past the finish line and realize you have to the do the race all over again, but with the exception of the heat, I felt pretty good for most of the race. I really started to feel the intensity of the sun around mile four, as I was almost head to toe sweat at that point, but I knew an ice cold marg waited for me at the finish, so I pushed through! Having not found a chance to run for the past two weeks, I was surprised to not feel like sluggish, or that any walking breaks were mandatory. It looks like a mini running break served me well!
- Post Race
A drink ticket was included with our race packet, and I kept that bad boy safe the whole race so I knew I would be guaranteed a fresh margarita after the race. Thankfully the line to the margs was quick, and were treated to small cups of lime margs on the rocks, with the added touch of a coffee stirrer as a straw. Low budget, but hey it was a free drink. I’ll take it.
The margarita stand was positioned next to an outdoor stage with rows and rows of seating, which made it ideal for runners to sit back, relax, and enjoy their drinks. They even had a DJ up on stage, but I think everyone was too tired to dance, because I saw zero people get down, but the beats were much appreciated.y
While it may have been a little too warm for a 10k, I will definitely be back for this race next year! Maybe just for a 5k at least. As long as the margaritas are still offered, then you’ll know I’ll be there.