Here’s the view from the Race Hawk 5K on Madeira Beach Friday night, July 6th. It was a mellow beachy 🏖 mood. This was the second race in the 5K Sunset Series.
When I scouted the beach an hour before the race it was FULL of vacationers at the shore for the July 4th holiday. I wondered if there was room for a race. Yet, by start time, there was space for runners and beachgoers.
(Photos credit: This Old Runner)
It's always fun to run on the beach because of the onlookers. Last night was funny. Some spectators yelled, "Water! Water here!" then held out beer cans as we ran past. Others shouted sincere encouragement from their beach chairs.
The race began at 7 pm. It was hot (86º), humid (63%), and fun! 😎 Isn’t everything better at the beach? I love running next to the water!
I fueled pre-race with a NuGo Nutrition Egg White Bar in Peanut Butter. 🥜 I love the protein boost before a run. While I didn't run a fast race (hello, Summer Break), I really enjoyed my beach run! 😍🏃♀️
FYI, you can get a 15% discount on egg white bars with code: BIBRAVE at www.NuGoNutrition.com until August 3, 2018.
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The second race of the Madeira Beach 5K Sunset Series was Friday, July 7th at 7:15 pm. It was even better than the first race. Weather in the city was 92°, but out on the beach the temp dropped to 80°. However, the humidity was a muggy 82%. It was a sweaty, sweaty run, as expected.
The change I appreciated the most was that the tide was out farther than the first race. There was a wide berth of packed, wet sand to run on. This made it easier to move down the beach, and put us closer to occasional bursts of cool air off the water. It also meant less weaving between and around other beach goers.
I ran/walked the race with a friend. The slower pace gave us time to visit as we made our way up the beach and back.
I did have a burst of competitiveness at the end of the race. Another runner tried to pass us, and I realized I wanted to beat her.
As she tried to pass us, I said, "Oh no, I can't have this."
She smiled and said, "But I'm late, and my husband is waiting for me."
We laughed, and I kicked it in for the remaining 50 yards to beat her. It was a fun end to a relaxed run.
Want to try a Beach 5K? Sign up for the Last Race in the Series on Friday, August 4th.
Mark your calendar for the last race in this beach series. You can register online at https://madeirabeach5k.racehawk.com/ or in person before the race from 5:15-7:00 at John's Pass Beach Park Shelter (12901 Gulf Blvd., Madeira Beach).
It's a fun race for a great cause — VIPWarriors.org. Besides the chip-timed race, runners receive a trucker hat and post-race party at Hooters in John's Pass. Series awards will be presented after the race.
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Register online, or on site at the John's Pass Beach Park Shelter, starting at 5:15 pm. The race begins on the beach at 7:15 pm. Come see the sunset and support the VIPWarriors.org! If you can't run this Friday, mark your calendar and run race No. 3 on August 4th. Sign up to run on the RaceHawk website.
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