I was so excited to run one of my favorite races on Sunday….the Rock CF Rivers 5k. As you probably already know this was the 5th anniversary of the Rock CF Races and I have participated in it every single year! That is how much I love Rock CF.
Race morning was pretty easy because I am familiar with the drive to Grosse Ile as well as the location of packet pick up and the starting line. Knowing what you are doing and where you are going makes things feel a little smoother.
Speaking of packet pick up, here is a look at this year’s Rock CF shirt. Even the 5kers got long-sleeved shirts this time around!
Rock CF always does a great job with their shirts. I don’t love the grey color this year only because I like flashier colors but I do love the lightning bolt on the back.
Race morning was a tad chilly. March is so hit and miss for us Michiganders and this is the main reason why I have been doing the 5k the last few years at Rock CF versus the half. I do love the half course so maaaaaybe next year. We should be due for a warm March by then, right?
The 5k starts in an airplane hangar at the airport which is pretty cool and it keeps you a tad warmer than standing outside. The course then eventually winds down by the water which is very scenic and then eventually the 5k ends on the school track. Well usually it ends on the track but this year the race routes were changed up due to snow that just would not melt. I didn’t mind the change but it was a bit odd since I am so used to the normal course.
My goal for this race was to finish in under 30 minutes and I am happy to say that I did!
As you can see, I came in 11th in my age group which was a surprise to me since I didn’t think my time was fast enough to place that high. I kind of wish I had pushed it a little bit more. Oh well. And while I placed well, my time wasn’t fast enough to allow me to ring the new PR Gong that they had at the finish line this year as my 5k PR is 26:33. I’m still happy with my time though!
After crossing the finish line I collected my sweet finishers medal.
Isn’t it great?!
I then waited for Chris to finish so we could move on to my next favorite part of the Rock CF experience….the post race food! It’s that good, no joke. Rock CF always has Panera bagels and lots of homemade cookies. This year they also had Absopure water (Woot!) and Great Lakes Potato Chips which were super tasty.
After refueling I went in search of my 5 yearer (it’s a word, I swear) present. How great is it that Rock CF did something special for their runners that had been with them since the beginning?
Ready to see what it was that I got?
A Rock CF poster!
I’ll be honest, I was actually hoping for one of the shirts with the number five on the back that the volunteers were wearing but the poster is actually pretty cool. I’ve hung it up on a wall near my treadmill for motivation when I run. The posters are all numbered too. Mine is number 35 out of 100!
After the race Chris and I headed home and I ran another 3 miles since I had 6 miles scheduled for the day. I tried to convince Chris that we should just run the course again before we left but he didn’t seem to thrilled with the idea.
For both the race and my second run, I tried out a new pair of socks. Yes, I know a broke the cardinal rule of running but I do that from time to time. Plus I figure I can handle just about anything for three miles.
Thanks to Feetures who sent me a pair of their socks to try out, I got to see what all the fuss is about regarding their socks! And it turns out that those runners who are Feetures fanatics are fanatics for a reason! They are so comfy! I didn’t have any chafing issues with them or any discomfort with them whatsoever while running. In fact, while running I dubbed them the socks that gave my feet warm hugs. Kind of like Olaf but not as cold. I will definitely be adding more Feetures socks to my sock collection now that I’ve tried them out. I can even see me wearing them as everyday socks as well.
Did you do any running / racing over the weekend?
Have you tried Feetures socks?