Even though the packet pickup for this race opened last Thursday, I didn’t get around to picking up my packet until Saturday. Normally I love packet pickup day but I just didn’t really care to drive the 30 minutes up to Sac to pick it up. I think it was because I’d driven up there on Wednesday to go to the National Running Day meet up. So call me lazy, I didn’t want to drive up there again. On Saturday, I convinced Hubby to drive up there with me to get my packet. The packet was a bit lacking compared to some of the other races I’ve run. But on the other side, it wasn’t full of paper that I’d just have to recycle at home. But the shirt is adorable. It’s a tech shirt which is awesome and even more awesome because you don’t have to pay an upgrade to get. Tech was standard.
Race morning was pretty standard. Up at about 4:30, shower, dress, breakfast and out the door at 6. I managed to find a spot that was just half a block off from Capital Park and on Saturday and Sundays the parking is free so bonus for not having to pay the meters. I love downtown Sacramento on the weekends. It’s really quiet and cool with all the huge old trees. I just love it…on the weekends.
The race had over 3000 women and girls running it. It was pretty dang impressive to see that many women running the race. They had pacers which was pretty cool for a 5k. I don’t think I’ve ever run a 5k that had pacers before. The pacers were guys but they were dressed up like ladies for the event. Some wore wigs and tutu’s as well as makeup. They really got into the spirit of it. Also Deena Kastor was there and did a great job at giving an inspirational speech to the crowd. She talked about what it’s like to fulfill a dream and that everyone can fulfill theirs too with hard work and determination. Unfortunately, I’m not sure that a lot of people know who she is because the crowd kind of talked over her which sucks. But I thought she was great!
The route had lots of turns in it which is never my favorite. I’m not good with tangents. This time I think I was too good at them because according to my Garmin, the course was .05 of a mile short.
because of that .05, I didn’t really PR my 5k because it wasn’t a 5k. Had it been, I would have totally PR’d this race. I really went all out. I left it all on the course just like I’ve been practicing at home.
Mile 1: 9:19
Mile 2: 9:28
Mile 3: 8:52
Mile 4: 9:03
One of my main complaints with this race happened after the finish. After the finish there was no clear way for the runners to get water and collect their medal. They allowed friends and family to crowed the finish line and you basically had to fight your way through. They did have some people handing out water but then you had to go find someone to give you a medal. It was a little bit chaotic for my tastes. I would have prefered if they had an area for the runners to get their medal and water before the family members were allowed to block the incoming runners. I felt as if I was running into a wall of people and had nowhere to go.
The expo after the race was pretty awesome, Whole Foods had a full breakfast for you with fresh fruit, nuts, yogurt, juice & almond milk. If you are over 21, they had sparkling wine. Massage Envy was there offering free massages. I didn’t get one only because I had one scheduled for later that same day. Plus I was super sweaty and didn’t feel too comfortable asking someone to rub me when I was like that. Icky. Blue Diamond almonds was there with a tasting bar. They also had lot’s of booths for up coming races in case you wanted to sign up for another one before your mind really figured out what you were doing.
- Packet pick up was well-organized and very easy and quick
- Tech shirt standard & it’s really cute
- Deena Kastor was awesome
- Very cool post race expo with vendors and health information
- Amazing breakfast with quick-moving lines
- Short course
- Not enough finishing room for the runners before the crowds
Race rating: A-
Bottom line: I would totally do this one again!