Hi All! Yes, it’s been quite a while since I’ve posted. 2017 has been a busy year and there’s so much to catch up on. Devin and I spent the first 3 months of the year house hunting and moving! I can’t wait to share pictures of our new home.
But for now, I’ll get on to the 5K! Dev and I ran last night – yes it was a night race – and had an absolute blast despite the heat. Suds N Soles is a race that has been on my bucket list. Rockville used to host a similar race called the Twilighter 5 Miler (which I think might still be held, but went on a hiatus for a period of time), but now it’s the Suds N Soles 5K which starts and finishes at Rockville Town Center.
We’re pretty lucky as the race was an only a 15 minute walk from our new home. The walk allowed us to warm up a bit and also be able to enjoy the “suds” afterward!
Packet pick up was quick and located right at the stage in the middle of Rockville Town Square. There were about 1,000 runners signed up and it seemed pretty family friendly! We saw quite a few kids running with their parents.
The race started at 7pm, so we got our packets around 6:15pm, dropped off our bags, and were ready by 6:30pm. It was perfect timing because Lisa, one of my coaches from Run Farther and Faster, was hosting a group warm up. With the temps, I was already sweating! It was about 82 degrees at the start. With a short warm up lap around the block, we were ready to get racing!
(photo courtesy of Run Farther and Faster Facebook)
One unfortunate part about the race was there weren’t any formal corrals or pace signs to line up with, which made us have to weave quite a bit in the beginning.
Once we got into our groove, the race went through a few neighborhoods in Rockville. I hit a good stride, but the heat was definitely a factor in how hard I felt like I could push. Even with being aware of my hydration the couple days leading up, I still wanted water (really, I wanted all the water!)
There was one water stop along the course, which honestly was probably plenty for a 5K. A few houses along the course had their sprinklers going for the runners – it was heavenly! One house even let their kids hose down the runners with water guns! It was definitely a hometown race.
The course had quite a few hills, but the last quarter mile was all down hill, so you could really kick it to the end! Dev felt great and probably could have gone ahead of me, but we said we’d run together. I love that he’s getting more into the race scene.
At the finish, they handed us a bottle of water and a pre-filled beer mug! For the first couple minutes, beer sounded just awful. I ended up seeing one of my running friends at the start line and we decided to find each other afterward and hang out. She had run it with her husband too!
Past the finish line, there were about 6 other beer tents and our bibs came with 5 beer tickets which would get you a 1/2 glass of beer. There were a couple local breweries and Bold Rock cider. I found a lager that was super cold from JailBreak.
We hung out for about 2 more hours after we finished, grabbed a slice of pizza, and walked home. Due to the timing of the race and the heat, it definitely wouldn’t be a 5K I’d do if I were looking for a PR, but it’s definitely a race I’ll be looking to sign up for next year because of the fun and hometown feel!
Have you ever run an evening race?