I mentioned a few weeks ago that I had the opportunity to be an ambassador for the Esprit de She Houston run, which happened to be last Thursday evening.
If you have the opportunity to do an Esprit de She race or tri, you should! The evening included a 5k and 10k race, shopping, champagne and a yoga class.
The worst part was getting there- Houston’s rush hour traffic is awful. I left my house at 4:30, for what should have been a 20 minute drive. Packet pick up closed at 5:45, and I found a parking spot at 5:30. Talk about stress! I got a short jog in on my way to packet pick up and that was it for my warm up. Maybe half a mile.
Thankfully, I made it in time to get my bib and bag of goodies and stashed them in one of the many sponsor tents. Love these tanks!
The race started at 6pm. It was a muggy 80 degrees with a thunderstorm warning, so the humidity was high. With those conditions, my goal was to enjoy the race and run based on how I felt.
We took off on time, and suddenly I was alone in the front. I knew most women were running with friends, and for a rare moment, I got to feel what it was like to be the first one behind the bicycle!
Within the first mile, a girl came up from behind and passed me. She stayed far enough ahead of me to keep me motivated to chase her for the rest of the race.
A few miles in, I realized a new pr was possible. My 10ks have been far from my predicted times based on my 5k and half marathon, so given the right conditions, I knew I would soon break it. But I didn’t expect this to be the night!
Miles 1-3: 6:51, 6:57, 6:50
The heat was definitely getting to me. I hadn’t run all week since the 5k race, as I’ve been transitioning into a running break with more cross training (more on that soon). So my legs were somewhat fresh but somewhat confused. I had maintained my spinning, elliptical and weights and didn’t have any days off this week, so I felt better than I expected to.
The second half was tough. It was a two loop course, which is mentally not so fun. The only advantage was that we started passing the back of the pack 5k runners, so it gave me a nice distraction to focus on passing people.
The other 10k girl that I was chasing began to slow down in the last mile. I wasn’t exactly moving quickly, but I was consistent enough to pass her. Miles 4-6: 6:59, 6:58, 6:53…and final .2 6:42 pace
Final time: 42:47 (new pr)
Good enough for first place! I even got to break the ribbon.
They had great food afterwards- hot food from My Fit Foods (these are all over Houston), yogurt, fresh fruit, pretzels and a “bubbly bar” with access from a bib ticket.
The stage even had live music.
Afterwards, I got to meet up with some other local bloggers.
I’ve been lucky to meet up with Landi at several races. She’s so sweet! I’m going to miss seeing her when we move.
I hung around for the awards, and chatted with some friendly triathletes who agreed to take a few pictures for me.
They also invited me to train with them for tris… I have to admit, I’m tempted.
Inside the prize bag: an Athleta tee, headphones, a sweatband and a magazine subscription to Experience Life.
The whole event was well organized, had a lot of “extras” for a small race, and they even share race photos for free! I haven’t seen mine yet, but I’m excited to check them out.
Have you ever run an evening race? Have you surprised yourself with a pr on what was supposed to be a fun run?