Signing up for a race where I could run both the 5K & 10K, AND get pie at the finish was a no-brainer for me. I’ve never run two races in the same day before. I’ve only ever run races two days in a row like, the VA Beach Shamrock Whale challenge – 8K & 26.2. By the way, the VA Beach Shamrock races may just be my favorite races EVER. It’s always so well organized, you’re almost guaranteed a PR, the swag is amazing, I always end up running with good friends, and there’s beer at the finish. All really good stuff! I hope to run there many more times in the future. It’ll always hold a special place in my heart.
I was planning to do these races as training runs, so that’s what I did. The course was a 5K loop around City Park, so with both races I ended up running three loops. I had several friends running the race including Carol (CompulsiveRunner)! I met up with her before the 5K started. She and I ran the whole race together. It was nice to be able to run with someone again, as I’m always running/training alone.
When we finished the 5K, we had less than 15 minutes to run about a half a mile to our cars, change our bibs, and get back to the start. The two bib thing was kind of annoying but I get it. I grabbed a piece of pie and ran with it back to the car! The crust was sturdy enough to wedge it between the plate and it didn’t get smashed. I shoved a big piece of it in my mouth before I left it in the car to run back to the start.
By the time we got back, they had already started the 10K but people were still running through the chute. I felt really good during the 5K, but started to feel every little ache and pain during the 10K. The phantom leg thing, headache, and the bottoms of my feet were feeling like I was running with no shoes on. I didn’t really enjoy the 10K, but I did enjoy my second piece of pie.
It’s crazy how runs can go from one extreme to the other in the same week. Euphoric to sub par in a matter of days. Ugh. But as everyone always says, the bad days make the good ones even better.
I usually have TERRIBLE race picture, every one of them, and I thought that was the case this time. However, when I went back to save the pictures I wanted, there were two new ones (basically same pic) that I actually like!
This one…NOT so much. I look like I’m about to crap my pants.
Not this one either… I look like ones of the Blues Brothers. Ok, maybe just the glasses.
Thanks for reading,