Last week, I ran yet another 5K (the second within a week and you can read about the Mamavation Virtual 5k here). Yay! I’ve had a really hard time motivating myself to get out and run lately, so this really helped reignite that fire.
Log Your Run’s Time: 34:10
Official Gun to Gate Time: 34:04
Official Chip Time (Gate to Gate): 33:45
Overall Place: 75/105
Overall Place by Sex: 33/54
Best time in the stroller race? 17 minutes. 17 MINUTES! The guy was a beast. I must have looked like an idiot as I watched him pass by me, because running is hard enough without having to pick up your jaw up from the ground as you try not to trip over it.
But really, the guy was on fire.
Stroller race finish times ranged from 17:00 to 49:35, making it the tightest of all the races for the day. I’d like to think it says a lot about our community’s dedication to family activity, too, but that’s my spin.
A little review of Surf City Run
I’ve been in the Huntington Beach 4th of July parade about 6 or 7 times, so I’ve seen this race happen for years. On top of that, there are always tons of people hanging out on the parade route before the parade starts, so this race has built-in cheerleaders and who doesn’t like to have someone cheering them on? I ran with Toby & Cameron in the jogger together, so there were lots of “AWWW LOOK AT THE CHIHUAHUA”s and “AWWWW THE BABY AND THE DOG ARE SITTING TOGETHER”s. Which also meant lots of indulgent smiling, and have you ever tried smiling when you run? It feels silly, but I like to think it helps keep up the energy.
This race itself was very well organized with an awesome fitness expo, although I wasn’t sure what to do with my timing chip at the end (turns out they’re disposable), and the post-race water/fruit/etc could have probably been more visible or on a clearer path.
I also didn’t realize that there were two different finish gates – one for the stroller run, one for the open run – and the teenage girls volunteering kind of waved me in that direction, but I got a little confused by it. Might have helped to have bigger signs, or even signs at the bend leading to the finish line. However, those are just nit-picky kinda details, and it was overall a good event. The path itself was very well marked and Main St. is just lovely anyway. You really can’t ask for a better running route. Most of all, I love that this race benefits the Junior Lifeguards.
I got super lucky that this 4th of July was so cool and overcast. I mean, there was a fine, cool mist all morning that let up just as I was getting to the starting gate. It was absolutely perfect weather, which I guess I should have expected, considering that Huntington Beach exists under this perfect, utopian weather bubble. It’s pretty much the reason I live here.
I had less time to warm up than I did for Race on the Base, but I had a pretty good walk from the car to the race site, so that served as a decent warm up. I made the best of my remaining time and got a good stretch in before making my way to the chute, then it was time to take off.
I hadn’t considered how much more difficult it would be to make my way to a more comfortable place in the pack (read: get out of the walkers’ zone and get out of the sprinters’ collective way) WHEN EVERYONE HAS A STROLLER. However, that was about the most awkward part of the race.
Like I said, Toby was really popular, and at one point, I was running next to another mom whose toddler kept saying “Dog! Dog!”, so we kept pace with each other for a little while and her kid was super stoked about having Toby as company.
I did up my pace this time around, holding down a solid 5.5 mph, and again, no walking except to roll out my ankle at the mile 2 mark. I made the mistake of leaving my armband at home, though, and I love having music on when I run. HUGE change, but it worked out nonetheless. Once I wasn’t in a huge crowd, I turned on my running playlist and played it just loud enough to hear the backbeat clearly (and I’m pretty sure that’s when Cameron fell asleep). And again, I finished with the song “Runaway Baby.”
I’m super excited that this race was better than my first despite being my first race with the jogger – I really wasn’t sure what to expect, but training with the jogger really seems to have paid off. Next on the list: Labor Day 10k!