I was super excited for this race. Like counting down the days excited. It was going to be my hubby’s first 5k and our first fam[ily] race. ❤ We were supposed to be a theme; my boys being wild animals, and I being their zoo keeper. It was cute. But unfortunately, Clayton didn’t take to his 4 month shots well. And this mama had to run solo. I was even contemplating not running as well, and just cuddling the fever right out of my poor boy. BUT daddy said he would love him, and I should go run, because I had to miss out on my weekly yoga session to stay home with my little man on Friday.
So, the night before, I changed up my outfit to something more comfortable and a little less costume. I was crossing my fingers that his fever would break by the morning, and then we could all still go, which is why little man’s outfit was still pictured. PLUS, it is just the cutest freaking thing I ever did see. Mostly because he is still so tiny and you can’t really see his legs, so he’s just all warm and fuzzy up in the body of the elephant.
Race morning came, and my little was still running a fever. People said fresh air would be good for him, but it was really cold and I didn’t want to mess with all the variables of the situation. AND I am glad I didn’t bring him. The roads were like pot hole//cracks// crater central and massive vertical climbs. We would’ve ended up walking the run. Anyways, it was nice because they opened the school gym for registration and all the fun little extras, so you could stay warm too. While waiting around, I came across a guy dressed like Forrest Gump, and thought it was the bomb.com. So I had my obligatory race picture with him.
He was fast too. I tried to keep up with him, because a finish photo with him would’ve been EPIC, but I couldn’t hang. So back to the race shenanigans. We lined up, and they sprayed fire extinguisher goods at you, which was so cold. I couldn’t believe how cold it was. BUT it made for a cool affect.
Remember I mentioned vertical climbs a little earlier. Like no joke, they were mountains. Right off the bat, you were required to climb the biggest hill of the event. I remember my watch dinging about a quarter mile in that I had reached my stair climb for the day. And then I just laughed out loud. BUT I was proud of myself. I ran every single hill without stopping. At the top of the hill, I thought I was loosing my car key, so I stopped quickly to check, and that was when I lost the second place win, but that’s okay. I wouldn’t have wanted to trace my steps looking for my key if I lost it. 🙂
It’s not a very good picture because of the sun, but do you see that guy running in the dinosaur costume? Mad props to him. I don’t know how he did it. Let alone, how he breathed in it, but it was hilarious and he kicked booty too. In between the first massive hill and the end, was more up hill/down hill, through neighborhoods and back. The end was such a tease, because you knew you were back to the school, but they made you run around the school and up another little hill to get to the rear of the building, which is where I experienced a first. I made it to the top of the hill and immediately started to dry heave. I couldn’t even walk. It forced me to stop dead in my tracks and just ride it out. It was miserable. I just stared at the finish line, right there, maybe 15 feet away. At that point, I was wishing I would just throw up, so I could move on. Finally, I had stopped, and made my way across the line. The only other time I experienced this, was after PRing at a 5k along the beach, but I was told it was because of the salty air and pushing myself really hard. BUT it happened after I crossed the line. This, this happened before and it killed me. I was so stinking proud of myself too. I was on a roll and doing so well, given the course. Somehow with (in my eyes) a not so nice pace, I still managed to take third in my age group.
Despite the day, not going anywhere near how I had envisioned it, I really enjoyed this race. The event was very well organized. They treat their runners nicely, with awesome swag and goodies. Their medals are above and beyond, and the atmosphere was super inviting.
I love the shirts, and you also got a travel coffee mug and lots of other good stuff that I didn’t need. But yeah, definitely doing this race again next year, and hopefully as a family of three. ❤ 🙂 Thank you to the hosts, the volunteers, the people. You all put on an awesome event.