Diva Dash & Blacklight Run Race Recaps

Saturday morning, I ran the Diva Dash 5k, then Saturday night, I ran the Blacklight Run 5k!  I have 2 race recaps and lots of pictures from my double race Saturday to share!

Amy and I won entries to the Diva Dash 5k, so there was no better plan than to run it together! It was a relatively chilly morning, for August, and it was misty and overcast.  We started conservatively, and picked up the pace each mile to end up with perfect negative splits (each mile was 30 seconds faster than the previous).  We came across the line in my second fastest 5k time, so I was thrilled, especially since I wasn’t in the mood to race!!

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After the race, we met up with Sandey and Melissa, and ended up going to brunch after the race.  Side note, there was SO MUCH PINK and SO MANY TUTUS at this race.  Pink overload, for sure.  (Sidenote: notice how I’m the only one not in pink! Stand out people!)

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5k #1 of the day DONE!

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Saturday evening, I met up with Michelle and lots of her Y friends to run the Blacklight Run 5k.  We ate a quick dinner a coupe hours before the race, then headed out to Sandstone Amphitheater for the race.  (Sidenote: notice how I’m dressed differently than everyone else.  Stand out people!)

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I ran into Derek before the race, this was his 24th 5k of the year!

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The weather was beyond perfect.  The sun had come out Saturday afternoon and burned off some of the humidity.  It was cool, breezy, and perfect.  Such amazing and unseasonable weather for August.

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I ran perfect negative splits (this time each mile was 20 seconds faster than the previous) again for this race, totally unplanned – I was tired and didn’t want to run a second 5k on Saturday, but pushed and ended up besting my 5k time from Saturday morning to pull out my new second best 5k time, only 20 seconds away from my 5k PR, which I was really proud of, considering I had already ran a 5k earlier in day!

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We all got back together after the race and celebrated by watching the after party, complete with exploding color packets, blacklights, and loud music.  We headed home a little while later, and I promptly showered and went to bed.

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5k #2 of the day done!

Running 2 5k’s in a day was fun, but not really something I’m looking to do again anytime soon! It was a tiring day.  It was really fun to run with lots of different people at different races.

Have you ever ran 2 races in 1 day before? I’ve done 2 races in a weekend before, but never 2 in a day!

Monday Mentionings: August 22

What a weekend this past weekend was! Let’s start off with the week first.

Chris came home on Monday after being gone the entire week before.  Mom, Dad, and I booked flights Monday night to watch Kristen’s first Ironman next month.  Can’t wait to see her dominate that course and become an Ironman!

Wednesday night, I went on a quick run before Chris came over, then you can read (here) about how the cops were called because my Road ID app malfunctioned and set my mom off in a panic!

Thursday night I went down to the Crossroads to watch Chris’ band perform at an open mic night.  It was a lot of fun, I can’t wait to watch them play again.  You can check the band out here.

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Saturday was quite the day!  I ran the Diva Dash 5k with Amy in the morning, followed by brunch with the girls.

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Then, I ran the Blacklight Run 5k Saturday night with Michelle and some of her friends.

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I ended up having my 2nd fastest 5k Saturday morning, then topped it by having a new second fastest time Saturday night!  I’ll have a double race recap up soon!

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Sunday morning, Chris and I ran, and for some reason, every picture I took was blurry!  It was a gorgeous weekend for runs, definitely not typical August weather.

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Sunday evening was spent watching Harry Potter, and I got a surprise Red Wings shirt from Chris – I told him this would be the only Detroit/ Michigan shirt I could wear.  Plus I don’t know a thing about hockey.  GO ROYALS!

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Have a great week, I hope you enjoy the cooler weather while it lasts!

A Lesson Learned

A true story:

I went for a short little run before Chris came over last night – we planned on running 3-4 miles together, and I wanted to run a bit more than that.  I put my Road ID app on (it alerts contacts you choose to your run, and they can track you via GPS, and if you stop moving for 5 minutes, it sends a SOS text), and set off for a quick mile.  I finished my mile, Chris arrived, and we headed out for 3-4 miles.

Fast forward a bit, and we had about half a mile left to run, and a police officer stops, gets out of his car, and approaches Chris and I.  He asks if I’m Renee, and asks a few other questions to verify my identity.  Apparently, I forgot to turn my app off after my solo mile, and my Road ID app either malfunctioned, or something happened and it sent my Mom a text saying I had been stationary for 5 minutes, and it sent my last known location (via GPS).  I hadn’t stopped for more than 5 minutes, and the time limit I had set hadn’t happened.  I’m really not sure why the app sent this SOS text to Mom.

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I quickly pulled out my phone and saw 17 missed calls, a voicemail, and several texts.  I felt so bad that the police were out looking for me.  The police officer notified the other police officers/dispatch that I was found, and I called Mom, very embarrassed.  I let Mom know I was safe, and apologized to her and the officer for all the trouble. I texted everyone who called/texted me to let them know I was alive, and Chris and I ran the last half mile to my apartment.

Moral of the story: The Road ID app works.  Another moral of the story: I should have checked and turned off the Road ID app when I started running with Chris – I usually only use the app when I am running alone.  Third moral of the story: Mom knows best, and will call the police if necessary to find me.  Last moral of the story: The Road ID app isn’t prefect, but it’s a useful tool.

Lesson learned.