Sunday, March 25, 2012

2012 Doc Dash 5K--Iowa City, Iowa

On Saturday, March 24th at 7:40a.m. Jason, Scott and I traveled to the University of Iowa so I could get my packet, shirt and timing chip for the Doc Dash picked up. I figured it would be super busy and hard to find parking, but we were early and parking was easy to find. The weather was overcast and about 55-60 degrees which is perfect weather to run in. The results are here if you want to see them.  My personal results are these:  I was 302nd place out of 624 people.  121st place of 352 Women.  I held an average 9:08 minute mile for a final time of 28:25.  I am happy with this time because I ran hard and there was a long hill for the last 1/4 mile of the course and it was hard to run when you are tired.

Great things about this race:
Plenty of signs and volunteers, you always knew where to go and how to get there.
Plenty of food after the race and it was put out before so you could nibble if you had to.
Chip timed so there is accurate timing.
Indoor bathrooms!
Race Shirt
race Bib for your racing book
well marked course.
lots of door prizes and I won one!
Beautiful medals and trophies for the winners.

Things that could be improved:
Water on the course--there wasn't a water station at any point on the course.  Usually in a 5K there is water at mile 1.5 or something like that.  Not sure what the race organizers were thinking because you need water when running, especially if you are actually running hard.
An actual packet with goodies in it.-- The packet that was received was just a small plastic bag with ads and some coupons in it.
Jason and Scott came with me to watch me race and take pictures.  Scott really wanted to be there even though in this picture he appears less than thrilled.

This is my friend Bill.  He used to take my Body Pump class at another gym I worked at years ago.  He loves to run and runs races almost every weekend like me.

Before the race.

Some volunteers at the First Aid station.  You can't have a race without great volunteers.

Joe the owner of the running store Running Wild in Coralville, Iowa.  He has given me tons of great running advice from over the years.   It was awesome because at the end of the race I won a $20 gift certificate to his store!  Thanks Joe.

On the Right is my running friend Mike Yeries that I see at almost every race I run.  On the Left is Tyler Sullivan, one of the fastest runners in Iowa.  Today he placed 5th overall, his time was 16:38 with a 5:21 average mile.  Super awesome and fast.  If you happen to look at results from many races I've ran in, he is usually First or Second place.   It was great to meet him and pick his brain for how to get faster at running.  Basically  to do that, you have to run more and do speed work.

This bandana says it right.  I want a shirt that says this.

Speaking of food, here is some that was provided for the runners and there was plenty.

Massive amounts of Scooby fruit snacks!

Yummy treats!

Running to the finish.  Jason took this picture.

Post race picture.  Glad to be done!  However then Jason took Scott to an Easter activity at the church so I ran home  another 3.1 miles.  I know I'm a crazy runner.

1 comment:

Alyssa said...

I love that dude's head band "I can run so I can eat"

That is so true!!!