Tonight I ran in the Women's Distance Festival 5k around Dryden Lake. There was a chance of thunderstorms all day, but they never came and it ended up being a very hot and humid night. Normally I wouldn't want to run during that kind of weather, but I wanted to do this one because it would be good training for upcoming triathlons (since I don't get out to run much) and I heard many good things about this event from multiple women.
The turnout was fairly small - maybe 50ish people total? Maybe 40? The 5k is only for women, but there were some husbands there volunteering and helping organize things. The event is held in honor of Diane Sherrer, who was a long time member of the Finger Lakes Running Club and big advocate for women in sports and equal opportunities for women in sports teams and competitions.
I don't really have much to report about the actual run itself. I don't like running very much. Most of the time I was thinking about how I'd rather be riding my bike. But, the course was pretty and had some rolling hills (hillier than I run on for my own workouts). I realized that I usually look down at the ground in front of me when I run, which makes it difficult to enjoy my surroundings -- I consciously tried to look around more, but I still ended up looking at the ground a lot. Guess I'll have to work on that.
I ended up finishing in something like 28 minutes and a few seconds, which I was fine with considering it was quite hot out and hillier than I normally run on. Lesley and her mom did the 5k together so I hung around with them while Amy ran another 5k on the course.
After everyone finished there were a bunch of snacks in the pavilion at the park and they gave out awards. Because the race was so small just about everyone ended up getting awards (which were FLRC pint glasses). I got 2nd in my age group. They also gave all of us roses when we finished and a little sample of Burts Bees makeup. It was a pretty nice event - very friendly and encouraging environment. I would do it again!
There were some pretty young girls that ran the 5k. One of them was near me in the beginning and I heard her mom keep telling her she needed to slow down or she would get too tired by the end. I saw the girl and her mom at the finish line and talked to the little girl, who I found out was 7. She finished in just over 30 minutes and was all decked out in legit running gear, including a fancy looking sports watch. She said she's run 6 races, but this one was her favorite.