Race Recap: ODU Big Blue 5k 2017

untitled12.pngThis was my second time doing the ODU Big Blue 5k. I enjoyed the race last year, J&A always puts on great races, and this was no exception.  The highlight of this game is that you get to finish on the 50 yard line of the football field!

Packet Pickup and Expo

I opted for race day pickup, since I didn’t feel like fighting traffic on Friday night.  It was pretty quick, like most J&A Races, and I found a place to hang out for awhile.  I didn’t feel like taking my stuff back to the car, so I opted to do the dry bag check.

Race Day Conditions/Attire

High in the low 60s and partly cloudy…perfect running weather. I opted for a tank top, capris, and a hat.  I’m becoming more of a fan of running with a hat on.  There was a bit of rain before the race, but the clouds burned off quickly, and it turned out to be a nice day.

Pre Race

I had a lot of time to kill before the race.  It was a late start – 10:30am race.  I watched April the Giraffe give birth on my phone, chatting with some of my race friends, and just relaxed.  About 20 minutes before race start, I headed over to the start area and found my corral.

Race Time

They started the corrals within about 30 seconds of each other.  I had planned to walk most of the race and run if I felt good.  The first mile went by really quickly.  The sun came out in full force and I started feeling the affects.

The second mile was pretty good, and I ran some.  The water stop came at almost the 2 mile mark, which was a little late for a 5k.

The last mile was pretty easy and was a nice run though ODU’s campus.  I ran the last quarter mile in to the finish.  The finish on the 50 yard line of the field is pretty cool!

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I finished in 48:16.  I was ok with the time given that I walked most of the time.

After Party

The after-party was tailgate style, and they had free Moes (yum) and Corona.    I hung out for awhile, ate my food, then got on the road.  Michael was sick and I didn’t want to be gone from him too long.

Have you ever done a football themed race? What was the best food you’ve had at an afterparty?

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Race Recap: Shamrock 8k 2017

I know this recap is super late – but better late than never!

This is one of my favorite races, despite the fact that the weather is almost always crummy.  Guess that’s what happens when you have a race in March at the oceanfront.

Packet Pick-up/Expo

My stepmom and I went to packet pick-up on Friday night.  We walked through all the vendors, but didn’t get into a whole lot.  She got a new pair of sunglasses, and I got a new flip belt.  They’ve made a few adjustments and I love it!

Race Day Conditions/Attire

The forecast threatened rain, but it was supposed to be in the high-40s/low 50s.  I wore capris and a short sleeved shirt with a long-sleeved shirt over it.  I brought a poncho just in case it started raining.  I learned my lesson from last year.

Pre-Race

We parked about 15 blocks away from the start and had a decent walk to the start line.  We hit the porta-potties with about 15 minutes to spare.  We got in our corrals and just enjoyed all the costumes and excitement.

Race Time

The first 2 miles went by in the blink of an eye.  I lost my stepmom less than a quarter mile in – even though I know she’d leave me because she’s speedy. We faced a headwind for most of that time.  When the course turned onto the boardwalk, we had the wind at our back.  I took advantage of that and alternated running and walking.

Around the 3.5 mile mark, I started noticing that my sock was rubbing and I was getting a blister.  I tried to adjust, but it didn’t seem to help.

I hunkered down for the last mile or so on the boardwalk back into the headwind. I hoped to finish under and hour and 15 min, but finished very close in 1:15:13.

After Party

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I gathered all my food and swag after the race and headed to the tent.  I found my Dad and stepmom, grabbed a beer and enjoyed some of my food.  The music is always great – it is just usually SO CROWDED in the tent that we don’t stay long.

When we finally decided to leave, it had started raining.  I put on my poncho, and they had rain jackets, but we still got soaked walking 10 blocks to our car.

Overall Reactions

Despite the rain at the end, this was a good race and I wouldn’t miss it even despite the terrible weather.

Do you continually do a race despite historically bad weather?

Weekly Update – 3/13/17

This was a pretty good week, although it was pretty cold.  I guess winter isn’t ready to let go yet.  This week also brought my second race for the year.

Monday

Michael had to work late on Monday, and with it being cold out and I was tired….I didn’t want to go to the gym.

Tuesday

We went to the gym on Tuesday after work.  I got in 2 miles on the treadmill.

Wednesday

Yoga was great on Wednesday.  Class was unusually full.  She really worked our hips this class, and it felt fantastic.

Thursday

Date night! I was looking forward to this, because I feel like Michael and I don’t get to spend a lot of quality time during the week.

