2 races in 1 week.
What a way to start off my RnR St.Louis Marathon training!
The more I get into running, the more races I find out about. Today’s race is the Pacers & Racers Crusade Barnyard Dash.
Proceeds of this run/walk are donated to Crusade for Children which helps special needs children across Kentuckiana. One of these children happens to play the organ at my church.
I had a slight dilemma in deciding what I wanted to wear. I place a high standard on not wanting to repeat the same race gear for blogging and photo purposes.
My secret to having a heavy gear rotation is to find the best deals during the off season. Occasionally, I will splurge if something catches my eye, and my Mom finds good deals in Kohls.
I prefer Asics shoes and Nike gear. While I was in Orlando last Christmas, I picked up some Nike running dresses for $4. I used one as a pool cover up.
While contemplating my Barnyard Dash hook up, I remembered I had a black Nike dress. These Dri-fit dresses retailed for $60. Some women wear leggings, compression shorts or go commando underneath. I opted for an active brief for comfort and security.
I made my way to Joe Huber’s Farm in Starlight, IN an hour before race time. The New Balance long sleeve tech shirt is top notch! I didn’t expect anything close to it for a $20 race fee. They also gave out drawstring back packs.
A retail space was set up with gear and a display from Diva Headbands. I was instantly drawn to a wide glitter band. I’m running in a dress. I need some bling.
I was happy to see Tammy and the other members of the Not Quite Ready For Prime Time Running crew. She told me to beware of a steep hill at mile 5.
The open road course was a beautiful loop around the Huber farm and vineyards. There were plenty of hills which seems to be my race theme these days. At 8 a.m., the sun was on full beam with high humidity. I took water at the 3 and 4.5 mile markers.
We hit a steep downhill, followed by a steep incline at 5.5 miles. I exchanged pleasantries with a fellow runner and then came a little friendly competition.
Another guy passed me, but I stayed on his heels. We turned into the parking lot finish area and I began sprinting. He wasn’t having it and left me! I couldn’t help but laugh. We put on a nice show for the spectators. There’s nothing like showing off at the end of a grueling race.
Fast guy came over and thanked me because I pushed him to finish strong. He had my attitude of not wanting to be passed at the end. I can dig it.
Saturday is still long run day, and my plan called for 8 miles. I rejoined the NQRFPTR group and did a conversation paced 2 miler as the Barnyard Dash results were tallied.
The organizers of the Barnyard Dash did an excellent job with post race fruit and access to fountain drinks. I don’t drink pop so I stuck with water.
The awards were cute male and female bobble head trophies. I’m still in awe at the quality of this event. A check was donated in the amount of $6000 to Crusade for Children.
Five members of our group received “hardware” as they called it. Tammy placed 1st Overall Grand Master and received a check to go along with her trophy.
When it came to my age group I was humbled because Pacers & Racers has some fast runners! Sure enough, the red and yellow team colors Pacers & Racers took 1st and 2nd place in the 35-39 women’s division. I squeezed out a 3rd place.
Splits: 6:55, 7:44, 7:59, 8:11, 8:03, 8:08.
There is room for improvement because I ran a 47:54 last year in Warner Robins, GA. I’ll try to 10K PR on a flat course and hopefully more shade with cooler temps.
The Nike dress gave me a sense of freedom while running. No chaffing issues. I loved feeling the breeze on the sides. There is a small zipper pocket on the side.
While I’m sharing deals, I have to give a major shout out to my friend Brooke! She price watched a Nike All Over Flash Running Jacket I texted her about back in February.
Brooke saw the jacket in the OK City Nike outlet a couple of months later. During Memorial weekend it was an additional 20% off.
Another week or two passed and Brooke sent me a text of the price being marked down to $65! I called Nike in OKC and they shipped my jacket for $10.
I know it is hot, but now is the time to grab your insulated gear. You will thank yourself later plus have more money towards your shoes and race fees.
Regardless of what you wear, a positive attitude is always your best accessory and it’s free!