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Davis Moonlight Run – Race Recap

I haven’t recapped the Courage Run I did last month due to extreme laziness but I figured that I should jump on recapping the Davis Moonlight Run from this weekend while it was still fresh in my mind.

Davis Moonlight Run 2

I opted to wait until race day to pick up my race packet.  I’d never done that before until the Courage Run but considering that everything is a ways from my house, I’m finding it to be a great option.  I always arrive early for races anyway so what difference does it make if I just wait to pick up my packet until an hour before the race.

Packet pick up was a breeze.  It was clearly marked as to where to pick it.  There was a short line and I only waited maybe 5 minutes.  It was easy and they hadn’t run out of shirts in my size so that was cool.  Rumor has it that the shirts are glow in the dark, but since mines still in the back seat of my car, I wouldn’t know.

This race had a 5k, 10k, 10 mile and 1/2 marathon option.  Since I’ve been focusing on speed so far this year, I went with the 5k option.  Plus I’m pretty lazy of late and just don’t want to do any more effort than I really have too.  Lazy.  With all the race options, the place was packed!  The 10k, 10 mile and Half went out first, followed by the 5k 15 minutes later.  It’s an evening race so my race started at 7:15.   It did start a little late but they were trying to give the people running the longer races enough of a head start that the “sprinters” wouldn’t run up their tails.

The course was a nice mixture of street, green belts and a short section of gravel.  I’ll be honest, I hate gravel.  Despite a 9:30 mile time in the gravel section, I felt like it was a total slog the whole time. But the weather was freaking amazing!  Two weeks before the race our temps were 105+ degrees and the week of it was in the upper 80’s.  By 7:15 it was in the upper 70’s with a breeze.  I couldn’t have asked for better weather.

Davis Moonlight Run 1

Before I left for the race my husband predicted that I would place in my age group but I figured I wouldn’t because I know that this race is pretty popular.  I finished in 29:10 and was fast enough to place 3rd female in my age group!  Talk about stoked!  I couldn’t believe it when I saw the results.  I texted Hubby who was all, “I told you so.”   I waited in a very long, very slow-moving line to collect my medal but when I got to the front I was told that they didn’t have the medal for the 3rd place finishers in the 5k and they’d have to mail it.  Bummer.  But they gave me a pair of socks!

Davis Moonlight Run 3

I can’t wait to get this sucker in the mail!  I’m so excited about it!

Davis Moonlight Run Pros & Cons:

Pros:

Easy parking & lots of it
Easy race day packet pick up
In a college town so people watching was weird/fun
Course was a mix of street, green belt & gravel trail
Amazing weather

Cons:

No medal for 3rd place 5k finishers
Kinda windy (not that they can do anything about that)
Gravel trail section

Overall rating:  5/5

This race was really fun and I will be doing it again next year!

Is Anybody Out There?…

If you don’t follow me on Instagram (and you should, I’m awesome!), I have been running.  It’s still a day-to-day thing but I’m making progress right now. 

St. Patrick's Day Run - the day before

I’m running up to 5k currently and am finally not sucking wind the whole time.  I was shocked to see how much of my athletic ability had dropped off between the end of November and the beginning of February.

For some reason I was under the impression that I would be able to run 10 miles with no problem when I started back up again but that really hasn’t been the case.  I’ve struggled to make it through runs that last year would have not been worth the effort.  Not to mention the struggle with my weight.  To be honest, I packed on some pounds due to not being able to get much exercise and continuing to eat like a I was running 120 miles a month.   Surprise, surprise, I gained.  But I’ve been working on it and have already taken off some of that weight.  Thank goodness for my Fitbit.  Love that thing.

Fitbit - All Green

I’ve been trying to have all my goals met every day for the last 3 and a half weeks and have been pretty successful every day except once when I over ate but my mom was here so I wasn’t too worried about it as long as I made good choices and got all my steps in.

I love a good challenge so the challenges on Fitbit where you challenge your friends to meet their daily goals or to see who can get the most steps in a week or a weekend has been really fun.  Right now I’m in a tight run off for the work week with another girl and its been really competitive.  But it’s total inspiration to get all my steps in and then some.  I just refuse to let her win without giving it all I have.  If you’ve got a Fitbit, send me a friend request!

Tell me what’s motivating you?

Who else has spring fever for all the super cute new running clothes that are out for spring?