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?

 

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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?