2019 Race Number 64 Humana San Antonio Rock n Roll 5K

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Detailed Report:

BEFORE MY START

My 64th race of 2019 was the Humana San Antonio Rock n Roll 5K on Saturday, Dec 7th.  There was also a 10K.  These were  prelude races to the main events being held on Sunday, the Marathon, Half Marathon and Half Marathon Relay. This is quite a popular event and was very crowded.   Since there were so many participants, everyone was assigned starting corrals based on their predicted finish times on the entry form.  I was in Corral 4, based on my predicted 35-minute finish time, but that was pre-pacemaker and pre-hurt foot, so I expected today to do way longer than 35 minutes.  My wife, Gail, was in Corral 5.  She is a strong walker and walks about a 14 to 15 minute mile.

ON THE COURSE

Still nursing a sore left foot,  but at the Expo the day before I had chatted with a gentleman from Fleet Feet and he fitted me out with a nice pair of top-of-the line compression sleeves, which were not too expensive at all with the Expo discount and my military discount.  I figured I would give them a try and if they did not work for me, then I’d just walk the whole event.  Starters released each Corral, then held the next corral back for about 3 minutes or so, released them, and so forth.  My Corral finally got released about 10 minutes after Corral 1 started.  So..I just started an easy jog and was really pleasantly surprised. The sleeves fit well over my normal running socks and my feet did not feel ‘tight’ at all in my shoes.  After I started jogging, wow, I felt very comfortable and had no foot pain or discomfort.   I did my usual 8 minute run/2 minute walk thing, but also did not want to push it, so made a lot of photo stops and just pretty much ran/walked easier than I usually do. Felt pretty good the whole way and finished in 41:27, averaging about 12:57 miles. I was okay with that, just happy I was running again, felt good!  Helped that the course was flat too, at least the 5K was – point to point, with us finishing at Travis Park in downtown San Antonio for a really nice after-party.

After My Finish

Stood a bit back from the finish line and got a few photos of some others coming in, including a few of the people I had run with a times on the course – and some of the speedier 10K folks were also finishing up.  Saw my wife coming in and got a close-up of her smiling face.  Then we wandered around for a bit, enjoying some of the after-race goodies, including a beer for me.  Gail headed on back since she wanted to go to the Expo again, and I hung around for a bit more chatting with friends and new friends and getting some after photos.

EPILOGUE

I don’t know how the 10K went, but the 5K is a nicely done event on a really good route, crossing over some road bridges that provide a nice view of the San Antonio Riverwalk below.  Everyone got a finisher medal and the race shirt is pretty nice quality.  I probably would do the 5K again in the future sometime – since it’s the only one of  RnR races I can do, lol, since I can’t run distance anymore;  the 5K was an enjoyable experience and all the volunteers on the course and in the finish area after were great..  There was also a nice post-race area for kids, where they played games, could get photos with a Taco costumed person, and so forth. Nice touch.

Many thanks to all the people who made this one happen for we participants, including all the sponsors, vendors, volunteers, police officers and EMTs out there for us, the Rock n Roll and Humana folks at the expo for packet pickup, all of them were great and packet pickup this year was quite efficient and well done. I think San Antonio Sports was involved with this one too, so thanks to them also. Apologies and thanks to anyone I may not have mentioned here that was also involved.

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2019 Santa Antonio 5K, Dec 1, 2019

This is the original Santa 5K of San Antonio, started way back when.  I did not run it this year, as I am still nursing a sore foot. Instead I went down to give support to my other running friends and also acted as an ‘unofficial’ photographer for the organizers, with their permission, taking some before, on-the-course, and after photos.  This is always a well done event, lots of fun, nice post-race party, and the registration includes a full Santa suit for all participants.  Start and finish at Sunset Station in San Antonio, Texas, near The Alamodome and downtown San Antonio.

