Today I woke up to the sound of rain.
I love rainy days. Even more so, when California is in a massive drought!
Today was also a collaborative race between my favorite race company Brazen Racing, and another local Bay Area Race company, Represent Running.
This is the second year Brazen has helped host this race, but it’s the first year they offered a 5k along with the 10k.
I’m thankful for the added distance, only because I’m still not supposed to be running. So, after a seamless bib pickup, I went over and changed distances.
This race starts rather late in comparison to all other races because it is hosted at the Golden Gate Fields Horse Track. Due to horse track time, and the actual horse races we only have a 2 hour allotment for the entire race.
Starting at 10am meant that it was slightly warmer than I wanted it to be, which equaled out to more humidity. Plus with a record of 5000 participants (three times larger than last years race) it was just…stuffy.
I’m sure my constant grumpiness over not being able to run didn’t help my mood today…but I honestly woke up with the intention of having a good day. I’ve been dealing with so much lately and it’s just wearing me down.
We started in a corral that was divided into 3 areas, but I don’t think many people paid attention to it. There was a charity group that allowed 200 kids to run the race for free. As wonderful as it is to afford children the opportunity to get out and run…to me it was kind of a headache. Unfortunately Sam, our awesome race director for Brazen didn’t so the pre-race announcements. This race is more of Represent Runnings thing, with Brazen helping to keep it organized. So, no instructions were given to the many new runners on the course and it made for some unsafe moments. One of my least favorite things. The 5k and the 10k started together and then the 5k made a quick turn around slightly less than a mile into the race. There were so many runners coming down the line that weren’t paying attention, so when the 5k’ers tried to turn around there were a few collisions…myself included. I did not get hurt, but I was annoyed.
The 10k course goes along the water and is actually pretty nice. The 5k course starts by the water, but turns back to the parking lot, up a small trail, and back to the parking lot….it wasn’t really all that exciting.
My extended leave of absence from running, and from any consist cardio was very apparent today. And quit frankly it bummed me out.
Yesterday I signed up for a new gym for the sole purpose of it having a pool and spin classes. I’m supposed to start half marathon training on Monday for Disney’s Rebel Challenge in January, and so I need something to take the place of running in the interim. After today, I know I have no other options.
At the end of the race you run on the actual horse race track which is made of synthetic and…squishy material. My ankle was not fond of it. I was happy once the race was done.
We stayed to watch the kids race and then called it a day.
Of course I still had an overall good time. But I did feel a little…disappointed. I’m so used to running Brazen Races and am so spoiled by their epic way of running things that running a race mostly put on by another company kind of threw me off. Brazen handled the bib pick ups and, shirts and medals and all that. Represent Running handled the start of the race and apparently the course marking – because it was not done in the typical Brazen Way.
Also the amount of people was a little overwhelming. I’m so used to the smaller, tighter knit, Brazen crowd!
Next year is going to be a much quieter year in the terms of races, and this is probably one I will be leaving off the list.
Another race is done, and the streak continues.