Now that it's been over a month.... I guess I should write this and finally get it out of the way!
We did this race last year and thought it was fun, relaxed, and pretty low-key. However, the race is in Columbus (about 2 hours away) and most of the reason we did it last year was so we could visit my newborn nephew in the hospital afterward. I wasn't planning on doing this race again until I found out that the event was set up to coincide with the most nerdy moment this century. They scheduled the race for 3/14/15 at 9:26:53am (the first 10 digits of pi) and we just had to do it.
My husband and I hadn't run a 5K since last June. Now that we are strong enough to run farther distance races, I've been making sure we take advantage of it! I really started to miss 5Ks though. They are so quick and easy, and we can just run one whenever we want and not really have to train for it.
So we stayed at my parents' house the night before the race to cut our travel time in half. Since the race started a bit later, we got down there right when packet pickup started and had plenty of time to relax and eat breakfast. It was a really comfortable temperature, but really rainy.
We started out pretty easy. My lovely cramping calves made their appearance again, and we had just started half marathon training again, so I wasn't feeling my strongest just yet.
The course was the same as last year, so I knew what to expect. Until we got to the flood.
It wasn't a huge section of course that was flooded, but it was kinda deep. Some people just ran through it, but most detoured. We were pretty solidly in the back of the pack, so a lot of people by us were walkers and other randos. I was about to just run through it when I realized I didn't have a change of shoes and had a long way to get home. So we just detoured like everyone else. Disappoint.
What I like about this course is that you can see the finish line and hear the music before you come around the final two corners. Both last year and this year, I knew when to kick it into the finish, and I really like how it's set up. Although the detour around the flood killed my time, we just wanted to get the distance in!
We grabbed our snacks and made our way out of the park pretty quickly. The original plan was to get at least halfway home before grabbing our traditional post-race Chipotle, but traffic was kind of bad getting out. So we just went to the closest one in Polaris.
Gotta love those Pi Day 5K medals! Last year, the digits of pi were designed to be a sun-catcher, and everyone loved it, so they made even more of it into a sun-catcher this year! As per usual, the medal is 3 1/4 inches. Newrds.
Not sure if we will do this race in the future, just because it's kind of far away. I have enjoyed this race though, so I would probably continue to do it if I lived in the area. It's just that there are other races closer to me that I've never done before and would like to try. Regardless, it was fun. I'm just glad that it was warm rain and not cold rain!
PS: No training recap this week! Will resume next week (i.e. in a couple days).