We were up nice and early this morning to run the inaugural April Fool’s 5k. The race was literally five minutes from our house, and we arrived about 7:15 am, which was probably a little too early. I like getting to races a little early though, so I can find my family, get the kids settled, and use the bathroom.
My dad and stepmom came to watch the kids and support us. The race started exactly on time and there was about 400 runners. The course was very narrow, but it wasn’t as much as a problem as I expected. The very fast runners did end up lapping the slower runners and walkers.
We ran the course 2.75 times, and veered off on the third lap to the finish line. Danny got a PR and finished in 23:56! He came in first place for his age group! That’s his first time winning a first place medal, and I am so proud of him!
I finished in 31:44, which is four seconds better than last week’s race. I felt pretty good running, but I started out too fast and was really losing steam towards the end. I’m still happy with my time.
For a first time race, I thought they did a pretty good job. There was music, enough bathrooms, the race started on time, and there was a water station that you passed three times. I think this is the first race where I didn’t get water. They also had a lot of food at the end – bananas, apple slices from McDonald’s, granola bars, and cookies.
The only negative thing was how they did the awards. They read the names way too fast, and there was a long line to get the medals. I saw two ladies actually get the wrong medals because the volunteers were flustered trying to hand all the medals out quickly. They should have called the names slower and handed out the medals one at a time – but that’s just my opinion.
All the first place winners in each age group were also given an envelope. When Danny went to get his envelope, they didn’t have it. I am assuming they gave his envelope to someone else, and he finally ended up getting someone else’s envelope because it’s all they had left.
I think the same thing was in each envelope – just a massage coupon and some flyers, so it really wasn’t a big deal. But next year, the awards definitely need to be more organized.
The only other thing I wasn’t thrilled about was how narrow the course was – I think it worked okay today, but with any more people, it would have been crazy.
Overall, I enjoyed the race, and I am so proud of Danny’s first place!
After the 5k, I ate back all the calories I burned because we went to Dunkin Donut were I drank coffee and ate two donuts. Great.
Thankfully, we don’t really have anything else planned for the rest of the day, so it’ll be nice just to relax!
Good luck to my stepmom tomorrow at the Shamrock Shuffle in Chicago! Danni from the Biggest Loser is also running it, which should be fun. Good luck, Sue!
Have a great afternoon!