Warrior 5k Thru the Park
Warrior 5k Though the Park
It’s been a while since I’ve done a 5k, but Leah and Gwen my fellow MRTT ladies had a convincing argument. After all the proceeds go to supporting Wisconsin Lutheran College which is where I got my degree from. Also to run as a part of team came at the great price of $16 per person. This race packs in the value for the price. The had hot coffee and pizza post race which was a great treat.
Having participated in this race in the past I know it’s not your typical road race, you actually go on some trails in the park. I would say it’s about 50% road/ 50% trail. I think if you were thinking of running a trail race this would be a great way to get your feet wet. The course itself is well maintained, not many exposed tree roots or big rocks to avoid. Also the course is relatively flat. All of these things make it ideal for a beginner trail runner.
I was happy to be apart of a team my teammates Gabby and Leah were very quick. I started off this race a little slow and cautious because I was 8 days away from running madison. Although I’m not injury prone I knew not to try to push a PR here. Race morning was right in the low 30’s, which left me a bit clueless how to dress. I overdressed, wearing my running coat two long sleeves and a tank top. I quickly realized about a half mile in I was wearing to many clothes.. I tried to adjust my jacket to allow more air in. However, I was unsuccessful. I went about my race trying not to get to uncomfortable.
This race course features two laps. that we go around, lap number 1 was done. Now onto lap two, Which involved going more through greenfield park. I got very nostalgic going through Greenfield Park. I raced in High School as a Nathan Hale Huskie my freshman year of high school. I also raced there when I was at Wisconsin Lutheran College. People always assume the I loved running when I ran at those times but to be quite honest. I hated my running in college and high school. Because I was doing it for the wrong reasons. It wasn’t until 2012 and going through the journey of training for a marathon that I fell in love with the sport. In college we always went through a spot called warrior alley, which is about 0.5 miles away from the finish line.
I kicked into overdrive to cross the finish line. Giving it everything I could but came across at 28:56. All in all, it was a pretty great race. I will defined put this on my race calendar for next year. What are some of your favorite local races that are on your race calendar every year?