Sunday, September 20, 2015

Hulk Smash! Sam Strong 5k Race Report

September in Florida can either be the death spawn of Satan, or it can be the beautiful beginning of fall. Generally, it’s the spawn of Satan.  Today was no different.

The drive to Newberry was quiet and quick, and I got to Newberry High School a little later than last year, which meant that I had to park across the street, near the football field. It still gave me plenty of time to go pick up my packet, walk around the little “expo”, hit the potty and return to my car, though.

I love that Campus USA Credit Union gives out these little bags for runners. They have muscle gel (like BioFreeze), WetOnes wipes, some bandages, moleskin and pain reliever. There’s other stuff in there, but I never get a good photo of what’s in there!

Zip-top bags of runner goodies!
For all your painful, poopy or bleeding needs!
I joked with the rep that I was gonna take all of the ones on the table, and she told me to feel free to take as many as I wanted. So I ended up with 4 (though, I really would’ve taken them all!).

There was a nice note from the Hersom family in the bag again this year, thanking us for running.  Learn more about Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy here.

Nice letter from the Hersom Family
This year’s theme was the Incredible Hulk. Sam loves superheroes!  We got a cool sticker in our bag, with the logo.

Nice vinyl sticker - mine is on my treadmill corkboard
We also got a really soft tee (not tech, but I’m okay with that) which also had the logo on it. 

It's a nice dark grey heather - and very comfy!
Mani shot!  In honor of the Hulk, my nails were green with an accent of purple, in honor of his purple pants.

Sparkly green, dark purple - C'mon Get Happy Custom SparkleSkirt
I made my way up towards the start line, which was already getting busy, and I saw my run buddy, Betty! I didn’t know she was going to run this. Yay!

Hi Betty!
A fair amount of runners

Ready to go!
After a nice rendition of the Star Spangled Banner, we took off into the hot Florida September summer.  As always, I quickly fell behind everyone else, and ended up behind this cute Mom/Kiddo duo.

Yes, a 2 year old in diapers is beating me
The Mile Run and the 5k took off at the same time, and at the turnaround for the Mile, there was adequate signage!

Nobody cares if your arms are tired
I made it to Mile 1!

It's blurry, like my vision
Thanks to Dave Chapelle pretending to be Rick James, and some thug who tagged a train car, any time I see a train, I immediately think about Fuck Yo Couch.  Alas, no couch fucking on this train. Moving on.  It’s hard to see the sign, but we’re going right.

Just a boring brown train
<insert tiny voice here> Turn this way
I saw the cutest little rat of a dog running with their owner, and the fact that they had a cute little cape practically forced me to take a photo of it.  When he pranced, the cape fluttered. 

Is that Wishbone?  Ah, I'm old
The Caped Canine and I made it to Mile 2!

Yep, I'm getting beat by a dog with 2 inch long legs
As you can see, Mile 2 was apparently uneventful, because here’s Mile 3!  I’m close to the finish, and I’m so done. Unfortunately, I have to run past the school, then come back in the bus loop from the other way.

It looks really boring over here, but the finish line is to the left, out of shot
But, here’s the finisher chute, let’s finish strong! Hell, let’s just finish. 

Get outta the way, I'm comin' in HOT!
I finished!

Literally the same medal as last year
First stop, sno cone!

Grape sno cone!
Next stop, check my pathetic results.  Yep, that’s pretty bad.  In fact, I broke a record… for SLOWEST 5k ever… 

The chick in the reflection looks a lot happier than I feel
My official time was 52:37. I came in 28th in my age group (out of 40).  I was #143 out of 165 total runners, so I at least beat 21 people.

I stuck around to watch the final runners come in, also seeing the teenagers dressed up like super heroes again. 

The Incredibly Sweaty Hulk
Thor, the Newberry High School Drumline and Captain America
There was a costume contest again. 

Superfox (?), The Incredibles, someone in a red hoodie, Sparkle Loki, Iron Man Princess, Cap, Superman, Batman
Sam taking a gander at the contestants
Thor won again!

This kid is so awesome
At the awards ceremony, Betty won an age group award!

Yay Betty!
Once the awards were given out, I headed back to the car. I didn’t care too much about the silent auction or other things.  I didn’t even stop anywhere to change. I just headed home. 

Location: Newberry, FL
Host: (Who put on the race) Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy Association
Race Fee: $25
Packet Pickup: Day of race, very easy
Parking: Available at Newberry Elementary School as well as across the street
Support: (on-course) 2 Water Stops
After Party: Snow Cones, Silent Auction, Costume Contest

Story in Alachua Today newspaper