Friday

Friday was moving day at work.  I moved to another building.  We have a “campus” at work.  My reporting structure has changed over the years, and they are moving me in the same building as my new boss. I’m not really happy about the move. I have been in this building for a few years and I have a great seat by a window.

I left early on Friday to go pick up my race packet for the Shamrock 8k on Saturday. More on that in my race recap!

Saturday

Saturday was the Shamrock 8k.  Recap to come – but good news, I didn’t get rained on till I walked back to my car to leave!

I came home to some BEAUTIFUL flowers that Michael got me.  Michael and I spent the rest of the day relaxing, watching TV, getting laundry done, etc.

Sunday

After church on Sunday, we went out to Cracker Barrel with Michael’s parents.  It was a nice time! We even got some snow in the morning, which was beautiful.

Has winter returned where you are? What did you do for St. Patrick’s Day?

 

Race Recap: Game Day 5k 2017

I have done this race once before (last year), and it was a very cold race.  I like that its relatively close to me – only 30 minutes away.  I’m not a huge fan of the race company, as logistically, I’ve had many issues with them.  I thought I’d give it another try, as I really enjoy the race.

Packet Pickup and Expo

So despite the fact that they’d been advertising race day pickup for the weeks (and days) leading up to the race, they changed their mind and cancelled it.  So I had to go the day before and pick it up. Not a huge deal, but frustrating.  I emailed them about it and they said they had made that decision months ago, and it had been on their website….not true.

I learned my lesson last year with the shirts that were way too small, despite the fact that I ordered the same size I wear in all other races.  So this year, I ordered 2 sizes larger than I normally wear.  Its a bit big, but better big than can’t wear it!

Race Day Conditions/Attire

It was a cold morning, though it was forecasted to be in the high 40s. I wore long pants, a tank top, long sleeved shirt and a hat. I wore a jacket for the drive, and brought some gloves, but I didn’t think I’d end up wearing those 2 items.

…..I ended up wearing them. It was so cold, words cannot describe.  I left my gloves in the car, starting walking toward the race, then turned right back around to get them because I knew it would be bad without them!

Pre-Race

I went out there about 15 minutes before the start of the 10k (the 5k started 15 min after that). It was freezing, but I wanted to check out all the food that we’d be getting after the race 🙂 I plugged in my headphones and got in my corral after the 10kers were off.

Race Time

I had planned on primarily walking this race.  I have been very slowly trying to get back into a more conditioned shape, and there was no need to push it.  I jogged the first quarter mile or so, just to help shake out the crowd from the start.  I finished the first mile pretty quickly.  I was able to take off my gloves for a few minutes because I finally began to warm up.

The second mile was pretty non-eventful, although a bit slow.  The water stop was right before the 2nd mile marker, and that’s also where the 10kers joined in. The water stop was staffed with CNU student (I’m guessing the men’s track team) and they were having a blast and being goofy.

I’m not sure why they have the 10kers join in at this point.  Its difficult to have 10k runners mix in with 5k walkers.  I suppose logistically it makes sense and probably has to do with road closures and the course, but when you are in the midst of it, it doesn’t make a ton of sense.

The last mile was a bit slow – I was ready to be done, and less willing to push it! 🙂 I enjoyed seeing the 10kers though, I’m always encouraged by the diversity of the runners I see in all race distances.  I ran in the last quarter mile or so.  I finished at 48:26.

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After Party

I was freezing at the finish.  I got my medal, my water and snacks, grabbed some BBQ, etc.  I decided against beer and against staying longer, because I was just too cold!

Have you ever misjudged the weather for a race? Do you prefer race day packet pickup?

Race Recap: Surf-N-Santa 5 Miler 2016

This Christmas race is always a favorite of mine, but this year was extra special.  We were trying to break a world record for a Santa run.  It required us to wear a very specific Santa suit – jacket, pants, beard, hat and belt.

Spoiler alert: We got the world record!!!!!I am a Guinness Book of World Record holder 🙂

Packet Pickup and Expo

Since the race started at 4:30pm, I opted to do race day pickup.  I arrived around 2pm and I picked up my packet.  I wanted a lot of time to get ready because I knew I had to sort out the special Santa suit. They had special alteration stations set up.

Race Day Conditions/Attire

The temperature race day was a little warmer than I hoped. It was in the high 50s, and because I knew I had to wear real clothes under the santa suit, I knew I’d be a little warm.  I may or may not have sweated through my hat…

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Pre-Race

I just hung out and watched all the people in their Santa costumes.  It was pretty comical to see thousands of Santas all together in one area.

