7 Mile Run + Beaver Stadium Run 5k (Race Recap)

22 Apr

Happy Monday! I hope you had a great weekend.

The hubby and I are embarking on major spring cleaning, including going through everything in our basement and purging and organizing. So needless to say, my weekend was filled with a lot of cleaning and organizing, as well as a good bit of running, to be expected. ๐Ÿ™‚

I totally slacked on Saturday with getting out the door to do my scheduled 10 miler. I just wasn’t feeling it. So instead I decided to do 7 miles before my planned 5k race on Sunday.

On Sunday I woke up around 7 so that I was to the race location by 8. I was able to check in and get my packet, drop it off in my car, and then I went off to do 7 miles. I had a rough route in mind but I sort of winged it. I took it super duper slow. LOTS of walk breaks. I didn’t want to be a complete failure for the 5k later in the day. ๐Ÿ™‚ I did the 7 miles in 1:45. Like I said, super duper slow and easy. My legs felt pretty good when I was done. Iย purposelyย chugged a lot of water and took a Gu (something I normally wouldn’t do for a 7 mile run) so that I was hydrated and getting some “food”.

I got back from my run around 9:45, and took some time to change my clothes (so glad I thought to bring an extra shirt to change into!), eat some Gu chomps, chug some more water, go to the bathroom, etc. It was a little chilly outside so I spent a good 10 minutes in my car just trying to get my body heat back to normal again.

The race didn’t start until 11, but I was glad to have a lot of time to relax, change, stretch and mill around with some friends before it started. The race was the Beaver Stadium Run, in State College, PA. I have run this race for four years now (here is my 2011 recap) and I am so impressed with how it has literally doubled in size every year. This year there was ~3500ish runners! That’s more than at the Hershey 10k! Super impressive. The race benefits the Special Olympics of Pennsylvania so it is a great cause.

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I was decked out in pink. ๐Ÿ™‚ I had decided early on that this race was just for fun. And give the crowds at the beginning and all the weaving I needed to do, in addition to the fact that there was only a chip at the end, I am so glad I did. My official time was 39:17, but according to my Garmin (which I started when I crossed the start), my time was 38:14. Not my best by any stretch but I had a good time and felt strong given that it was miles 8, 9 and 10 for me.

At the end of the race you get to run through the tunnel and onto the 50 yard line of Beaver Stadium’s field. It is a rush, especially if you’re a Nittany Lion football fan. ๐Ÿ™‚

Franco Harris has been a huge supporter of the race since the beginning (the first year I even met him and got a photo with him – I’ll have to share that sometime!). I give him a big ol’ high five as I ran to the finish line.

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And what’s this?! A finish line photo where I look like I’m having fun?! Awesome! haha. It pays to have a friend who is one of the photographersย for the event. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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After the race I met up with my friends, and our friend who was a photographer for the event. We milked having access to stand on Beaver Stadium’s turf for as long as we could and took a bazillion photos. I just wanted to share this one.beaverstadiumrun2013_5She was taking individual photos of us, and the way we were standing, I joked that I felt like a cheerleader, so I put my arm up to cheer. ๐Ÿ™‚

Running the Beaver Stadium Run is a great opportunity. It’s well-organized (though I think they’re going to have to be careful if the race size continues to grow like it has the past four years), a great course and finish line, and for a really good cause.

 

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4 Responses to “7 Mile Run + Beaver Stadium Run 5k (Race Recap)”

  1. Amanda @ There Are 2 Sides April 23, 2013 at 8:32 am #

    Looks like you had fun!!

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