|Exploring the lily pond before the race|
|Waterfall near the lily pond|
This was the inaugural race for the Pride 5k and they still have a few kinks to work out, but overall I had a good time. Typically, a few days before packet pickup there's an email reminder with directions (time, place, etc). I didn't get receive anything and ended up missing it completely. Thankfully they also offered packet pickup at the race so I was still able to grab my swag which was pretty nice! We received a drawstring bag, tshirt, and various other goodies including a pedometer in the bag.
|Eric and I pre-race (sweet shirts right!?)|
Eric and I started together towards the front and shortly after he broke away with the front of the pack and I hung back a little to keep an easy pace. The air was dense with fog and I found myself slowing considerably to focus on my breathing. For the first time in about a year I started to feel a bit of cramping in my side. Things weren't looking good for me after the first mile but I just kept chugging along.
|crazy dense fog along the lake, it was like breathing soup|
Eric was there waiting for me and we exchanged stories about our run as we searched for a table to claim. We enjoyed a post-race beverage and watched the crowd as it transformed into a sort of rave-club-feel atmosphere. This race wasn't timed and much more about the party and fun than speedy finishes. Even so, according to my Nike+ app I clocked a new PR so I'm still reeling from that accomplishment. If you're looking for a run, no pressure race this is a great one with some really fun swag.
|post-race celebratory beverages|
|cool landscape we stumbled upon walking back to the car|