New 5K Personal Record!!

I am a runner,

who is making strides

and enjoying the ride.

Let me celebrate my new PR 27.19 from 28.42. I must be doing something right.

Winning Smile. pic courtesy: Tiffany

Finally got a picture with my Avid Runner Neighbor! #1 Running -Motivator

Current 2018 results – I was also #53 in my age group

2016 results – 1st time I ran this course.

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Form Follow Fitness 5K

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Form Follow Fitness 5K

Race review

The 5K course is ran around the downtown area of Dallas starting from Klyde Waren Park.

Parking: Paid (street parking- parking meter- use spare change or download Paymobile app and pay {max 2hrs 0.85 cts})

They had some great post-race refreshments which included water, Gatorade, banana. Food trucks are on the side of the road as well. There were also tons of giveaways that I got and awesome stuff.

There is a post-party event with bands and its really cool. I stayed around longer and met some cool friends through my neighbor who is an avid runner @vantasticrunner (Twitter).

The SWAG

Finisher Medals for the 5K finisher and Cool T-shirts.

The coolest thing about the medals is that you have to collect them for the next 3 years to make the Dallas skyline (how cool is that??) so I am locked in for the next few races

THE COURSE

The course was generally flat and but your final 0.1 mile to the finish is a steep hill that will be a challenge. There were crowds are usually along the way and the finish line. Bearing in mind that you are running in downtown Dallas, the race was well organized and coordinated.

 

3 REASONS TO RUN

  1. They have an awesome post-race party and its very kid-friendly
  2. If you want to nice run around the city of Dallas and see the beautiful streets, this is the race.
  3. Very nice people and organizers as a whole. everyone is smiling and laughing.

 

RACE EXPERIENCE

The weather this year was cold and it drizzled so I ran in a poncho but it was still great. The crowd was as I have mentioned before lively and fun. There is this one exhibitor that has some out-of this world cakes -OH MY GOSH!!! I had to have 2 varieties as my guilt snack right after the race…Hey I earned those calories!!!

So 359 days to the next race in 2019

Dash for Beads 2018

 

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I am a runner, and the cold weather did not dampen my spirits. Over the weekend, I ran the Dash for Beads 2018 at Kidd Springs Park in Dallas Texas.

Before the start of the race, it was cold. My toes were freezing and I kept hopping like an Easter Bunny to keep them warm. Once the race started all that was forgotten as I chased for the finish line.

This race has 3 hills and steep ones too but varies in inclination. The spectators that cheered along and gave out the beads were awesome and made me feel great.

Yes! I ran the Dash for Beads 5K and 10K and made a time of 30.57.(overall finish #144 an #13 in my age range)
Last year (2017), I ran the same race with a time of 37.45 (overall finish #469 an #50 in my age range).Tiffany accompanied me and powerwalked all the way finishing later on as I captured her on video walking to the finish line.

Whats your cold story running moment?

It was still cold after the race

Breakfast at Normas Cafe…

+1 off the mark- Close

I am the runner who gets elated when I near the finish line and happy to see I am almost beating my PR… So this weekend at the Mardi Gras 5K in New Orleans; it happened- I ran my last ounce of energy left and hoped to have a new PR but I missed it by .01 seconds. Finish Time: 28.43 / Personal record 28.42. It’s not a joke! You should have seen my determination and face as I stumbled to the finish line.

Oh well, that’s life. I was humbled and encouraged by 2 people. 1st one was a lady who ran with blades… she passed me on the route and I never saw her again. Next was Mr. Richard Doyle, 70 years old (pictured) and finished in 25.52… his rhythm never stopped as I watched him run. In my mind, I was like that old man is no joke. After the race, we chatted and told me he was off to Cafe Dumont for coffee and beignets (awesome!).

What’s made your race experience?

Mardi Gras 5K review

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Mardi Gras 5K new Orleans, LA   (http://www.runnotc.org/races/2018/mardigras.shtml)

Race review

The 5K course was on Veterans Memorial and Bonnabel Blvds.

Parking: Free (next to a mall)

The had some great post-race refreshments which included water, beer, Baker Maid King Cakes (LOVELY), fruit from Whole Foods Market, and Elmer’s Chee Wees.

The SWAG

Finisher Medal and Cool T-shirts

1st Overall Male and Female
1st Youth Male and Female (15 and under)
1st Master Male and Female (40 and over)
1st Grandmaster Male and Female (50 and over)
1st Senior Male and Female (60 and over)
1st Racewalker Male and Female
1st and 2nd Male and Female in age groups 15-under, 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, and 80-over

THE COURSE

The course was generally flat and not steep as it looped back. There were crowds outside waving and cheering on the runners.

3 REASONS TO RUN

1. Kicks start your day for the Mardi gras Parade
2. You have an excuse to enjoy the King and Queen cakes without guilt.
3. If you have time there is a nice concert that goes on thereafter

RACE EXPERIENCE

Personally, I enjoyed the race and it was nice weather about 60 degrees Fahrenheit. You may need some gloves since my hands were freezing, otherwise, it was a great road race.
This was the first race that I was running out of town this year and I enjoyed myself throughout.

WHAT DID RUNNERS THINK

I generally don’t have time to chat with other runners due to commitment. A couple of the runners that I chatted with said that it was a great race with nice weather.

CAUSES PROMOTED FOR THIS RACE

50 Legs
The purpose of 50 Legs is to provide amputees with the necessary care and prosthetics that they could not otherwise afford and to help them live a happier and healthier life.

Which one are you passionate about? Leave a comment and link below to helps others who may share your same passions.

MardiGras excited…

 

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I am a runner who rarely travels out of town for races.

Fortunately, I have the privilege of visiting New Orleans Louisiana a couple of times a year and so I am trying to incorporate a race when I am visiting.

So this is my first  2018 (OUT OF TOWN) 5K…..

Packing list

  1. Shoes – Mizuno Waverider 21
  2. 2) Compression leg warmers
  3. 3) Running Shorts
  4. 5) Shirts ( Long- Sleeved )
  5. 6) Camera ( iPhone 6 ) and Selfie Stick
  6. 7) Back Pack (tiny)

 

So expect some candid shots of New Orleans after-party .. …. laters!

Throwback…

 

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I am a runner, or I believe I am when I look at my time spent running.

Funny thing is that I felt that I was fit and fast but looking at my times… OH! MY!

We call it baby-steps – RIGHT? …

I was checking the Dash for Beads Race 2017 results…

 

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Current 5K Personal Best of 28.42