Monday, May 6, 2013

Oak Hall Run Recap

The weather was a bit cooler than I was expecting but overall a great race on Sunday at the Oak Hall Run for St. Jude!


We weren't too sure if the weather was going to hold out for this event but they said it was happening rain or shine - and I didn't really want my kids sitting in the cold in the rain so my friend Andi went with me to Oak Hall on Sunday for the race.  It was in the mid 50s and I knew I'd get warm once we got started so I opted for my pink short-sleeved UA top.
I'm surprised I had my glasses on because it really wasn't all that sunny...

I ran into a few friends before the race started, including Caroline who not only scored a PR in this race but finished as the 7th overall female - she's a beast!  Before I knew it, we were off!

The 3 mile course took us down away from Poplar Avenue and around the Ridgeway Loop; it was a good thing it was extremely crowded at the beginning to help me keep from starting out too fast.  It was a decent sized event and there were even some spectators along the course cheering for us, which was nice.  Many of them were holding "Run for the kids at St. Jude" signs, which, of course, is always inspiring!

I'm guessing it was either the weather or my speed training is paying off but I averaged less than 10 minute miles the whole race, which included a very brief pit stop for a drink of water at the 2 mile mark.  I had gone into this hoping to finish in less than 30 minutes and I managed to pull it off!
I was SO fast you could barely see me - LOL!  Final time = 29:33

The post race festivities were really neat and since I didn't have the kids, Andi and I walked around and enjoyed some of it.  There was free food from the Germantown Commissary, Sonic, and Panera Bread (I snagged one of their mini Cinnamon Crunch bagels to have for breakfast this morning!).  They also had water coolers set up with water and Nuun, which I had never tried but had been meaning to - pretty sure it was a lemonade (?) flavor and it was excellent - I will definitely be buying some of that!  Before long though I started to get really cold so we headed back to the house.  Overall a very enjoyable experience and I look forward to running it again next year!

And - in other St. Jude topics - THIS happened this week:
It's official - I am registered for the St. Jude Marathon in December - and this time I'm running as a HERO!  Once I get my website set up I'll post a link - I know you guys will support me in my efforts to raise money for St. Jude!

QOTD:  Have you ever raced to raise money for a good cause?