Race Recap – Surf N Santa 5 miler 2017

This is one of my favorite races to do each holiday season.  The combination of the Santa suit and running under the holiday lights is fantastic!  Its also part of J&A Racing’s Triple Jog Dare.

Packet Pickup and Expo

I decided to pick up the packet on race day.  I got there around 2:30 for a 4:30 race.  I got my Santa suit, tshirt, and hung out for awhile.

Race Day Conditions/Attire

The temperature was around the mid-40s.  I decided to wear running tights and a long sleeved shirt under my Santa suit.  In retrospect, it was a little warm.

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Pre Race

I got lined up in my corral about 15 minutes before the race.  Last year, this race broke a world record for a santa run.  This year, they weren’t trying to break the record, so there was a wider variety of holiday outfits.  However, as you can see from this picture at the start line – there were still a lot of santas!

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Race Time

The course was a little different this year, but the overall course was unchanged.  We ran through about 20 blocks of lights on the boardwalk.  It was a ton of fun, and I snapchatted the lights a lot of the way.

There were a lot of bars along the oceanfront having Christmas parties, and we saw lots of people in costume.  Some of the santas from the run took a break from running to grab shots at the bars.

The 5 miles ticked off pretty quickly, even though I was walking instead of running.  The race finishes inside the convention center, which is a ton of fun!  I finished in 1:23:10.

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After Party

I collected my medal for the race, and my medal for the Triple Job Dare (Wicked 10k, Norfolk Harbor 5k and Surf N Santa 5 miler).  I wasn’t really interested in the soup they had or in the beer, so I just hit the road.

 

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Did you do any holiday runs this year? Have you ever done a Santa run?

 

Race Recap: Virtual Reindeer Challenge 5k & 7k 2017

This race was scheduled for 12/2 but I already had a commitment that day.  My mom and I always go to a Christmas craft show at the local high school.  I was super bummed out because I love Road Rage Events races.  They hold them out at Mount Trashmore and they are always nice, small, local races.  I was super excited when I found out they had a virtual option for this race!

Packet Pickup and Expo

Since this was a virtual race, no packet pick-up and expo for me!  I received the package in the mail with my shirts, bib, medals, etc.  They ended up mailing them out late, I had already completed the race(s).

Race Day Conditions/Attire

Since the challenge for this race event was to complete a 5k followed by a 7k in the same morning, I tried to closely mimic that.  That being said, I completed the 5k on my treadmill before the craft show, and the 7k outside in our neighborhood.  It was a chilly day, so I wore a few layers and fought through a few sprinkles.

Race Time

The 5k went smoothly on the treadmill.  I took it easy, mostly walking, knowing I needed to complete a 7k later in the day.  I completed the 5k in 52:46.

The 7k was a little more difficult.  I love the distance of a 7k.  Our new neighborhood is about a half mile around, about .56 miles, so I knew I needed to do about 8 laps.  Its a really boring loop when you do that many.  It sprinkled for the last three laps, which made it a little cold.  I completed the 7k in 1:17:21.

After Party

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Have you ever done two races in one day?

 

Race Recap: Norfolk Harbor 5k 2017

This race is always a lot of fun, but has a history of being cold and/or rainy.  I convinced my husband to do this one with me.

Packet Pickup and Expo

We opted for packet pickup the day before.  They moved pickup to the new Waterside District building.  We didn’t really linger around for dinner, we just headed home.

Race Day Conditions/Attire

It was FREEZING on race day.  Temps were to be in the mid-50s, but the wind was horrible. I wore long pants, a long sleeved shirt, and a sweatshirt.

Pre Race

We stayed in the parking garage as long as we could until we finally decided we had to use the bathroom too bad to stay in there any longer!  We hung out around the park by the starting line until it was time to line up.  We froze in our corrals.

Race Time

It was freezing at the start, but within the first mile, I was able to take off my sweatshirt and tie it around my waist.  The first mile went by very quickly. Second and third mile were a little slower, but the weather was much nicer and the sun came out.

