There's not really much to this race report, since it was a small, inaugural 5k in a small town. I think there was only 100 or so runners, so yeah, SMALL!
I left the house around 6ish, since I wasn't sure how long it would take me to get to Palatka. On the way there, I was treated to a beautiful sunrise, which my horrible camera couldn't do justice. For me, there is just such beauty in an open field and a sunrise!
|Beautiful, foggy, 2-lane sunrise!|
|Fog on open fields with a gorgeous sunrise!|
|The starting area is where all those people are|
|Large swag bag!|
|Race shirt, steel water bottle, lots more stuff|
|Water fountain, unfortunately not working|
|Plaque for Veteran's Memorial Plaza|
|Is that a big torpedo, or are you happy to see me?|
|Veteran's Memorial Fountain, looking towards the finish line|
|Palatka Clock Tower|
|Start AND Finish Line|
|Ubr (Ultimate Breakfast Round), bagged cereal, bagged snacks (also, bananas and oranges on the other side)|
|Dunkin Donuts coffee, Pop-Tarts, granola bars, cereal bars, Welch's fruit snacks|
|Yummy - Dunkin' Donuts Chocolate Glazed Cake Donut|
After getting my Garmin and my Nike+ going, we lined up and took off!
Mile 1 came up quick (well, kinda quick) and luckily, there was water!
|Mile 1 and Water Stop|
|Mile 2, and another water stop!|
|They're the group with the green shirts|
I passed Mile 3 and I was in the homestretch, so I gave it just a bit more and trotted on through the finish line.
|Mile 3! Finish is right around the corner|
Yay! I finished under 50 minutes, officially 49:42.
|Boom, finished with a smile!|
|This pic was taken maybe 10 minutes after I finished, and I was STILL that red in the face!|
Thank you, race director, or whoever was the smart person who had ice cold water and frosty wet washcloths at the finish line! I plopped a cloth on my head and tried not to pass out and I accepted my medal and chugged that water.
|They were so cold, they hurt my teeth|
|A sopping-wet one of these got plopped right on top of my head, and another one on my chest|
|Quizno's Ham and Turkey sammiches, leftover donuts|
|Beck was raffling off a new car!|
|Not a bad amount of cans for a tiny race|
Once the race was over, I headed back to the car and found a gas station I could change clothes at, then headed to Golden Corral for breakfast. It ended up being brunch, because apparently they put lunch stuff on the buffet all day now? Nothing weirder then fried chicken, mashed potatoes, bacon and macaroni and cheese all on the same plate.
With nothing much else to do in Palatka, once I was fit to bust, I headed home and vegged on the couch!
Oh, and before I forget - check out all the fun swag!!
|Beck had given out a bunch of these buckets to local businesses, but they had plenty left over, so we were able to grab one|
|Sunblock / Aloe, Pens, Cup, Post-Its, Lip Balm, Clip Magnets and aforementioned Steel Water Bottle|
|A trifecta of can coozies|
|Generic Lock Laces (with Beck logo!), big Clif Bar|
|Bumble & Bumble hair care, Welch's fruit snacks, pill container, keychain, carwash coupon, jar opener|
|Unisex tech tee|
|BBQ Popped Crisps, Froot Loops, Pop-Tarts, CTC Cereal Bar, more fruit snacks|
|Post-Its, magnet clips, post-it books|
|Lens cloth (great for cameras and iThings), sunblock/aloe, measuring tape, keychain flashlight, breathmints|
|LOTS of different styles of pens (I'm a pen snob and these were GREAT pens!)|
|Inside of those Post-It note books - Big ones, small ones, tiny ones! I keep it in my purse I always need to jot notes!|