I have been a little behind on my race recaps, so I am going to try and catch up today on that. Between finishing up the end of the school year, traveling, and the many baby showers that I am going too, it has been a little crazy.
The first weekend in May was the Gusher Full/Half Marathon and 5K. It was the first time they were holding this event in the Beaumont area. I wanted to run it, because I thought it might have been a pretty good race. Boy.....was I a little bit wrong about that. Karen decided to run it too. She was debating about running the half, but I think in the end she was glad that she did not run it.
We had to pick up our race packets the night before at a hotel in Beaumont.
So race morning, I knew we needed to get up and get going because I was not sure were how exactly to get to the race. Our plan was to leave around 6:30 to get there in plenty of enough time. Well I guess my amazing husband did not get the memo. He decided to cook a huge breakfast for him and Jason and we did not end up leaving until 7. Now, I know what you are thinking, that's only 30 minutes later. Well it takes around 30 minutes to get to Beaumont and by the time we got to Beaumont, we find out there are road closures and that the way that I know how to go is all blocked off.
Then to top that off, we ask a cop how to get to the race/Montagne Center and he sends us in a different direction. After driving through quite a few different neighborhoods and me jumping out of the car to ask some people handing out water, we finally made it! It was 7:50 and the race started at 8!!!!!
After asking a few people and seeing the starting line, we knew were in the right area and almost there.
The race starts and it is hot and humid and so nasty. I had to go to the potty so bad, but I could not find one anywhere, so I had to start the race needing to go to the bathroom but could not. (very frustrating). When we started some of the people running the half had not gotten through yet, so we were weaving in and out a whole whole lot. Karen said it was worse for this race then when she ran the Disney half. As a person running the half, I would have been more than frustrated at them for starting the 5K before everybody had gotten through.
I get to the first water station and everything is going okay. I get to the next one and the water is so hot. I could barely take a sip without spitting it out, but I knew I needed it. Then on the last water station there was not even ANY WATER LEFT!!!!! They only had gatorade left. I was not going to drink that, but seriously how do you run out of water in a 5K!!!!
We went to my brothers after that and we took showers and then Karen and Jason left, but I stayed for my nieces birthday party. I loved being able to spend time with all my family today.
When Brian and I got home I posted some tips on the Gusher forum and they liked what I had told them, but the next day, I got a message from a reporter in Beaumont wanting me to talk about what I thought about the race and the tips that I gave.
I decided not to call because I did not want my name and information in the paper. I just hope that they take my tips seriously.
It was a pretty good race, but they can improve on a lot of things (mainly the DISTANCE of the race route).
I think I may run it next year, just to see how it has changed.
Up Next: Contraband Days 5 Miler!!!!