Race: Fiesta 5k Ole
Location: Volunteer, Park (Seattle, WA)
Results – 30:09, 295th overall out of 864 and 1st in Age Group
3 Bests – what aspects of the race did you like the most
I enjoyed seeing different types of people having fun at the race. You could tell some were there to race, while other were dressed as tacos.
Not so much – aspects of the race that didn’t do it for you
I did not like having to run up steep hills, but they proved to be a good challenge. Also, before you loop back you see all the runners that have pass you. This makes you feel like you have a long ways to go. Although, when you are the one passing the other people who still have to loop, you silently cheer them on.
Weird factor – what’s the weirdest thing about this race
The weirdest thing about this race were the taco dresses people. Notice how I said people?
Highlights of your race – what did you do well and enjoy about your race in particular
I enjoyed running with my mom. She helped encourage me and helped me keep a steady pace. I also noticed other groups of runners encouraging each other and having fun.
Lessons for others – share your pro-tips on the race to help the next runner
The only tip I have is to take the race one step at a time. You’ll reach the end eventually.
Lessons you learned that will help you next time around
Next time I run a race, I am going to have clothes at the end.
Most important course specific knowledge to know about the race
Keep your eyes on the ground because there are plenty of pot holes.
Aesthetics – is it a pretty course
You mostly pass by houses and are focusing on the ground. There are a lot of trees though, if that’s something you enjoy seeing.
Difficulty – is it a tough course
Since it was my first race, it was tough for me. The hills were discouraging, but I just focused on motivating myself up them.
Organized and well run – did it feel like a well-oiled machine or were they flying by the seat of their pants?
It seemed very casual and people seemed to be there to have fun. The results were not linked on the website at first, but you could google them.
Spectators – is this a friendly course for your friends
I did not see many people on the side lines except towards the end. I think it would be more fun to congratulate your friends at the end and then get some food.
The Overall Score – how many stars do you give this race and do you recommend that others run it