Frederick Running Festival 2014- Twilight 5K Recap

Happy National Running Day!! I’ve been dragging my feet on this one for a little while. Not for any particular reason.. but it’s time I got it out there!

This was my second Frederick Running Festival I’ve done. As in 2012, I participated in the Nut Job challenge. What’s a Nut Job challenge you ask? Participants who complete both the Twilight 5K run on Saturday evening and the Frederick Half marathon on Sunday morning, earned a special 3rd medal for being a Nut Job. Appropriate eh? And seeing as how this was my second half marathon weekend in a row (the first being the Nike half the week previous), on a hurt foot no less, I think I’d qualify. (OK- I qualified for different reasons, but I still wanted the extra bling ;))

Saturday afternoon, I met Randi after she was off of work and we drove out to Frederick together. We checked into the fairgounds first to pick up our race packets. The last time I ran Frederick, I was not very impressed by it’s expo. Of course, keep in mind, that it had been only my second half marathon at the time, and I was coming from a Disney race.

We found the place ok and checked in to get our bibs. Once armed with those, we went to get our shirts. In 2012, we got a unisex tech T for the 5K, and a full zip jacket upon finishing the half. This year, we got a women’s cut tech T for the 5K, and also was able to pick up the half premium before the race- a nice BornFit long sleeve tech shirt (with thumb holes!) I thought they did a great job with the premiums.. LOVE how more and more races offer women’s cut nowadays!

We got lunch, then headed over to our hotel for a few hours, then made our way back to the fair grounds for the 5K. It wasn’t until we were lined up for the 5K that I noticed the sky.. rain clouds were starting to build in the distance, and the wind picked up a little bit. By the time we were getting ready to start, the clouds were looked really ominous.. and we could see rain falling in the distance. Maybe a minute after we started, the wind kicked up, and the rain started falling. I was worried about my phone, as I was holding it to take pictures and didn’t really have any good protection for it in the event of a deluge- luckily, it never really got to that point. While the runners were all getting windswept, the rain remained relatively light.. not enough to cause any damage. I took a lot of pictures of the weather along the way, so I could show my meteorologist husband when I got home the next day.

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quick pre-race selfie

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at the starting line… sky looking pretty ominous

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Looking behind us after the start… rain is chasing us!

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coming around the track, the wind kicked up and rain started falling

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amazing pics of the rain falling in the background.. and the pack leaders whizzing by

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tried to catch a pic of Randi as she was running back!

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The legendary Sid Busch, a local runner who runs his races for fallen heroes. He always carries that flag.

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Caught up to Sid after the turn around point.. skies starting to clear

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skies clearing.. huffing it up the hill

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amazing considering how threatening it looked 10 mins prior

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heading back into the fairgrounds

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At the finish! They had to take down the arch due to the weather.

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Did better than I thought I would considering my foot hurt like hell

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Quick post race selfie… the wind was blowing at my back, which is why my hair’s kinda crazy.

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Wouldn’t you know it.. a rainbow at the end of the race

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post race celebration

After the race, we headed back to the hotel and take showers. Later that evening we found ourselves a Cracker Barrel and ate some pancakes for dinner. Back at the hotel, I iced and taped my foot. It was hurting from the 5K and I knew the half would be a challenge. All I had to do was run 13.1 miles and I could rest it for a couple of weeks. Easy right? Stay tuned for my FRF half recap to find out how it all went down!

 

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