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!


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.


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: Game Day 5k 2016

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.

Race Time

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.

After Party

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?




Weekly Update – 2/1/16

I felt pretty good about my workouts this week.  I’m starting to feel more core tighten up (thanks yoga) and I feel like I’m starting to lose a bit of weight.  While my ultimate goal is to be healthy, I do need to lose some weight, so I’m happy to see that its starting to come off.


Yoga with Jaye.  I felt pretty strong in my flows, and I feel like I’ve been better about being more aware of my breath.  However, my balance was severely off last night and I struggled a lot with that.

I’ve been practicing yoga for about 2 years now, and its still amazing to me how much I learn each class.


I was so unmotivated to go to the gym on Tuesday.  Work has been a bit difficult recently and its been quite draining.  We went anyway.  I got a 5k in on the treadmill.

Michael ran his best time yet for a 5k – around 42 minutes.  He’s going to do so well on his first 5k in April.  He keeps telling me he wants a good first PR.  🙂  I told him anything will be a PR, but he’s determined and I love it!


I jumped on the treadmill and got a quick .75 miles in before yoga.  It was a small class, which I prefer.  Jaye was experimenting with a new warmup…not really a fan, but hey, its yoga, so I went with the flow.  Haha – get it, go with the flow? Flow yoga? Anyone?

Ok that wasn’t that funny.


Even though Michael was ready for a rest day, I wasn’t.  Got in a 5k on the treadmill at the gym.


Hit up the gym after work for 2.3 miles.  It was my 5th day straight without a rest day, so I didn’t feel the need to push it.


Saturday was a complete bum day.  Well, not complete.  Got a lot of laundry and housework done. It was nice to have a day at home to watch HGTV and catch up on stuff around the house.


Sunday was the Game Day 5k.  Recap to come.  I will say it is the COLDEST race I’ve ever done.  I stayed cold for the rest of the day. We did put a deposit down on a lot to potentially build a house later this year! That’s exciting 🙂 Afterward, we went to my dad’s house to watch the SuperBowl.

How was your week?  Did you race this weekend?


Spring Race Schedule

When its 70 degrees in the beginning of February, you start dreaming about your spring race schedule!  While I’ve had some of these on the schedule for awhile (here’s looking at you Shamrock), unless you take a peek at my Race Schedule page, you’d never know what I’ve got up my sleeve!

Here’s what I’ve got coming up:

February 7, 2016 – Game Day 5k (Newport News, VA)

March 19, 2016 – Shamrock 8k (Virginia Beach, VA)

March 20, 2016 – Shamrock Half Marathon (Virginia Beach, VA)

April 2, 2016 – April Fools 7k (Atlantic City, NJ)

April 16, 2016 – ODU Big Blue 5k (Norfolk, VA)

The Game Day 5k this week is something that I’ve wanted to check out the past few years and never got around to  it.  I’m excited about it, as its in a city I love and has pretty awesome swag.

You may remember that I deferred my Dolphin Challenge for Shamrock until this year. I don’t feel particularly ready for it this year, but I’m not injured like I was last year.  I’ve decided to employ a walk/run strategy.  I’ll be walking the 8k with some of my co-workers (my work sponsors the 8k), and walk/run the half.

Just yesterday, I added the April Fools 7k to my schedule.  Hollie has said nothing but good things about the race, so I decided to give it a try.  My husband likes to go up to Atlantic City to go to the casinos every once and awhile, so I thought it could be a good trip for us.  I also am a sucker for less traditional race distances, since I always stick with 5ks, etc.  Interestingly enough, this is my first race out of the state where I live!

The ODU Big Blue 5k will be my husband’s first race, and my first time doing this particular race.  I’m excited about it!

I may add one or two more before summer, but we’ll see!

How is your spring schedule shaping up?  Do you ever travel for races?