Who let the dogs out? (McLeod Sports Medicine 10K Recap)

One of my biggest fears of running is being chased or attacked by a dog (or another animal) during a run.

Not these pups- who both found homes after the race!

After running 6.1 miles of Saturday morning’s McLeod Sports Medicine 10K, I turned the last corner of the race and revved up my legs to sprint the last .1.

Directly into the start of the Pet Walk.

Sprinting the last portion of a race is never easy.  It shouldn’t be if you really ran your best pace for the first 3 miles or 6.1 miles or 13 miles.  Needless to say, it’s a little harder when you’re dodging dogs and their people.

Fortunately, the friendly dogs didn’t try to be too friendly, and once I ran around all of them, I finished the race in 53:20 (8:36/mi pace).

As for the rest of the race, I ran this last year- my first 10K.  It was kinda nice going to a race and knowing exactly what to expect :).  The best thing about this race is that it’s a 5K, 10K, and a pet run/walk, so there’s something for everyone.  The race also has lots of activities for kids and a pretty awesome post-race pasta meal from Stefano’s, which I enjoyed.

As much as you can enjoy solid food after running 6 miles, that is ;).

Tons of people were at the race, which was really great because I got to see lots of other runners who I know.  It’s pretty cool how, in a small town, you see the same faces at each race and you get to know people.  The best thing about running is that it brings together people from all walks of life like that.  You always have someone to chat shiver with at the starting line.

No shivering in this race!  For once, it was unseasonably warm and a whopping 63 degrees at the 9 AM start.  63 degrees isn’t too bad, but anything over 70 is just crazy to run in, since your body feels 20 degrees warmer than the outside temperature when you’re running.

That means if you’re running in 80 degree temps, you should dress as if it’s 100 degrees, because that’s what it will feel like when you’re done.

Fortunately, as a lifelong resident of the dirty south who’s used to treadmill running, I was okay.

A couple of people from my job also ran this, and some other friends who said it was their first 5K or 10K.  Always great to meet new runners, too- this is a great race for first-timers, by the way.  I think everyone was super proud of their time and the effort it takes to get up super early on a Saturday to run or walk 3.1 or 6.2 miles.

Running isn’t easy, and sometimes the hardest part is having the courage to sign up for a race and actually show up at the starting line.  Very proud of the first time 5Kers :).

I got a sweet medal, which I wore for the rest of the day (AND to show my mommy the next day).  After all, the race weekend is really the only time it’s acceptable to just wear medals out in public!

Clay and I went out to Southern Hops with Ashley and Neil that night, and I even wore it to the restaurant.  The hostess thought it was awesome and gave me a high-five!

Runners, do you wear your race bling for the rest of the day?

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8 Responses to Who let the dogs out? (McLeod Sports Medicine 10K Recap)

  1. rundadrun says:

    Great race report! I wear my medals usually till I get home. If we stop for food, I wear them in to wherever we eat. But those t-shirts get worn at every opportunity! 🙂
    Happy running,
    Rundad

  2. Awesome race recap. I actually don’t wear my race bling (unless it’s a shirt). Normally I do a lot more road races in the summer so I have to go straight to work lifeguarding or something like that.

  3. Great job!! I usually don’t wear my bling once I leave the race, but I’m not gonna lie, I’ve been tempted to wear it everywhere 😉

  4. After my marathon I wore my medal everywhere I went annnnd in the car the whole ride back hahaha I def think you are allowed to 😉 ps. you had great weather for the race! so jealous of the warmth!

  5. Lindsay says:

    I usually wear mine until I shower… The only one I put on after showering was NYC marathon. I even wore it at the airport the next day. Well, I also put them back on if theres a post-race party and you need the medal for free entry or drinks haha. I’m just weird. It’s totally normal to wear it race weekend, I’m just a weirdo about it.

    I’m not a hater either, for the record. 🙂 except when people are a-hole fans, I don’t like those ones. Clemson has clearly sucked lately haha and I can easily admit that. I wasn’t raised Clemson/Carolina (my family is from NY originally).

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