The Carlsbad 5000 has race day packet pickup, which I love. I love running up in Carlsbad, but it is a little but of a drive for me, so this saves me from making the drive twice. I headed up there early and found parking right away. I met up with Smitha and we headed over to get our bibs.
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When it started, I made my way through the crowd, starting off a little faster than I intended to, which would come back at me during the third mile. Carlsbad is a pretty city and this race didn't disappoint, especially during the miles with the beach views. I was surprised by the crowd support for this event-- it's a 5K, but there were more crowd support than usual at 5Ks. (although they may have also been there for the All Day 20K event) The 5K seemed to go pretty quickly-- it's an out and back circle type of course and before I could figure out where I was on the course, I was entering the finishing line. When I checked my Garmin, I had finished in 28 minutes, which I thought was a race PR for me, so I was excited! (I checked later and discovered I missed my race PR by 20 seconds, which means I'm be aiming to PR my next 5K) I met up with the crew again and we headed over to the finish line festivities to get our race shirts and other post-race shenanigans.
I generally don't partake in the post-race beer garden, but when local restaurant Pizza Port has a special race brew, you know I had to try it. (They had an IPA and Mexican lager-- both were good, but I definitely preferred the IPA) After hanging out for a bit, we all decided it was to head our separate ways and go home. Overall, it was definitely a fun morning. Running is always more fun when you get to see friends and run on beautiful courses. And the medal!
What's your favorite post-race activity?
Until next time, happy running!