I got dressed about a half hour before the race, and then headed to my corral.

Race Time

I love this race.  I started off running, but planned on walking most of the race.  Miles 1 and 2 were fairly uneventful.  I loved getting to see all the lights on the boardwalk and even stopped and snapped a few pictures.

After the halfway mark, I started walking/running some.  I was kind of ready to be done after we finished running through the lights, because the rest of the race is just through the city streets in the dark, which is only but so interesting.

After Party

I was able to get my medal and my Triple Jog Dare medal – which is awesome!!!!

 

 

They gave out gloves as a finisher item, which is pretty awesome, because I lost my pair from a few years ago at this year’s Shamrock.  I had part of a beer and some of the sausage and potato soup, but I was ready to head home and get the Santa suit off!

I wore my Santa outfit to Chick Fila to pick up dinner and gave the girl at the drive through a little giggle.

Do you do any Christmas races? Have you ever tried to break a work record?

Race Recap: ChistmasTown Dash 8k 2016

I’ve done this race before and really love it, but in recent years it has not made the cut on my racing schedule. I was really excited to do this one with Michael!

Packet Pick-up/Expo

Packet pickup for this race is offered at a variety of locations in Hampton Roads before the race. We opted to pick it up on Friday in Newport News, since its only about a 30 minute drive.  I tried on some shoes while we were there, but opted not to buy anything just yet.  I think I might go back to Saucony Guide.

Race Day Conditions/Attire

It was a cold day.  Temps were going to be in the high 30s, low 40s for race time.  I opted for long leggings, short sleeved shirt, long sleeved shirt, and a hat.  I wore a sweatshirt until the start.

Michael wore 3 layers up top and pants.  We need to get him so good technical fabrics for cold weather!

Pre-Race

We went down toward the start about an hour before the race.  But it was cold and that ended up being a very bad idea. We froze before the start. The start line was chaos too.  The corrals were out of order…found out later that they were somewhat organized, but not in a way that was communicated well.

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Race Time

Michael and I stuck with each other for the first 2 miles or so.  We alternated running and walking.  Once we got in the park, he started slowing down and told me to go on ahead.

My favorite part was in the park, around mile 2.5.  There is a bridge lined with Marines (the race supports Toys for Tots). I picked the right hand side of the bridge, and shook each one’s hand and thanked them for their service.  I got responses ranging from “Thank you for your support,” to “Semper Fi,” to “Oorah!”  It gets me emotional every time.

The course leaves the park around mile 3, and I kept alternating running and walking, using any downhills to my advantage. I kept looking for Michael during the loops and saw him a few times.

I finished in 1:23:19. I could have done significantly better if I ran the race on my own.  But it was more important to me to spend some time running with Michael and enjoying the course.

After Party

We were far too cold to stay afterward, and there wasn’t really an “afterparty” per se.  They just had some hot chocolate.  Definitely prefer J&A parties!

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Overall Reactions

It was a very cold day, but it was a great time. I  love running through Busch Gardens.  Makes me want to go back for ChristmasTown for real!

Have you done any Christmas races yet? What was the most chaotic race start you’ve ever seen?

Weekly Update – 11/28/2016

Monday – Wednesday

Monday through Wednesday were crazy at work.  I have mentioned some of my frustrations before, but through the restructuring we’ve had, I have less help than I’ve had before.  Work that used to be handled by 3 other people is now falling on me.

Thursday

After work on Thursday, we had dinner at my mom’s.  My grandmother was in town from PA and it was good to spend time with her.  Since my grandfather passed away this spring, its reminded me how important family is – especially those that live father away.

Friday

I worked from home so I could intercept a package I had delivered to the house instead of work.  I usually don’t mess that up, but I did for this item!

On Friday, we went up to Newport News to pickup our race packets for Christmastown 8k.  Pickup was at a running store, and I got tempted by all of the shoes.  I think I want to go back to Saucony Guides! Afterward, we went to a cute little diner for dinner.

Saturday

On Saturday morning, I had to work for a little bit.  Afterward, we had a meeting with our builder! They are making some real progress!

After our meeting, we had lunch at JoJacks.  Then we went to the craft show at the high school and saw MomLOLZ. We got a few Christmas gifts for other people…and a few for ourselves!

Sunday

Sunday was the Christmas town 8k at Busch Gardens – recap to come! After the race, we went straight to Cracker Barrel and inhaled our food so fast I didn’t even get a chance to take a picture!

We spent the rest of the day doing chores and watching movies on Netflix.

How was your week? How do you spend your days after races?