Back on May 21, I did the Dart Frog Dash in Toledo. It’s a race that my Hubs has been wanting to do forever because it starts and finishes at the Toledo Zoo. A place that he pleasantly worked at for nearly a decade of his young life. So when we discovered that the race date worked well into our schedules, it was a no brainer to sign up.
What was awesome was that my Sis-in-Law, Mom-in Law, and Dad-in-Law all decided to also register in order to make it a family affair!
I chose to wake up at the b-crack of dawn in order to drive the slightly over an hour trek to Toledo on race morning. The 5K was supposed to start at 8:30, which meant I needed to get to Toledo by 7:20 or so. I got on the road exactly when anticipated and the drive was pretty uneventful, finding race parking was easy, and we had a slight walk across the Zoo to get near the start line. It was going to be good weather, a large crowd of >800 runners, and hopefully a good race.
Unfortunately, it was announced about 10′ to the start that the race was going to be delayed by 15′. Not gonna lie, I am never happy when races delay the start. To me, unless there are unforeseen circumstances, the race should start on time. Everyone knows when it starts and it’s your job to get yourself to the start, get your bib pinned, use a bathroom (like a potty trained adult should know how), and line up before the gun goes off. End rant. The extra time did allow me to loosen up a little more and do some much needed hamstring stretching.
Once the race finally started, I found myself without a good race plan. It’s been a while since I’d done a 5K, so I had no expectations other than coming in under 22 minutes (speed often gets sacrificed when I’m training long). The course was a large out and back and I positive split the hell out of it. **bad Eli**. My first mile was somewhere in the 6:40 territory and then each mile got progressively slower. I was running in no man’s land and I was behind a kid that kept farting every 50 yards or so (we’ve all been there, amIright, as both farter and fartee) and completely lost my mental game. The turn into the Zoo had us running a bunch of quick turns and circles, and I lost any possible kick I usually have due to this. I know I’m being an excuse factory. I still managed to find some energy and kick in to finish in 21:44 (my watch time, I somehow didn’t get a chip time and received gun time). Not exactly where I was hoping to be fitness wise, but this race had a couple big hills and lots of sharp turns at the end, so it is what it is.
Final Finish: 21:44
30-34 AG: 1/78
Hubs came in shortly after, as did Kristyn, MIL/FIL while toting my Toddler J. I’m proud of them all for completing a challenging race and hopefully having a good time doing it!