At the beginning of this year, I had set a personal goal for myself to run twelve races for the year, one for each month. While I didn’t run one race per month, I am pleased that I was able to run twelve races total, and that my 12th race for the year was the Double Road Race.
It was an event that lasted from 5:45am to about 1pm for me, including commuting time.
I arrived around 7:00am, and promptly picked up my racing bag, bib, and shirt.
The sizes of the shirts were in Men’s sizes, so I was sort of disappointed with how boxy my dri-fit shirt was. I wasn’t as enraged as one person though, who was lamenting to a volunteer that she wouldn’t have registered as a medium if she knew it was men’s sizing. Even though the volunteer suggested that the racer could exchange it for a smaller size during the recovery period, the racer just walked away angrily. Rude much?
Since the race was based out of a middle school gym, the gym was set-up to be the recovery zone. They had everything from foam rollers to masseuses, and it looked like a mini expo!
I sat on the bleachers for a little bit warming up.
And then made a couple trips outside to the snacks table, where they had mini Larabars (!!), bananas, energy gels, energy drinks, and these rice puff things.
They even had a stage set up for a band to perform later.
While others foam rolled…
I got on an eliptical bike and did a good fifteen minute warm-up.
Around 8am, we assembled near the start line to run the first leg of the race, a 10k. The Christmas 5kers also ran with us, but ended sooner, after the first loop of the course. The 10k course was ran in two loops, and from the map view looks like a sitting brontosaurus!
I didn’t find the course to be exhilirating, but running the loop the second time made it easier to picture the finish. As soon as I made it over the mental 3 mile hump, I reached the finish in no time.
At that point, we had forty-five minutes to recover back at the gym. I signed up for a massage, and since the Christmas 5kers had to wait until the 10kers were on the road again to receive their massages, I was able to receive a fifteen minute sports massage that was not rushed for time. Even though I didn’t particularly need it, I felt great afterwards.
After 45 minutes in the recovery zone, we headed back out again for the second leg, a 5k along the same loop. This was when I started to feel some nagging pains near my knees and inner legs.
It had to be the longest 5k ever, but the two-sided medal was a fun treat to get at the end!
We left the race around 11am, and when I came home I laid out all of the goods I captured!
At this point, I guess you could say my 2013 racing schedule is complete, and what a way to finish. Overall, I enjoyed the unique set-up of this race, and was glad how it was a 10k-rest-5k versus the other way around. I was annoyed with how there weren’t any recycling bins around to get rid of water bottles and paper products, but hopefully they consider that in their future races.
What was your last race for this year?