Hoover Dam Half Marathon: Race Recap
I couldn’t have been more happy to celebrate THIS GIRL’S birthday with her all while prepping for a 5k race together this past weekend!
Krissy and I had a chance to have a fun dinner at Datz before relaxing before the race Saturday morning. I even got to show her Bayshore since she hadn’t officially been on it – the nation’s longest continuous sidewalk – oooh!
We were up early Saturday morning and on our way to Ybor for the start of the race in Centennial Park. We were thankful for SO many race volunteers and actual bathrooms! 😉 Krissy made an awesome Wonder Woman costume that included a Sparkle Athletic Skirt. She even made me a Super Kat emblem for me to wear on my race outfit – it’s the little things!
I didn’t tell many people, but I really wanted to PR this race. My ‘official’ PR was at a non-race and I felt strong enough recently to try to break that – 24:30 was my previous PR. I knew going into the race that my asthma had been acting up and told Krissy I’d only stop if I absolutely had to when I heard wheezing.
We were off right at 730am and held a fast first mile – I felt good and able to keep pace so I didn’t budge (7:46.) Slowly, though, as the humidity and heat crept up I started to feel a cough coming on. I tried to hide it – Krissy is such a positive trooper waving at spectators and volunteers and encouraged me to keep smiling. After the mile and a half mark I started to tinker out. Tinker out in a 5k? Grr, I didn’t want it to happen, but wanted to listen to my body. I’d pick it back up and be right at pace and then feel my chest getting tight – I hate using that as an ‘excuse’ but no PR, to me, is worth me keeling over. So, we trudged on to finish and I knew I didn’t PR. My official finish time was 25:39. A minute and 10 seconds over a PR finish.
Nonetheless – I was a happy camper! Krissy and I had fun and smiled [most of] the whole time. I thanked her for running with me and she told me to stop apologizing for stopping – bad habit lol. We hung out to find out about age group awards while she noshed on rice and beans from the Columbia restaurant and I enjoyed a free stretch sesh.
When the official results were posted we found out that Krissy placed 1st in her 24-29 age group and I placed 2nd in my 30-34 age group! The only other time I’d won an AG award was a year ago at the Tiger Trot when I placed 3rd – Yay for ALL of the prizes! And with Krissy entering the Dirty 30’s this was an awesome way for her to close out her 20s 😉
The race was a steal at $25 with ample refreshments and snacks and fun festivities, but adding medals to the mix only made us happier campers!
I’d definitely recommend this race again! It’s small but not too small and with more spectator support than you’d think! I FOR SURE want to try to PR my 5k distance again and know that’d take more speed training and possibly cooler weather. As the weather here in Florida gets warmer, race season usually slows down. I don’t want to make that any excuses, the pollen is my main culprit – so I may just try sooner than later 😉
What makes a race a STAND OUT race for you?
Does Sparkle help you smile more too?