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2019 Race 63 Leftover 5K and 8-Miler

Detailed report with photos:

https://www.runningahead.com/groups/BF_and_Beyond/forum/Post/3e23acade4fc4efdb4f8f973d869cbf9#focus

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BEFORE MY START

My 63rd event of 2019 was the inaugural Leftover 5K, held on Nov 30.  There was also an 8-miler.  This is a fun-run put on to help raise funds for Parents Academy, an organization that empowers parents with positive parenting skills to help reduce family stress and build family successes.  Location was at a recently completed San Antonio Greenway trail near The Olive Garden restaurant near the intersection of highways 1604 and IH-10.  Start time of 8 a.m.  I arrived with about 40 minutes to start time and got a few photos.  For an inaugural event, this one had a pretty nice turn-out.  Weather folks had called for rain, but it did not rain on us. However, it was near 70 degrees at star time, with near 100% humidity.  And by tomorrow (Dec 1) San Antonio temps will be down in the 40s again.  Crazy South Texas weather!

ON THE COURSE

Still nursing a sore left foot, so I decided to just let everyone go ahead of me – 8 milers and 5K folks all started together – and then just walk slowly on my own for maybe a mile or so and then just come back.  As it turned out, once I started, my foot ‘twinged’ a bit, but I was fairly comfortable, so I ended up walking the whole darn 5K, averaging a blazing speed of about 24 minutes per mile, lol.  I actually ended up with negative splits, first mile in 26-something, 2nd mile in 24-something, and 3rd 1.1 mile in 22-something, finishing in 1:16:08, with my only goal just TO finish.    I was pretty much dead last for the whole course – the turn-round volunteers were happy to see me, lol, since they could pack up – but that was okay, it was a nice walk and I enjoyed myself.   This was also a nice mental confidence booster that my foot is healing; slowly healing, but it is healing.  I got lots of on-course photos, especially as I was going toward the turn-round point and all the other participants were coming back toward me.

After My Finish

Since this was a fun run – no awards, but finisher medals to all finishers – a lot of folks had already taken off, but there was still a nice little crowd of finishers, and some 8-mile folks still on the course and also coming into the finish. After relaxing a bit and getting some water in me, I wandered around taking a few photos of some of the participants and supporters still there.

EPILOGUE

Really nicely done inaugural event on a recently opened greenway trail that is very nicely done, going over bridges, under bridges, near some nice “woodsy’ scenery, and so forth  Very wide trail, so nicely accommodating for other runners, cyclists and walkers not doing the event, with enough room for them to get  around the racing folks.  Will definitely be doing some future training runs on this trail, especially as it is only about a 5 minute or so drive from where I work at UTSA.  After-event goodies included a choice of bean-and-cheese or potato-and-egg breakfast tacos.  Nicely designed cotton tee quality race shirt and a unique finisher medal to all finishers.   I would recommend this to others and would do this one again.  Well done, organizers, well done.

Many thanks to all the people who made this one happen for we participants, including all the sponsors, vendors, volunteers, police officers out there for us – I saw a couple of bike police when I was doing my ‘lonely walk’ on the way back –  Athlete Guild race management company for timing, results, helping with course setup, etc.; restaurants Olive Garden and Lone Star Steak House for the temporary use of their parking lots; and anyone else I may not have mentioned here

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2019 Race 62: Boerne YMCA Turkey Trot 5K and 10K

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BEFORE MY START

My 62nd race of 2019, held on Nov 23, was The Boerne YMCA Family Turkey Trot 5K.  There was also a 10K, a 1-Mile walk, and a Kids Run.  Event was held at the Town Square in Boerne, Texas, about a 30-minute drive from where I live in San Antonio.  Weather was pretty cooperative, although a bit chilly before the start, at 43 degrees or so.  Warmed up quite nicely to around 47 after the sunrise.  Nice sunshine and blue skies for us.  I arrived with about an hour to go to the 8:05 a.m 5K start – the 10K started 5 minutes before the 5K- and got a few pre-start photos.

ON THE COURSE

We started on one side of the Town Square, went about halfway around it, then through a parking lot to some adjacent streets.  From here we were on paved streets taking us through some pretty nice neighborhoods.  I soon realized we were pretty much doing the same course as last year, except this year the course was done in reverse.  That was nice because it gave us only 1 uphill on the way to the finish line, and the ‘bigger’ hill – an uphill on the way out on last year’s course – was downhill now.  Pretty flat to the finish, with one incline to go up right before we finished.  I did okay, 5th in my age group (60 – 69), 34:52 time, and my mile 2 to mile 3 was 10:11.  I had negative splits for this course, but my left foot “popped” right before the finish line – ouch!  I thought maybe I had a stress fracture, but was able to walk around a bit post-race and, while my foot still hurt, it felt better as I moved around; can walk okay, but definitely can’t run on it; so I think maybe I have a bit of tendonitis in there – bottom of the left foot, right underneath the middle outer edge of my foot – and might have to take some time off for a bit; so much for my planned races for Thanksgiving week.

