Location: Pensacola Beach, FL
Date: November 30th, 2013
Time: 8 am
Place: 34/123 (overall), 2/10(AG) 11/72 (gender)
Race: 19 (ever), 14 (year)
I ran this race last year, I was still healing from PF. My review was rather lacking.
Packet pick-up was easy, done in the 20 minutes before the race began.
Temps were cold!
The course was pretty, the best part of this run, and so close to home. Since we had a storm the other day, sections of the road were covered in sand, making it a little harder to run on.
I had partied for ten hours the day before, but still felt confident enough for a PR. I started off fast, my legs feeling heavy but good. I opted for music, which typically hurts my 5k, and might have here as well, but I felt it was too far and too cold for me to manage without. I needed distraction!
I pretty much stuck a little bit behind one woman the entire time, until the last half to quarter mile. I had enough to kick it and leave her behind. The last mile was also pretty crowded, though. A lot of the walkers were bringing it in around then.
The after-party... lacked booze. WHAT?! I thought that they had mimosas or something last year. But no. They had chili which was good. They had posted results and I saw that I placed second in my age group, so we waited, and waited and waited for the awards to start. THEN, after all that time and all the freezing... First place awards only. It sucked.
The t shirt is pretty lack-luster, the lack of booze horrid and I can complain and say I won't run this race next year... But, I probably will. It is only a little bit from my house and I love the course and the opportunity to run off turkey and pie. All I can do is hope next year is better :)