Disclosure: I received a freebie entry to this 5k. All thoughts and opinions are honest and my own.
Hi Friends! John had a vacation day scheduled Friday/Tuesday and then a snow day Monday – so we’ve been enjoying bunches of family time! I’ve said this before, but I’ll say it again: you’d think I’d get more blogging done when John is home, but it’s actually quite opposite – we love hanging out with each other! I did, however, have some fun girl time Saturday morning with friends at the 80s Retro Run 5k in Frederick! The boys then met us for brunch afterwards – win, win!
My friend Lauren picked me up/dropped her husband off to hang with John and then we were off to Frederick! This was my first postpartum race so it’s always fun to be doing it with friends – especially a themed race like this! The entirety of the race was on the Frederick fairgrounds, so we parked and made our way to pick up our bib, t-shirt, and sun glasses. Then it was time to wait around and FREEZE! Seriously, it was so cold Saturday morning, it was not a fun time to have the polar vortex come back! The waiting around also gave us time to take plenty of photos – hehe!
The atmosphere was fun though and there was 80s music blasting while we waited. There was also corn hole boards set up and some people were drinking coffee from vendors on site. Thankfully, before we knew it, it was time to start! The start was a bit lack-luster and everyone was clumped together way too close. We eventually weaved our way in an out to find a good spot without too much congestion.
Like I had mentioned, the entire race was on the fairgrounds… this meant sometimes we were running on dirt, sometimes gravel, sometimes grass. I have to say that I didn’t really like that, as my ankles definitely turned funny a few times. You definitely had to take your time and look at the ground while you were running pretty much the whole time.
After a few more up, downs, and all arounds, we approached the finish line and were done! Lauren said her phone measured the course at 2.9 miles, so perhaps not a full 5k. We finished in less than 35 minutes, but apparently the course wasn’t timed (a fact I didn’t realize because I didn’t read all the FAQs on the website).
Overall, I had a great time because I was with my friends and coming up with an 80s outfit was fun. I do have to say that this isn’t a race I would have paid for had I not received a free entry. The price tag was $59.99 although they were always offering $15 off, it seemed. Even $45 is a bit pricey for a 5k that didn’t require police support or timing. I’m glad that my first postpartum race is in the books and plan to participate in the MCRRC low key race at the end of March. It’s a 10K and I know some of my same friends will be participating!
Do you think you’d have fun at an 80s themed 5k!? Check out Lauren and Holly’s 80s recaps as well for more perspectives (and awesome 80s clothing!)