Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Race Recap – Dasher 10K

Last week, Robert and I signed up for a 10K on a whim; we noticed that there was a Christmas themed race (the Rudolph Fun Run – Dasher 10K) close to our home here in Houston on Saturday. While I had a long run of 11 miles planned that same day, I felt like a fun run would be a great way to start off the weekend. Plus, I had never run a Christmas themed race before and I was excited! (By the way, I did get my 11 miles done; I ran the 10K then headed to the gym to do 5 miles on the treadmill.)

I was pleasantly surprised when we got our race packets; it included a nice tech shirt, hammer gel (apple cinnamon flavor – can’t wait to try it!), hot chocolate with peppermints, mini Biofreeze packet, and mini single-use hand sanitizers. Also pictured below is the medal we received when we finished the race.

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The race start was at 8 AM so Robert and I got up around 6:30 AM to eat breakfast and get ready. We dressed up too of course! I wore reindeer antlers and Robert wore his Goofy Santa hat from Disney World. We headed out and were immediately assaulted by the weather. It was freezing! Wind + extreme cold = no fun for this Texan.

When we arrived to the pre-race area, we met up with our Team RWB friends and promptly followed a large portion of the race crowd into a yoga apparel store. I was so grateful that they were open as it was nice and warm! The store was packed with people trying to escape the cold, but we were all able to get some stretches in, and pass the time with fun conversation and photos! One of our friends even dressed up at Cindy Lou Who from How the Grinch Stole Christmas. I loved it!

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About 5-10 minutes to race start, we walked outside the store and were right at the start line – so incredibly convenient! I attempted to start my Garmin, but it literally would not respond to any of the buttons I pushed. I have had my Garmin Forerunner 10 for barely a year, and I am pretty sure it has reached the end of its life (I’ll give it one more try this weekend, but it’s been acting up for a few weeks now). Oh well. The wind was blowing strong that morning and I could not hear what the speakers were saying before the starting horn went off, so all of a sudden everyone began running, and I followed suit!

I stayed with Robert and our RWB friends for probably about the first mile or so, and then I felt warmed up so I headed off to run at my own pace, and let them run their paces as well. I admired everyone’s costumes as I ran, and realized how good I felt. I wasn’t going for a PR that day, I just ran as I felt comfortable…ok, ok, maybe a little faster than my normal training speed. I mean, it is a race after all, right?!

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After the first 4 miles, I noticed something I have never seen before; the police truck that was monitoring the end of the race (it was a double loop course). A couple minutes later, I lapped them! *pause for reaction* I couldn’t help but smile a little at this new experience, but I pressed onwards, starting to wonder about my pace. It wouldn’t be long until I found out, and a little over a mile later, I crossed the finish line feeling fantastic, and received an adorable medal with a reindeer on it. No PR for me, but I did finish in 56:21 (most importantly, no cramps like at the Believe! 10K the week before)! Not too shabby at all.

A few minutes later, I watched and cheered as Robert finished the race in 1:05:10. That is his second week in a row to PR in the 10K distance!

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After everyone had crossed the finish line, we got a few snacks, some water, and took a picture with Santa Clause. It did not take long for the cold to start affecting us again, and the fact that we were all sweaty did not help at all. So although nobody stayed too long after the race, Robert and I had a blast running with our Team RWB group and cannot wait to do it again!

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QOTD: Have you ever done a Christmas themed race?

14 comments

  1. I would love to do a Christmas race, maybe next year. The snowflake/reindeer medal is so cute. Sounds like everyone was doing what I did at the Halloween race last year. A cold front came through so we all huddled in a sports store to stay warm.

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    1. Yes!! The store was packed with people lol! Those darn cold fronts need to stay away on race days :)

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  2. I love themed races! That snowflake medal is adorable! ( I especially like when the medal mimics the theme of the race, know what I mean?) ~M

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    1. Same here! And yup I definitely know what you mean - much like how runDisney does their medals :)

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  3. You guys are awesome! Can't wait to do a run with you!

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    1. Thanks April!! We definitely need to sign up for a race together soon!! :0)

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    1. Thanks! I just love the little reindeer on the medal :)

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  5. Cute medal! Good job enjoying the run without worrying about time - what a nice gift to yourself.:) I'm doing my first Christmas themed race this weekend - an Ugly Sweater run. I'll let you know how it goes! - Jess

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    1. An Ugly Sweater run would be SO FUN! I haven't seen a race like that here in Houston yet though. I can't wait to read about it!!

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    1. It was so much fun! Thanks Karen :)

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  7. Aw, cute! Love the medal! You know I'll take any excuse I get to dress up/run a themed race, so Christmas races are ALWAYS a blast! Glad you had such a great time!

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    1. Races are always a fantastic excuse to dress up in a running costume, though who needs an excuse, right?! lol! I loved the spirit of the Christmas-y race though. I will definitely be doing one every year now!

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