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Lucky Leprechaun 5K – Reston Town Center

Made it out to the Lucky Leprechaun 5K at Reston Town Center this morning with my sister.  This was a first for both of us and we’ll definitely be back again next year!  The race was put on by Potomac River Running and had additional sponsorship from Clyde’s Restaurant, Fast Track and Endurance Athlete Center.  Big turn out and it was full of green, rainbows, leprechauns, kilts and bagpipes.

We picked up our packets no problem the morning of the race right at the Potomac River Running store.  I desperately need new running shoes and I had ample opportunity to eyeball all of the shoes while I waited in line to grab my packet. The pair below is just what I want!!  I’ve read from reviews they are a bit narrow but that might be better for my feet as they slide around a bit now in my +New Balance shoes.  I absolutely love the colors on these +ASICS Gel-Nimbus 14 grape/pink shoes!  Just need to save up the $140 retail for them.  Whew!  I saw them in action on a few runners and I was instantly jealous!  I also saw a few ladies running in Coach shoes which was amusing as those are more for fashion than functionality but hey if it works….

Gel-Nimbus 14 from Asics
The weather held up nicely for the actual race.  Only a few spots of rain at the end.  We had plenty of layers on as it was pretty chilly with the morning wind; temps were okay at 44 degrees.  There were so many people there and they were all different ages.  I had been fighting off flu like symptoms this week so I was a bit under the weather this morning but did fairly well.  This is my third run in a long time and only my second 5K distance in about 9 months.  Thanks to +RunKeeper for being an awesome app and tracking my workout!

We finished in just over 39 minutes which isn’t great but it felt good; plenty of room for improvement.  Made it 1.25 miles without walking and then from that point it was a walk .10 miles/run .75 miles type finish.    My sister was super nice and ran with me the whole time (she totally could have smoked me at sub 30 but chose not to!).  She’s going to have a lot of solo training ahead of her for the +Marine Corps Marathon this fall.

After the run they had plenty of water for us and folks were lining up for the Irish food from Clyde’s.  We ended up waiting in line for a good 25 minutes for the food and decided not to double that by waiting in the drink line even though there was a Bailey’s coffee with my name on it!  The Irish burrito easily added back on the 594 calories I burned that morning; but it was well worth it!  Come on….corned beef, potatoes, egg and cheddar cheese rolled up in a burrito of deliciousness?  Not a bad way to refuel:)
Even as we were leaving the town center the ‘after party’ was just getting started.  There was a band getting ready to play on stage, more food and drinks and events for the children.  They need to start bringing in moon bounces for adults #justsaying.  Next 5K is in two weeks in Arlington, VA.  Hopefully I’ll have a new pair of +ASICS or +New Balance and my +Sony #fitnesswalkman to help me get closer to my goal of a sub 30:00 time on the 5K!  Once I hit that goal then it will be time to move on to 10K races.  Wohoo!!