Unfortunately this race did not turn out as I had hoped. I am actually reluctant to even call it race #3 seeing as how my parents and I ended up not running. As I was driving down to Newport the skies were lighting up and the rain was pouring down. This was around 5:30 and the race was scheduled to start at 7. When I arrived to the hotel, we found out that the race was delayed until 7:30. The rain was not as heavy at the time, but the wind was pretty brutal. We ended up making an executive decision and not run the race.
BUT we did end up running a 5K on the treadmills in the hotel gym. My ultimate goal for these 30 races is to motivate myself to get in better shape. So even if I wasn’t running the race, I wanted to run something. We ended up working ourselves into quite a sweat since the gym was super hot.
After a quick shower, and at the suggestion of the concierge, my parents and I headed to Speakeasy Bar & Grille for dinner. I ordered a Pour Judgment IPA, which was delicious with just a hint of peach flavor, for my beverage. For dinner I started with house salad with balsamic vinaigrette, and my entrée was a medium rare filet mignon with stilton cheese butter and port wine sauce with sides of skin-in mashed potatoes and asparagus with broccoli. The entire meal was absolutely delicious. My steak was cooked perfectly and the service was excellent. A great evening, despite it not going exactly as planned.
When I got home I started doing some research in to other races and I happened upon an e-mail for these Craft Brew Races. They take place over the course of 4 months and happen in each New England state. Along with the 5K, you can opt to buy tickets to the local brew festival. Running and beer? What could be better? With these races I will have 4 back to backs, but I think I can handle it. It’s called a challenge for a reason!
With the inclusion of these 6 races, and NOT including the Newport Night Run, I will have 30 races lined up for 2014! They’re not all signed up for yet, but they don’t interfere with each other. The research is done, now I just need to sign up!
The next race (which will be ran!) is the Irish 5K this Saturday in Pawtucket. It’s the start of the Tour de Patrick.
Have you ever had to bail on a race?