It was a double header of races this weekend! On Saturday, March 8 we ran the St. Pat’s 5K in Providence, RI and Sunday, March 9th was the Guinness Celtic 5K in Worcester, MA. What I love the most about these races is the fact that the local St. Patrick’s Day parade literally follows right after the race, so the crowds are always in high numbers and high spirits.
The St. Pat’s 5K ended up being the warmer of the two. The morning temps were in the 30s but it quickly jumped to the 50s when the race started at 11. Needless to say my parents and I weren’t exactly dressed for the warmer temps. We ended up shedding a layer or two just before the start. Nothing like wearing a pullover around your waist, weighed down with large gloves shoved in the pockets.
This route has always been a favorite of mine because it’s not too challenging but it’s still interesting. I swear, these three miles go by faster than any other 5K I’ve done. I didn’t run as fast as I have in the past, but I still managed to stay under 10 minute miles. I know that as the year goes on, I’ll (hopefully) improve my time.
After the race, I had the immense pleasure of meeting up with local blogger, Courtney, who writes Don’t Blink, Just Run. We had been following each other for a couple of months now and decided to meet up when we found out we were running the same race. She was just as nice and funny as she portrays on her blog and we were able to chat for a few minutes while we were calming down from the warm run. She’s running a few races in Rhode Island so I certainly hope to “run” in to her again!
The Guinness Celtic 5K this morning in Worcester was a bit colder, never getting any warmer than the low 30s. This was the first of the 3 races that I never ran before, so the course was brand new to me. My parents said it was a straight out and back with minimal incline. There were a few hills but they were right when they said it was quick. And the crowds today were definitely bigger than the other two. Everyone was getting ready to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! Think noise makers, food trucks and tailgating.
So I’ve completed 5 races so far! This is my first weekend of back to back races and there are so many more to come! This coming Sunday is the big 5K in Davis Square, Somerville!
Have you ever done back to back races?