Love the Run You’re with 5K – Race Recap

So this is a little late, but with starting a new job. My whole schedule is being thrown off kilter. On Sunday February 9th, I ran the Pacer’s Valentine’s Day themed race, Love the Run You’re with 5K.

The premium was awesome. They gave us a blanket & those chalky traditional Valentine’s Day candy hearts. Yep. The race premium was a fleece blanket with an embroidered race logo. Did I mention the logo was a monkey. Just when I thought the blanket couldn’t get any better.

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Packet Pick up was a Pacer’s on Pentagon Row. I swung by after my Rock Creek Park exploration. It was super easy and very convenient.

Race morning my husband and I walked to the start. Yes, the start was .7 miles from our apartment so we strolled over (awesome). ย The race organizers themed everyone’s bib. If you were single it was green, gold for it’s complicated, and red for in a relationship. There were cute nicknames too, like co-dependents, stupid cupid, and single n’ mingle. ย (I think, but that last one doesn’t seem right.)

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The whole race was a sea pink and red. I forgot and wore purple. I love a good theme but can’t remember them all. Hubby warmed up while I stretched. My left shin has been bothering me, so I figured stretching would help.

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Race started on time. There were lots of cute costumed runners. One woman was dressed as a “love bug.” It made my day. Below is the course map. It was a standard out and back, no frills. We ran adjacent to 395 on a smaller neighborhood road lined with houses.ย racemaps

I had some major shin issues after the first 1.5 miles and ended up slowly jogging/momentarily walking parts, while stopping to stretch. I knew it wouldn’t be fast. This was more of a leisurely shake out jog to recover from the 8.5 miles of hills I had run the day before as part of training.

We finished in 38 minutes. It was fun. This is the first time my husband and I had run a race side-by-side and I enjoyed it. ๐Ÿ™‚

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At the finish, they gave us water, bananas, and these cute little recovery boxes. They had tortilla chips, cheese, a fruit squeeze, dark chocolate covered blueberries, and a handi-wipe. I thought it was adorable.

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Apparently, we both missed the pink and red memo! At least we stand out together!

Happy belated Valentine’s Day!

Did anyone else run a Valentine’s Day or President’s Day themed race? Do you ever run with your significant other? How to you shake out after a long run training day?

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6 Comments on “Love the Run You’re with 5K – Race Recap

  1. Totally looks like hubby is wearing red!! Are u sure he missed the memo?? ๐Ÿ˜› Adorbs!

  2. You both are adorable. And you are on opposite sides of the color wheel so really you coordinate quite well. And both orange and purple have red as a base so it works. What great swag for a 5K- this sounded like a well organized local run!

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