Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Dairy Dash 15k Race Recap

   The race report for the Dairy Dash is a little late - like a month.  My 101-year old grandmother passed away a few days after this race and I've been too busy with life to write anything.
   For those who don't know, the Dairy Dash is kind of a Nashville tradition. It's held every Spring in Metro Center. It's sponsored by Purity Dairies and one of the big draws is that they give away ice cream at the end. In years past, it's had a 5k and a 10k, and I usually run both (as a lot of people do). However this year, they added a 15k, so I signed up for that instead.

   This race has a lot of pros: It's conveniently located with a ton of parking. It's a flat, one-lap course. It's a very popular race and I got to see a lot of friends. It raises a lot of money for local charities. It's a great, great race and it was run very well. I just have one issue: THEY RAN OUT OF ICE CREAM FOR THE 15K!!
   Do you have any idea how upsetting it is to run almost 10 miles thinking there is ice cream at the finish and then have there not be any? It's VERY upsetting. I kind of understand how this happened - the Kid's Fun Run and the 5k started first, and therefore got first dibs on the ice cream. The 10k started with the 15k, however, I heard that they ran out even before the 10k was done. But let's be honest, while I understand HOW this happened, there really isn't any excuse FOR this to happen. The race director knows how many people sign up for the race - they should have that much ice cream! It's not hard! If they see the inventory moving too quickly, then hold some back for the later races! 
   OK - that's the end of my rant. As I said, it's a great race and I'll run it again. I did get a fancy medal at the finish. That was nice. I mean, it's not ice cream, but it's still nice.  

   On a another note, I had to skip the Flying Pig Half Marathon on May 1st. I was traveling back from Nebraska, which was where my grandmother lived.  I stayed longer than originally planned to help my parents with my grandmother's estate. I've wanted to do Flying Pig for years, but family comes first. I'm hoping I'll be able to do it next year. 
   My next race is Raleigh 70.3. This will be VERY interesting because I'm way behind on my training. I was too busy to train while in Nebraska, and I really didn't have the facilities either. This is probably the least prepared I've been for a race, and that includes last year's Chattanooga 70.3, which was a mess. I'm not really sure what to expect in Raleigh, but I'm working hard to hit all of my training in the three weeks I have left. It won't be enough to pull out a great result, but I hope it won't be terrible. We'll see! 

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