Its been a long time since I’ve done a Flat Out Events race. They primarily do races up on the peninsula, so I often forget about them! I’ve wanted to try the Game Day 5k for a few years, but this is the first time I pulled the trigger on it!
Packet Pickup and Expo
Like last week, this was another smaller race (probably around 800 people), I opted for packet pickup on the day of the race. Despite packet pickup being a little disorganized, I was able to get my race packet fairly quickly. Michael and I had a lot of time to chill in the car and wait for the race to start.
I was really disappointed in the shirts for this race. When they have unisex shirts, I get a medium, and when they have gender specific, I usually get a women’s large. These were unisex shirts, and the medium was SO small. Might as well have been a small. I don’t think I’ll be wearing that shirt…
Race Day Conditions/Attire
It was in the 20s when I woke up, with the high only supposed to be around 40 for the day. It was also pretty overcast, so I knew it would be a cold one. I literally wore the same layers I did last week (long pants, tank, long sleeved shirt, and headband), but this week, I added a vest and my gloves.
While it was 37 degrees, I was so underdressed. I froze the entire time! You would have thought it was in the 20s still!
After packet pickup, Michael and I sat around in the car. It was a little too cold to just hang around outside. The 10k was starting at 9, and the 5k started at 9:15. I headed out there a few minutes before 9 to see the 10kers start, and to get a bathroom break in.
There were signs for corrals, but nothing super organized. Like always, people were lined up improperly, so there were walkers in front of runners, etc.
I started less than 20 seconds behind the gun. I was able to pass a lot of the walkers with ease, and since the race was fewer than 400 people, it spread out pretty quick. I ran the first half mile, then alternated run/walk every quarter mile. That strategy seems to work pretty well for me. I know a lot of people do time intervals, but I prefer distance intervals.
I hit mile marker one pretty quickly – I was surprised how fast I came upon it. I think I ran/walked the first mile in just over 13 minutes. Getting to mile two seemed to take a bit longer. The 1okers joined back in with the 5kers just before our 2 mile mark, and at their 5 mile mark. Unfortunately, it was a little unmatched. The 5kers were run/walking, and we were joining in with 10kers who were running.
I took my gloves off for a few minutes, because I felt like my hands were getting warm, but promptly put them back on!
The water break was at the 2 mile mark, then it was just over a mile to go. This mile seemed to fly by, and before I knew it, I was around the other side of the block from the finish line. I could tell my Garmin was a bit ahead (I ended up running 3.16 miles), but I decided to go for it at the end.
I crossed the finish line in 43:51. I felt like I worked a lot harder than that time, but oh well.
I was freezing at the finish. I got my medal, my water and snacks, caught my breath for a few minutes, and decided it was time to go. They were having the afterparty at a nearby restaurant, but I just wasn’t feeling it.
Have you done a superbowl race? What was the coldest race you’ve ever done?