St. Patrick’s Day races – they are always fun and festive. Pacers Running typically hosts their St. Patrick’s themed race the first weekend of March in Washington, DC.
Image: Pacers Running
I’ve participated in their races for the past two years:
Last year was the inaugural running of the 5K and 10K. The course was moved from Pennsylvania/Capitol area to the Mall/Tidal Basin. You may recall it was snowing last year – which made the course a bit treacherous towards the end.
I wanted a second chance at the Double (run the 5K followed by the 10K) since my 10K was a bit of a disaster last year.
Per usual I picked up my bib at my local Pacer’s store the Friday before the race. I went after work and was in and out in less than 10 minutes (which included picking up my friend’s bibs). This year runners could opt out of a technical shirt and choose a $10 Pacers gift card during registration – yes please! This girl did not need another shirt 🙂
Race Goals (“A” least probable and “C” most probable)
The St. Pat’s race would serve as a tune up/training run for the Gate River Run 15K, which was held the following weekend.
- A – 1:47:50 or 11:34 min/mile <- my 2015 Clarendon Day Double total)
- B – 1:52:10 or or 12:03 min/mile <- my 2015 St. Pat’s Day Double total)
- C – 1:56:15 or or 12:30 min/mile
My overarching goal for the race was to run consistent splits for both the 5K and 10K, which is why I used a total time goal. I thought I would finish somewhere between my “A” and “B” goals, based on my recent training runs.
Crossed out 10K, what happened?! The night before the race I had some stomach cramps, ugh. There was no change the next morning, what is a girl to do? I popped some Advil and walked downtown. Sometimes exercise makes the cramps go away, so I figured I would give the 5K a shot and reassess how I felt afterwards.
Everyone magically appeared! I love all the green.
I met up with my friends, Susan, Jenn and Brett<–photo cred, thanks!
The race started at 8:15AM and followed the same course as last year – west on Independence Avenue, pass the Memorial Bridge, around the Tidal Basin and back to the Mall (same finish area as Cherry Blossom – hill included).
Image: Pacers St. Pats 5K
Ready for the start! I saw Colleen and her daughter Avery right after I crossed the starting mat.
I ran the first mile with Brett (who ended up with a PR) and saw Colleen and her daughter a After the turnaround, I told him to run ahead without me.
- Mile 1: 12:00 Twelve-zero-zero, how cool is that….my tummy 🙁
- Mile 2: 12:21 Yeah…it’s not going away
- Mile 3: 12:27 Want to curl up in a fetal position
The cramps did not go away. It was one of the races in which I was looking at my Garmin the entire time – wanted it to be over (and I love this course). Jenn met me on top of the “hill” and I even had to walk a little bit before heading downhill. I finished with an official time of 38:49 or 12:30 min/mile (funny..right where I wanted to be).
My body was going to fight me if I ran the 10K, so I collected my 5K medal (new this year) and went home.
- Thank you Mother Nature for no snow/ice/sleet.
- I love that Pacers now offers a $10 gift certificate in lieu of a technical shirt (which was cute).
- Different color bibs for 5K, 10K and Double runners.
- Another well organized event.
- There were medals for all participants this year (they were only given to Double participants last year). 5K or 10K runners received the medal shown above. Double runners received an additional medal.
- Flat, fast course – PRs are made here.
- Free photos by Swim Bike Run Photography!
- There is also a kid’s dash.
Maybe third times a charm? I’m gonna get you next year St. Pat’s Double!
Did you run the Pacers St. Pat’s 5K or 10K?
Are you running any Doubles this year?