This summer I’ve been participating in a local road race series called the “Let’s Run, Have Some Fun & Be Fit Series”
These races are part of a 5 race series (one in every summer month from May – September). Each run has a musical theme: Blues, Beatles, Reggae, The Grateful Dead and U2. The race is a 4.2 mile loop around the Charles River, culminating in a party at the end with free food, beer and live music! People dress up, run hard and drink beer, what could be bad?
I had the good fortune to run with my two favorite running buddies, Krista and Dan for three of these races this summer. We had done a couple of these races last year and loved them.
Our race prep can be a bit crazy, as there’s no bag drop, the parking lot is a mile away and the run takes place around a river path that goes through some wooded areas. But after working out the kinks doing this race last year; we’ve got our race prep/post kit down pat!
- Blue Nylon Bag: For shirts and keys and cells that we stash somewhere during the race
- Pink Nylon bag: I run with that (it has my cell phone, $$ and ID!)
- Bug spray wipes (to run with for post race wipe-down)
- Hand wipes (same reason as above)
- Energy bar for pre-race fuel
- Beer, Popchips and water bottle (left hand side) all courtesy of the race for post-race funtime!
I told you we were serious! There’s nothing worse than finishing the race and being a sweaty, bug-bitten mess and not being able to find your friends because you don’t have a cell (um, we learned that lesson the hard way last year, so we prep this year!)
In June, we tackled the “Reggae Ramble” race; it was a hot summer night, and the beer was cold! I finished in about 42:05 (according to gun time; no chips here!); a 10:01 pace. This race is extremely crowded and more than half of it, we’re required to stay on sidewalks so the crowd slooooows down a little bit; so I was fine with that time! The three of us spent the night drinking beers, nibbling some food and rocking out to some Reggae. A great way to spend a Thursday.
In July, we participated in the July Event, “Jerry Garcia Memorial Fun Run”.
I felt great during the first 3 miles of the race, strong and energetic. When I came around the corner to finish miles 3.2-4.2, my stomach and I got into a big fight. I was really nauseous and had to stop and walk a couple of times in that mile, which always kills me since its so close to the end! I saw all these people who I had been smoking by, blow past me, and I was frustrated! I managed to finish the last 1/2 mile strong ; but my time came in at42:25 (10:06). I ended up pushing aside some girls in the corral (sorry runners!) to hand my bib to the race official and go sit down in the grass. I thought I was going to puke for sure. Thankfully everything stayed where it was (TMI?)
Our final race was the “Twist and Shout Beatles Run” – as you can see; it was getting a bit dark out by the time I made it across the finish line (booo to the end of summer – but the view’s not bad, hello sailor….)
I had a great race! After July’s “near-puking”; I just kept things slow and steady for the whole 4.2 miles; I ended up finishing in 43:50 (I think, official times weren’t posted; but that was what my Garmin said); and felt great.
I got to see these two smiling faces at the end of the race with beers in hand; not a bad way to end the series!
We spent the night out rocking out to the Beatles cover band; they were awesome! We knew most of the words to the songs; cool kids do 🙂
Another great running series done and done!
Question: Favorite race you’ve done this summer?