Gate River Run 2017

The Gate River Run is my favorite run of the year. A 15k, its 9.3 miles is long enough to be challenging but still doable. I’ve managed to participate in the Gate River Run for 10 years straight which I think is pretty impressive. Unfortunately this year I was fighting another injury (Plantar Fasciitis) that would keep me from participating in the 15k. I was really disappointed but had to keep the streak alive. As a result, I registered and walked the 5k this year. It was interesting to see the race day from a different perspective.

CYJQ1236

Since my friend, Elena, has moved to China, I had to drive to this race on my own. That too was odd. Running races has alwasy been a very social experience for me. I love running into friends at the races and meeting up for beers afterwards. This year I did manage to sneak in a meetup with my fitness friend, Anna, at the portolets!

SZQG6815

I also ran into my Tropical Smoothie Cafe friends Margo and Nick which was a nice surprise! Tropical Smoothie Cafe is a sponsor of the 1st Place Sports Running Grand Prix Race Series so they were there to participate in the 5k run as well!

SDUJ4851

Just like the 15k, everyone lined up at the start eager to get going.

AAWU8847

We started at the fairgrounds and headed West towards downtown. There were many walkers in the 5k so I thankfully didn’t feel too alone here.

AUKC5479

We walked just passed Hemming Park. It was an interesting course because I’d never run this route before. I’m used to running 5k downtown that start from the Landing with a similar course, so this was a nice change.

BSQI1043

CJSE1513

Walked passed Sweet Petes and Candy Apple Cafe! Makes me think of their delicious bacon!

GMRG0901

LBTX4996

This whole race was a struggle and not that much fun. My foot was cramping and really bothering me. I just couldn’t stretch it out. Frustrating to think I was struggling just to walk 3 miles.

MYEN7140

But I got my medal and kept the streak alive, so at least there’s that.

WYXK9291

Afterwards I headed to the Cora Rehab tent inside the Personal Running Solutions tent for free ASTYM from Kasey. I should warn you. If she’s over caffinated, avoid at all costs! haha This was the most needed yet most painful ASTYM I’ve ever had. She was an ASTYM machine that morning and very popular with all the runners. I was so glad she was there!

UKVQ2493

Afterwards, I snuck over to the Gate VIP area. Thankful I managed to get a wristband this year. It’s great because they have chairs, beer, food and ice cream!

AXEM7234

Yaaaaaas!

I would love to hear your thoughts! Leave a comment!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s