Friday, July 5, 2019

4th of July 5k



Yesterday I ran a 4th of July 5k race. The only thing patriotic about it was that it was on the 4th and the Star Spangled Banner was sung.


When I arrived at the race
it was already hot and humid and I felt like it should have started at 7am rather than 8 am.



I ran into an old friend and we chatted a bit until it was time to line up. 


Once we lined up I saw my Uncle running it as well. As soon as the song was over the horn blew and we were off. No countdown or anything. That threw me off a bit because I didn't have my watch nor my ipod ready to go.

The first mile I was moving and clocked in at 6:50. I was feeling good but knew a huge hill was soon coming up so I needed to save some energy. When I got to the hill it felt like I was never going to get to the top of it. Once I did, it was a pretty steep incline down and I almost felt like I was going to wipe out so I was a bit more cautious down it. Then it was a flat fast road to the finish line. I saw a few ladies up ahead that I was trying to pass but just didn't have it in the tank today but it turns out neither one was in my age group anyways.


After crossing the finish line I went to the results board to see if I placed and I did. I placed second in my age group. We waited for the awards ceremony and I received a towel car seat cover. Which is more useful than another medal. 

What useful race swag have you received other than a medal? -L




23 comments:

  1. Congrats Lacey! You are having a great year of running. I think the tree that I received at my last race was probably the most unusual race swag I've ever gotten!

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  2. Great job on your race! I"ve had some unique swag, but the oddest award I received was from a race on an airport strip...I was the 1st place Master (I think?), and I was rewarded an aviator scarf. Very symbolic, but I have never worn it LOL

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    1. Oh I would love that gift. Very fitting for my profession.

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  3. I have gotten a few glasses and mugs. Love useful swag.

    Congrats on a great race.

    I skipped our race. Too hot. Went boating instead.

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    1. Boating sounds very relaxing and much cooler than running a race.

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  4. Congratulations! It looks like your outfit was patriotic too! I once won "party lights" at a July 4th race - like Christmas lights but red, white, and blue. We use them to decorate our mantel.

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  5. Great job, Lacey! That is useful. I love getting mugs or pint glasses for awards. They're super useful! I skipped my race b/c it was 4 miles and 30 miles away. I went out with a big group for a birthday celebration run instead and I was glad I did! It was hot and humid here and that's my kryptonite. How was your weather?

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    1. it was super hot here as well, and that big hill on the course didn't help.

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  6. Oh, very nice swag! Congrats! Yes, we wish our 9 am race started earlier, too. It's a relatively large race (over 2000 runners) & it is patriotic with a huge flag & there's always a guy in a neighborhood playing Coming to America. I wonder if he just plays it on a loop because I hear it every year!

    Also, I definitely wish there had been a flat finish, the last hill just killed me.

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    1. I wish ours had more of a patriotic theme. We had a big hill a mile and half down the course and it was brutal.

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  7. Awesome job and I love that they gave you a towel seat cover instead of a medal. I totally need to get one of these for my car. Right now I use a regular towel but it never stays in place, lol.

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    1. I was pretty excited about that swag since I have been wanting to get on myself.

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  8. wow that is super speedy! Congrats to you and I do like the idea of a seat towel. I could use one those this week for sure!

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  9. I originally read that as you won a toilet seat cover - BWWAHHHHAAHAHAHA - had to go back & reread that one :)

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  10. Rebecca you literally had me lol. That would be the strangest swag ever if that was the case, but heck it sure would be useful....haha.

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  11. Congrats on finishing! I e never received much useful swag! I may need to find other races eh?

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  12. Congrats on that age group placement! The towel seat cover is good idea and definitely sounds useful.

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  13. Congrats Lacey on placing in your age group! I love the idea of a car seat cover for after sweaty runs - that's a really practical prize. I've won a couple of pint glasses which are handy, but my favorite age group placement prices are gift certificates to our local running store. Those rock!

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  14. Great job placing!!! I love running. I'm a terrible runner, but I love it haha I'm glad we have little to no humidity here though because, goodness, humid runs are HARD haha!

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  15. Congrats Lacey! Your award sounds like the perfect thing for a sweaty runner! The AG award that stands out for me is cold, hard cash! Does that make me a pro?? :P

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