Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Race Reports: Fangtastic 5K

On Saturday, the boy and I ran the Nashville Predators Fangtastic 5K.  It's a little bit more expensive than most 5Ks around here ($40 instead of $20-25), but it's a pretty sweet deal.  You walk away with a t-shirt, a ticket to one of three Predators games, and a $25 gift card for this company that does zip lining.

We met up with two of our friends downtown before the race.  It has a 10am start, so it was kind of nice to not have to get up too early on a winter morning.  Granted, we're having a rather mild winter this year. 

It was cloudy and drizzling a bit, but it was perfect weather for running.  I wore shorts with a short sleeve top and arm sleeves and was plenty warm.  Although the boy made fun of me for wearing a garbage bag over it all until the race started.  I had to explain that I wanted to stay dry as long as I could.

We got our timing chips and lined up at the start.  It continued to rain lightly as we ran down Broadway, up Demonbreum, over to the Gulch and around, back down Demonbreum and around to the arena.  The four of us wanted to run together, and our friends are rather new to running.  This was actually their first race, and their training to run a half marathon this spring.

It was fun to just take it easy and talk with them as we ran along.  I was also starting to have some sinus issues, so I was glad to not feel like I needed to push the pace.

After the race, we headed over to Jackson's to grab some brunch.  It was definitely a fun way to spend a Saturday morning.  I went downtown today and picked up our Preds tickets.  We got lower bowl seats about 22 rows off the ice to see the Preds play the Chicago Blackhawks on Valentine's Day.  It should be a great game, and it'll be a fun way to do something for the holiday!

Since it was raining, I didn't take any pictures of this one.

It was a fun race, and I definitely recommend it if for no other reason than for the inexpensive way to get a hockey ticket.  We're also going to look into using the zip lining vouchers, too!

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