Egg Shell Shuffle 5k

Egg Shell Shuffle 5k complete!! (Warning: Lots of pics)!

This morning started out bright and early at about 6:40 am. The race didn’t start until 9:15 am, but I woke up early just so that I could drink a cup of coffee. I typically don’t drink coffee before races because I already use the bathroom enough as it is, but today I had my coffee.

We got to the race site at about 8:05 am, and the parking lot was already full, so we parked nearby on a side street. We met up with my dad, Sue, and Marlene shortly after we arrived.

Messing around:

My dad: The official bag holder, photographer, and baby sitter.

Thanks, Dad! You’re awesome!

The Easter bunny came out and said hello. He danced with Jaden, but don’t let Jaden’s face fool you – he was terrified.

The half marathon started at 8:30 am, and the 5k started at 9:15 am. Everything started on time which was nice, and I had time to go to the bathroom four times before the race. No joke – four times.

I was unsure what to wear since the weather was mild, around 40 degrees, but I knew that I would heat up quickly. There was also a little bit of a cold wind. I ended up wearing long shorts, Zensah calf sleeves, a short sleeve shirt, and a long sleeve dry fit shirt.

It seemed to work pretty well. I did get warm the last mile, so I just pushed up my sleeves.

I also got to wear my new Garmin 10 for the race! I got it as a Christmas present but haven’t been able to wear it yet because I haven’t run outside since last fall.

The first two miles went pretty good. I felt pretty good and had a good pace going. I’m slow and steady. After the first two miles things got harder – my calves started to get really tight. They haven’t been too bad on the treadmill, but with running outside and the hills and stuff, they didn’t want to cooperate. It was tough.

Three miles might not seem like a lot, but for me it is. Running is work for me. Hard work. The last mile, these thoughts started going through my head: I should have stayed at home in bed, Why the hell did I sign up to run a 15k in June, and Is it over yet, please let it be over.

I spotted Danny, and I knew that I must be close to the finish. I practically threw my iPod at him and took off. I can’t stand to wear my iPod a whole race, it starts to bug me.

I crossed the finish line and mine chip time was 31:48!! I was very very happy with that! My average 5k time used to be 36 minutes, so I am definitely improving. I placed #14 for my age group (30-34) out of 50 women, so I was also pleased with that.

After the race, I chatted with LosingLindy and her son. How awesome that they ran the 5k together! My kids just sat there and played their iPods the whole time. Great job, Lindy and V!

Danny, Marlene, and Sue are speedy!! Danny did awesome finishing in 25:09.

My stepmom did really good too (she’s another speedy one), and Marlene won second place for her age group!!

The prizes were Easter baskets and water bottles with gels instead of medals.

Great job guys!

The kids egg hunt started at 11:15am, and the kids had fun picking up all the eggs. The Easter bunny was also there handing out eggs, which was nice.

The adult egg hunt was crazy!

A whole bunch of adults running after eggs is chaos. Every time I bent down to get an egg someone would swipe in out from underneath me or trample me. Jeesh. I did manage to get a few eggs though.

There were some good prizes for the egg hunt but all my eggs were filled with candy.

With 7,000 eggs and only a handful of prizes, your chances of winning were pretty slim.

I enjoyed the race overall. I think it was well set-up, there was a good amount of porta potties, a lot of volunteers, lots of post race food, and I love love love getting a finisher’s medal. It makes me feel accomplished :)

I didn’t think the egg hunt was all that great. First, it started two hours after the 5k. I know they have to do awards and stuff, but that makes for a long day. Also, the adult egg hunt was just way too crazy. I would run the Egg Shell Shuffle 5k again but probably wouldn’t bother to stay for the egg hunt.

After the race, I treated myself to an iced coffee.

Then, we stopped by my dad’s house to borrow some chairs for tomorrow, and he showed me some more of the eggs he made.

How awesome is this mermaid?!

Have a great day and a wonderful Easter tomorrow!!


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25 Responses to Egg Shell Shuffle 5k

  1. Well done on completing the race!
    Happy Easter to you too!

  2. Nice job on the race! I would have been really mad if people were taking eggs out from under my hands. That seems rude to me!

  3. It was so great to see you guys! I felt really sore after the race. By the time we got home my belly hurt and I have a fever. I hope you don’t get sick. I can’t eat anything. :(

  4. Happy Easter & congrats on the 5K, looks like it was a blast! Your dad is a talented fellow!

  5. I’m so glad that overall your race day was a good one! Waiting two hours to hunt for eggs doesn’t sound like fun to me, either. Your finishers medal is really cool, too! Those Easter Eggs your dad makes are out of this world, really. I’ve never seen anything like it.

  6. Your dad is crazy talented with those egg decorations. Wow!! And congrats on your 5k!! That’s great. Another blogger I read was going to run the half marathon. I gotta admit, I’m wicked jealous of your very colorful bling!! Congrats, again!

  7. Congrats on the new time! I did the half today, but walked away empty-handed at the egg hunt. It was fun nonetheless!

  8. Teresa @

    Looks like you had a great day!! Good job on the race and your dad is super talented!!

  9. Happy Easter and congrats on the 5k!

    I am a fellow slow and steady runner, and the 5k is my least favorite distance since its all about speed! I did a 15k a few weeks ago and loved it!!! After the first few miles your body will find a good rhythm and it’ll seem easier than a 5k- at least that’s what I found. Can’t wait to hear how it goes!

    • Great advice – thanks! I never thought about the 5k being about speed, but you’re right because it’s such a short distance! At least with the 15k I can slow my pace down a bit :)

  10. Great job at the 5K. Wasn’t the weather pretty great, especially considering how it was last week?! Looks like a lot of fun!

  11. Congrats on the run! It looks like it was a fun one… and those prizes are so fun!

  12. shannonjoe

    What a great time!! I ran a Jelly bean virtual 5k this evening in 38:15-almost my slowest time ever. I had gotten down to around 32 minutes in the fall, but haven’t been running regular. Yep, I paid for it! :)

    Your dad’s eggs were amazing!

    How cool is that to get an easter basket??? I should have bought something for myself and set it up in my kitchen for after my virtual 5k. HA!


  13. yo

    Really! You only ran a 5k. You wore sleeves for that? And only ran a 10 min mile? And you have a Garmin? Wow, you would think you were a faster runner with all that fancy attire!. Ha Ha!

    • I have compartment syndrome so unfortunately my calves are constantly tight and painful. Rather than get surgery, I opt to wear calf sleeves which help with compression and blood flow in my calves. So, it benefits me to wear them whether I run 1 mile or 10 miles. I try not to let things hold me back from doing the things I enjoy, like running. :)

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