Somehow I thought it would be an awesome idea to run the Runner’s World Half and Festival Hat Trick, which consist of a 5K, 10K and Half Marathon all in one weekend. Saturday morning would begin the journey to completing the Hat Trick, with the 5K at 8am and the 10K at 9:30am.
There were two shuttles leaving the hotel that morning, one at 6:15 am and one at 6:45 am, half of of the bloggers had to be on the first bus and since I LOVE being early I hopped on that one. It was a cold morning, temperature was in the 40’s and the wind was blowing. I decided to wear shorts and a T-shirt anyhow, I figured I’d rather freeze waiting for the start than be overheated during the races. In the end it was the right decision, although it was freezing!
My plan for the 5K and 10K was to run them at a 10 minute mile pace because I didn’t want to wear myself out before the half. I lined up with Katy and her friend Jamie, who were running around 9 minute miles, and I decided I would stay with them as long as I could.
Now the start of this race was a little strange, because normally you would think that it starts at the start line, right??? Wrong. As we made our way up to the start, no one was running. Katy was like we are starting why isn’t anyone running, so we started running after the start around all the walkers, wondering why no one else was running. Then we realized that the 5K didn’t actually start at the start line, it started after the start line, definitely confused us and many other people too!!!
The course was hilly, but Katy made the run so enjoyable I barely noticed that my pace was a minute faster than I planned. I felt great at the finish, but scared that I still had the 10K at 9:30 am and the half the following day.
At least I was still smiling as I crossed the finish line!
I had an hour between the 5K and the 10K, thankfully there was an inside area where we could wait, rather than freezing outside. The 10K actually started at the the start line, so there was no confusion this time. I line up with Katy and Jamie again, but I planned to slow it down to a ten minute mile pace, so I figured I wouldn’t stay with them too long.
The 10K was my own race, I pretty much ran alone the first half, which was mostly uphill. By the third mile I was ready to cry, I actually didn’t think I was going to make it, but then the downhill portion started. As I was running downhill I heard someone calling my name, which pretty much surprised me as most of the other bloggers were faster than me. It was Theodora!! She had actually started further back in the corral than me, which is why she ended up behind me. Since she didn’t have any goals for this race, she paced me. I am thankful for her company and motivation through the last three miles, as I really am not sure I would have made it without walking if it wasn’t for her. I know I would never have come in under an hour if she hadn’t been there.
Thanks Theodora!! You are awesome!!
I felt awesome!!!! Two races down, one to go!!! The Five and Dime portion of the Hat Trick was complete!
My Half recap will be up in a few days!!!!
Have you ever run two races in one day?