Happy Wednesday! (did anyone else wake up this morning really pumped because they thought it was Thursday? womp womp womp). A few weeks ago I mentioned that GoneforaRun.com was hosting a virtual race at the end of April.
Last Friday we were rocked (in a not good way) when we found out that our big global work trip for this summer was cancelled. The trip that a lot of people were scheduling their vacations around. The trip where I was going to get to finally see the family that I au paired for in college. The trip that I was tasked with all of the logistics, planning, organization, budgeting, etc for our entire (45-person) global team – accommodations, room rental, bus hire for transportation, catering, 3 more formal dinners at restaurants that I had researched, etc. To say I was bummed would be a severe understatement.
Because of this, Sunday was much needed! We had already planned a 5k for our students and we were psyched. The students were getting excited (and so many more signed up than last year) and we registered a 15 person staff team. We were all getting competitive as well, so we were all looking forward to it.
Sunday morning came, I picked up a coworker and we drove over to Lake Merritt in Oakland and surprisingly found nearby parking really quickly. We walked to the Pergola to check in, use the bathroom and meet up with everyone. My allergies had started going haywire at 7am, so I wasn’t sure how it was going to go, but knew that I had to split my 10k into 2 separate 5k’s because of the race and my allergies.
I started off too fast (not surprised) and was quickly dying haha. I haven’t run much this year because of work and commuting and realized that maybe you should practice and train for these things! It was only forecasted to be about 60 degrees which would have been perfect, but before it even started, all the clouds had left and the sun was out. It was easily 70 degrees when we started and the sun continued to beat down on us all morning.
I was the #2 female until I had to stop and tie my shoe and was passed by about 10 people (bummer). Buttttt, the best part? Staff killed it. We took #1 male and #1 female (and our #1 male brought his wife and she took #3 female!). I was #4 staff which I’m ok with, but know I could have done better, had I been in better shape.
After the race we had a BBQ for them, and then I trekked it the hour drive home. After passing out for 45 minutes on the living room floor (yes, I’m that person after a hot, sunny run), I threw my laundry in, realized it was still windy and my allergies had taken over my life, so I had to do the second 5k in the garage on the treadmill with the door down.
Disclaimer: As a Gone For a Run ambassador, I was provided a complimentary race entry. No other compensation was received. All opinions are, as always, my own!