Even though Michael started out one corral back from me, he caught up to me with about a half mile left.  We alternated jogging/walking and finished together.

I finished in 49:42.

After Party

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I didn’t get to enjoy the after party food, because it was a stew that had apples in it.  Since I’m allergic to apples, no soup for me! I did have part of a beer and had enough of the cold.

Have you ever done a race where the “feels like” temperature didn’t seem to match the actual temperature?

 

 

Race Recap: Alumni 5k 2017

This was my first virtual race ever!  This race was back in November.  I love this race, it was the first race I ever did, so I love any opportunity I have to complete it.  We were having a housewarming party for our new home and I wasn’t able to go. I was glad to see they had a virtual option.

Packet Pickup and Expo

No packet pickup for me, since it was virtual.  I got the package in the mail a few days before the race was to take place.

Race Day Conditions/Attire

I completed this race on the treadmill, so no special considerations for attire or race day conditions.

Race Time

It took me a few weeks after the race to actually complete this – oops!  I did this race after work one day and was completely exhausted, but knew I needed to get it done.  I walked this one and finished in 55:12.

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After Party

Have you ever done a virtual race? How did you like it? Do you think they “count” as an actual race?

Race Recap: Wicked 10K 2017

Better late than never on this recap….

I have a love/hate relationship with this race.  I love this race, because I love to see all of the costumes that people come up with.  I hate this race, because its a 10k and it just feels like a forever long race.

Packet Pickup and Expo

I’ve started opting for more race day pickups, and this race was no exception.  I love going early anyway so I can see all the different costumes people come in. I saw some great Walking dead costumes.  Lots of superheroes, and lots of “sexy” versions of something.

Race Day Conditions/Attire

I’m completely lame and didn’t dress up.  I wore capris length pants and a tshirt.

Pre Race

I got in line pretty early, because again, I wanted to see as many costumes as I could. I started one corral from the back because I planned on walking the entire time.

Race Time

I’m not going to lie, I felt awful during this race. 6.2 miles might have well been 16.  I was tired, unmotivated, and walking is SO SLOW. The first 3 miles went ok.

Mile 4, I started noticing I was getting a blister on my right heel.  It proceeded to get worse and worse throughout the race, slowing me down even more.

I finished in 1:43:05.

After Party

The party was on the beach, and although the weather was nice, my blister made me not want to stay.  Plus, I knew I had about a 1/2 mile walk back to the car.

I got my soup, ate that real quick then skipped the beer.

Sadly, I didn’t snap any pictures that day, not even of my medal!

Did you do any Halloween races this year? (gosh I know I’m so late!)

 

Race Recap: Crawlin Crab 5k 2017

This recap is more than a little late, but better late than never.

Crawlin Crab was my first race back after my injury.  I planned on taking it very easy.

Packet Pickup and Expo

I opted for race day pickup.  I was there before packet pickup opened up.  I waited it out in the lobby of the convention center after I picked up my packet.

Race Day Conditions/Attire

Early October is usually pretty warm, and this year was no exception.  I wore capris and a tank top.  I’m not going to share my red faced post race picture, but let me tell you, it showed how hot it was 🙂

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Pre Race

I waited around the convention center after packet pickup, and headed out to my corral relatively early.

Race Time

This was my first race back this fall, and first race after my neuroma that I developed in late spring.  I had only been walking -hadn’t ventured into any running yet.  I decided to take it pretty easy.

The course was a bit different this year, and went through a petting zoo.  Yes, a petting zoo.  You could literally stop and take pictures with donkeys, alpacas, etc.  I should have gotten a few pictures – but it was a ton of fun watching everyone else do so.

The miles ticked away pretty easy and before I knew it, the race was over. I finished in 50:17.

After Party

Have you ever done a race that goes through a unique location?

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?

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?

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?