After My Finish

I think this event is one of the best-kept secrets in the San Antonio area running community. It has grown – there were around 800 participants this year – but still not as well-known as some of the more popular events for this weekend in New Braunfels, San Antonio, etc.  People see YMCA in the race title and probably think low-key laid-back race with not a lot to offer.  So wrong.  The first time I did this race…just wow….and this has become one of my favorites to do every year. Post-race there was a Cowboy Breakfast served up for all who wanted it; massage tables; Arrosti onsite for those who needed injury advice, massage, etc; two different local beer brewery vendors; brisket taco wraps; one of these self-photo booth cameras; all kinds of fruits, other drinks, freebies from sponsors, and vendors;  a “Turkey” going around  start/finish area you could get a photo with;  and more; so many booths I can’t remember them all.  I went around happily munching and having my one beer, and taking photos of people I encountered, chatted with, etc.

EPILOGUE

As noted, really nice event, one I will continue to do.  If I can’t run it, I will walk it. Very nice goodie bag too, chock full of stuff, and the race shirt is a very nice quality long-sleeved tech tee.  Color for participants was green and the volunteers had a pink shirt.  I wanted to buy one of those pink long-sleeved shirts for whenever I did a Breast Cancer event – very nice shirt and very colorful, one of the best pink tech tee shirts I’ve ever seen – but unfortunately after they were distributed to all the volunteers, none were left. Oh well.  I really enjoy this event and will continue to do it in the future.  Most assuredly, would recommend it.  And for those who want to ‘sleep in’ a bit and make a weekend of it, there is a really nice hotel right beside the starting area/town square. Boerne has some nice shoppes and its own Riverwalk – smaller than San Antono’s but still quite nice – you can walk or run along – so well worth a visit to Borne if you’ve never come.

Many thanks to all the people who made this one happen for we participants, including all the sponsors, vendors, volunteers, EMTs and police officers out there for us; all the drivers along the course for their great patience as they waited for us to pass; Redemption for doing the course set-up, timing, and results; and any others I may not have mentioned here.  Thanks so much for what you do so we participants can have this race.

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2019 Race 61, Scallywompus Battle of Leon Creek 5K

My 61st race of 2019 was the Scallywompus Battle of Leon Creek 5K on Nov 16, starting and finishing at an apartment complex near the University of Texas at San Antonio.  This was the last race in the Alamo Beer Series, a series of 4 races that gradually built up distances in preparation for the upcoming San Antonio Rock n Roll Marathon/Half Marathon the first weekend of December.  The main event was a 20-miler and there was also a 10-miler.

Detailed commentary report w/photos:

https://www.runningahead.com/groups/BF_and_Beyond/forum/Post/c9ba5d2792274c2ab94780d1a453b041#focus

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2019 Race Number 60 San Antonio District 3 5K

My 60th race of 2019 was the District 3 5K held on Nov 9, 2019.  The was a free event sponsored by San Antonio District 3 Councilwoman Viagran. The event is part of the Fit Family Challenge 5K in which various District Council members put on an event over the year to encourage San Antonio citizens/families to get out and be fit and lead healthier lives.  Race location at new trails across recently opened across from local small aircraft airport Stinson Field in San Antonio.  These trails are part of San Antonio’s greenway trails system.

Detailed commentary/photos report:

https://www.runningahead.com/groups/BF_and_Beyond/forum/Post/273f6a1cd2b646a8a85c20cab14be8c3#focus

Photos Slideshow:

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2019 Race 59: Para Mi 5K

My 59th race of 2019 was the Para Mi 5K supporting CentroMed, a local nonprofit health organization.  Held on Nov 2 in downtown San Antonio, starting and finishing right near the Frost Tower of Frost Bank.  Race start time was an early 7:30 a.m, with free parking for all participants at a nearby parking garage.

Detailed commentary/photo report:

https://www.runningahead.com/groups/BF_and_Beyond/forum/Post/8bcd440902c447a7b23076405648e908#focus

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