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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