Now, onto my recap!
As I mentioned, this race was the inaugural running. There was a 5k and 10k option; I chose the 10k. It was only my second-ever 10k, with my first being the 80's themed race I did in November. This race was 60's themed, and truly the only reason did it was because I had to have the medal! I usually don't do a race just because of what the medal looks like (I did that Awesome 80's 10k for the adorable cassette-tape medal they offered, too) but this one was adorable---a 60's themed VW bus medal. The inner hippie and Deadhead in me just couldn't resist.
I didn't want to spend a lot of money on a costume, but really wanted to dress up. I ended up going to Target and buying a pajama top with a peace sign on it, and wearing a 60's themed headband which I already had. It wasn't the full-on tie-dye get-up I had envisioned, but it would have to do. One thing I was happy about was packet pickup. Although there was a small expo the day before, they also offered packet pickup the morning of the race, at no extra charge. I don't know how it is in other pars of the country, but in San Diego most races, even 5ks, require a bib pickup the day before. Often you CAN get your stuff the morning of the race, but they charge a fee. I didn't really have time to go to the expo the day before, as it was my son's birthday party (he's 9 now!) And, there really wasn't much to pick up! Just the bib. There was no race shirt included in the cost. You COULD buy a cute shirt for $15, but I didn't want to spend an additional $15 to commemorate a 10k, no matter how cute it was. (To be fair, the race organizers wrote that as it was their first year, and they didn't know how many runners would register, they made a choice between medals and shirts).
I got to the race really early. The 10k started at 8:05, but I left the house at 6:30 and was there by 7:00. As a result, I got an amazing parking spot, just a stone's throw away from the start line. I got my bib, but then hurried back to my car. It was COLD!!!! Very cold. At that point I was regretting what I was wearing, which was only a thin t-shirt and a running skirt! I would have loved pants or a long-sleeved shirt or arm warmers. Alas, I didn't have anything else with me, so I settled for waiting in my warm car. Soon I was joined by some friends, Ingrid and her son, and then Kelly and her daughter. All four of them were doing the 5k. It was Kelly's daughter's first-ever race, and I was so excited for her! Finally, at about 7:55, we ventured out of my car and walked the few yards to the start line. After running into another friend of mine, who was also doing her first-ever race (she did the 5k!) we posed for pictures, then I left them and headed for the 10k-ers.
|Groovy Start Line|
|My view for part of the race|
After a mile or so, I was really warmed up. I was actually feeling a bit hot, and wished I had a tank top on! Many of the runners around me were peeling off layers, tying jackets around their waists. This is why you should always dress for the second mile, not the first.
Once back toward the finish area, the 10k route followed a winding snake-like pattern up and down the a field. Suddenly it was over---actually, tiny bit short according to my Garmin, which read 6.07, but that's close enough to 6.2 for me not to complain. I didn't PR, it was a pretty slow run compared to my previous 10k, but I still had a great time. And this medal was worth it.
After I crossed the finish line, I headed back to my car to put away my medal and had to run 4 more miles---I had 10 miles on the docket that day! I was NOT motivated to run 4 more miles after running a 10k but I got it done.
I would do this race again, especially if they offer another groovy medal design!