Last night some friends and I ran the Finish at the 50 race. The race takes place around the Gillette Stadium and you finish at the 50 yard line.
There is a kids race at 3 pm, 5k at 5:30 pm and a 10k at 6:30 pm so it is great for all types of runners. Technically you could be crazy and run both the 5k and 10k because of the timing of the races. Our friend Derek was considering doing this next year since his wife (and my friend!) Ashley wants to run the 5k as her motivation race post-baby to get into shape with him. The only problem is that he also wants to try to run the 10k. I like his mindset with the solution being running both!
Waiting in the start line made me a little dizzy because there wasn’t much air circulation and all the body heat was making me feel claustrophobic. But once I got started, the race moved at a good pace. It was nothing like the Corporate Challenge where you are jumping all over the place to avoid the crowds.
The 5k course was around the stadium parking lot and about a mile of it was going up and down the handicap ramps of the stadium. While I was watching the 10k race, many of the people didn’t know you had to run up and down the ramps so there were quite a few obscenities being yelled out!
When you get to the top, there was a breeze so it cooled you down a bit-which you needed because it was 80+ degrees out and you felt like you were melting. The up-ramp might not have been so much fun, but I had some fun building up a little speed going down. I know that it’s usually good to keep a steady pace up and down an incline, but Dave and I sometimes try to go faster on the downhills.
I felt surprisingly great throughout the run. It was a bad week for my hips so I really had no idea what to expect. Maybe I do well in the heat…because I placed 7th in my age group out of 427 runners with a time of 25:19 (8:09 pace)! Dave did really well too! He was 13th in his age group out of 191 people at 45:12 (7:17 pace). We probably got an added adrenaline rush towards the finish because it was pretty cool to be able to run through a huge inflatable helment, finishing on the big screen at the 50 yard line.
It also was kind of motivating to see how well I did. I ‘m excited to get back into running to compete. However, for now, I’m focusing on my Pan-Mass Challenge training and studying. This was my last race until my exam is done in October!
Other tid bits about the race:
- FREE POST-RACE FOOD. We got a bag with a fruit leather, Craisons, multigrain chips, mini Lara bars, and bottles of water. Dave wished there were bananas and bagels.
- POST RACE FOOD AT RESTAURANTS. Unless you make a reservation, you should expect a long wait at most restaurants in Patriot’s Place. After Dave finished the 10k, we attempted to get into CBS Scene, but it was a 2.5 hour wait!
- WATER STOPS. The 5k had 1 water stop and the 10k had 4 stops. I didn’t even stop at the 5k stop because I figured I would just indulge at the end. Dave carried his CamelBak because he doesn’t like drinking from the cups during a race. If I ran the 10k, I might wear my water belt just because it is SO hot out! I chugged a Gatorade before the race and ate a banana since I was feeling a little weak.
- FAMILY TEAMS. There is an option to create a family team which is any family member or friend of the family. You are then eligible to win fastest 5 male, fastest 5 female, and/or MOST family team members!
- FIREWORKS! If you hang around until 9pm, there are fireworks! Dave and I caught some of them on our ride home after dinner.