Race Report: Beat the Deadline 5K

When Natalie suggested I run the National Press Club’s Beat the Deadline 5K, I was apprehensive.  I’m not good at 5K races, but this one looked like fun, so I figured “Why not?”  Since I do triathlons, I’m running a lot more 5Ks as part of my races, so why not give this a shot?

This race was super well organized.  I don’t know what I was expecting, but this was amazing.  Great crowd control, and Tony Horton as the MC!  He did an event on Thursday night that I was bummed to have to miss, but having him doing warmups before the race for the runners was a bit intimidating.

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I loved all the various teams from the press organizations.  The guys above were from U.S. News and World Report.  I LOVED that they had ranked themselves as runners.  Too funny.  And there were a ton of them out there.

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This course was awesome!  It was just a simple out and back in DC, but where else can you run past such great scenery?

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My race was pretty good.  40:45, with stops for pictures.  Not bad.  Not great, since I wanted to run under 40 minutes, but I’ll take it.  When it comes to short races, I’m really battling my heart rate, because I can only push so hard.  I think I may need to play around with my run/walk intervals for shorter races to find out what works for me.  For longer distances, I do one minute intervals.  For the run portion of triathlons, I’ve been dropping to 30 second intervals.  That just didn’t feel right here, but I felt I could have done more than 1 minutes.  I’ll figure something out.

And then, if that weren’t enough, after the race, there was a catered breakfast inside the National Press Club.  Eggs, bacon, pancakes, pastries, fruit, and my beloved coffee.  Lots of awards and a generally friendly vibe.

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One big discussion during and after this race was the story of Jason Rezaian, a Washington Post reporter who has been in an Iranian prison since July 22, 2014.  To help spread the word, we got an option of shirts at registration – either a standard race shirt or a Free Jason shirt.  You can see what I chose.
IMG_1022This race was a lot of fun, and I will definitely be back next year.  Who knew I could enjoy a little 5K this much?!

 

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