Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Reindeer Run 2010 Race Recap

So as many of you know I completed my first 5K this past Saturday in Minneapolis!!! I was super nervous about the race and hadn't been preparing for it since finals are coming up! Well as promised (a day late) here's my recap:

This was my first 5K so everything was a little more stressful than what I was expecting! I'm glad I had my running buddy there to experience it with me and I wouldn't have made it there without her (literally)! We live WI which is about an hour and a half away from Minneapolis, and of course the night before the sky opened up and the Snow Gods blessed us with about 6 inches of the fluffy white stuff! I went to bed about 10:30pm after posting my nervousness on here hoping that the snow would let up enough. I woke up a few times throughout the night, but of course it was not slowing down!

I was up bright snowy and early at 5am since Rebecca was meeting me at 6am to get on the road! We checked the weather and road conditions, decided there was NO WAY this was stopping us, and went outside to wipe off our cars! We both drove since I was going out in the Cities with my family later. The plows were just hitting the freeway so the first 45 minutes was pretty sketchy! I'm not comfortable driving far distances in snow so I followed slowly and we parked my car just across the MN/WI border. The nerves were kicking in even more because of the stressful driving situation and it took us double the amount of time to get to the race start.

We got to the park at about 9am and it was CRAZY!! There really weren't any signs directing us around the couple of lakes for parking purposes and on top of that we had to find parking in the residential area which was CRAZY busy as well! It took Rebecca about 20 minutes to find a parking spot! I met my mom, sister, and brother-in-law at the start/finish line and chatted while we creeped looked at all the costumes.

Rebecca and I started lining up and we waited for the 10 min/mile pacers passed us until we fell into the starting shuffle. My dad caught up with us just as we were passing the clock and snapped a few photos of us! The start was a little INTENSE especially since we had no idea what to expect because it was really packed and people were trying to find their pace while passing all the slower people. To make matters worse, dogs and strollers were allowed so you would have a stroller come barreling by you without notice!!

I was expecting the course to be plowed, but after having so many people running on packed snow, the course turned into that weird kicked-up-slushy-kind of snow. It was hard to run on considering Rebecca and I had never run on that kind of surface since we didn't have any snow when we were training. We set a good pace (slow) and just took in the sites. We walked when we got tired, complained when we were cold, and complained some more! Well to say the least, "We were successful!" When we crossed the finish line the clock read 54 minutes and some odd seconds, but I knew that was way off according to my stopwatch which read 51:43 and some odd seconds! Way way slower than we were both expecting but the course was hard to run on! I know excuses excuses, but at least we set the bar for a really high time so the next 5K we do, we'll be able to get an even better time!

The swag at the finish line was AMAZING!! They had Muscle Milk, Wheaties Energy Bars, Clif and Lara Bars, Salted Nut Rolls, a twin pack of single serving Minute Rice, Bagel Bites, cookies, bananas, apples, lip balm, lotion, water! My parents were amazed at how much there was since my dad does marathons and he said that sometimes he doesn't even get that much at the end!!!

All in all, it was a GREAT first 5K!!! I'm on to finding more for 2011!!!


  1. Congrats! considering the conditions and you guys not being used to it thats a good time. I've always think that the first race at a new distance should have a goal of just to finish. After that one then you start thinking times.

  2. You really did score with that much stuff at the finish line - so cool!! I know what you mean about the initial craziness of a 5K with the crowd, the strollers, the different speeds .... I cannot even imagine what it was like to have it be your first ... and SNOWY!! I have never run on snow - just seems like it would add a whole new challenge to running. Congratulations to you and your friend!

  3. Fantastic! Way to go! Wow I'm very impressed at all of the food at the end of the race! That's really great! :0)

  4. I'm SO PROUD of you! I can't wait until you participate in your next one. :)

  5. That's so awesome! Congrats on your first 5k! I'm pretty sure I would have been lame and not ran the race if it was cold and slushy outside.
    I have a couple of running buddies that keep me motivated to keep running. Glad your co-worker helped ya out!

  6. Sounds like an awesome race! Great job! This is just the start to many more running adventures! :0)

  7. Great job on the run! It looks like a lot of fun and all the food at the end is awesome!!