But then the sun came out big and bright!!!
Saturday I took part in the 35th Azalea Trail Run and it was a beautiful day! This was my first run this year that had such a high level of humidity and I realized I have some training to do as we enter the hot summer months! I was still satisfied with my time but I didn't set a PR, actually it was almost on the dot of my last 5k run. All of my other races I have improved at least a minute so to stay at the same time was new.
I will start from the beginning with the Friday packet pick up. It seemed to be organized just fine and there was actually more people than I expected with me as we entered the minute the doors opened on Friday at noon. Here are a couple of inside shots.
The shirt was cute and seemed to be cut a little larger which is good because most of the dry fit styles are always cut small.
My running buddies!!
Headed to line up. This was the first run that I took part in where the 10K runners started at 8:00am and the 5K started at 8:15. I liked this system because it was exciting seeing friends take off in their race and then lining up for mine.
The race itself was good but I do have one suggestion for next year. I hate to mention anything negative but this was a very big issue for me. The first water stop was around 2.5 miles and there was only one person working it. He could not possible pour enough water to keep up with the crowd so I missed water at this station. I was so thirsty and the humidity was so heavy that I really needed something to drink. I had to leave this station and just hoped there would be another one.
As I started getting close to mile 3.0 I could see the next water station but this is the part that really bothered me. It was being worked by prisoners in their prison uniforms????? People come from all over to run in this race and to help show off our city and we had prisoners hand out water. I am the very first to say that people deserve a second chance in life but this is also about attracting people to our beautiful city. Next year there has to be better preparation with volunteers to help prevent this. As I mentioned I am not sharing this part out of a negative spirit but one as a suggestion on how to improve the run.
This is what the visitors should remember about our great city...............this is the view!
Back to the good stuff............I crossed the finish line and was so happy!
Chick-fil-A was handing out sandwich's as we crossed the finish line. (Chick-fil-A can pay me later for the ad! )
Now that is the cutest!!
The halls were lined with massage tables but I was to busy looking for our times and didn't take part!
In a separate post I want to share with you a precious young lady that sells head wraps to benefit children with cancer so keep an eye out for it!
The had red beans and rice and and a station with grits.
One of my favorite part of running is seeing friends. Yea April for running the 10K, you rock!
I was so excited to meet some of the runners from Kenya. This is the women's 3rd place winner and the men's 1st and 2nd place.
The top 4 female runners.
When is your next run?