Yes, there are four port-a-potties. That's it. For a race of 500+ people. Not cool.
We waited in line for 15 minutes, and basically walked out of the port-a-potty and started running.
My dad's plan: running and walking intervals.
My plan: see what I could do. I hadn't run a 5K since September, and I thought I was faster, but I wasn't sure.
I was worried I started off too fast. But, I kept it up for the first mile.
They turn downtown St. Petersburg into an Indy car track for a few days, and the 5K course is actually partially on the Honda Grand Prix track.
I'm not into racing, but this was pretty cool. The cars had just stopped running for the day, so we saw cars, drivers and pit crews along the course.
About halfway throughout the course, there was a water stop. At this point, I was still at the pace that I initially thought was too fast. Even though I was working hard, I felt like it was manageable for the rest of the race.
The course is an out-and back, and as I came up to the finish, I tried to push it to the end. I was flirting with a time I didn't even think was possible at this point in my running career.
As I crossed the finish line, stopped my watch and looked at it, I was amazed.
An under-30-minute 5K is a long-term running goal of mine. I had no idea I could be this close to it already.
Of course, I then wondered why I couldn't have been 11 seconds faster to meet that. And when I saw my official chip time of 30:09, I wondered why I couldn't have been 10 seconds faster.
But, it was still a 3:11 personal record. Not too shabby.
It was fun cheering my dad to the finish, and he met his goal of under 45 minutes.
As soon as he was done, he asked: "Why did I pay $25 to run 3.1 miles?" Shortly after, though, he said he'd do it again. He liked the camaraderie and how the course made the time fly by.
After the race, we grabbed pasta and meatballs and Sea Dog Brewery beer (yum) and met up with my running buddy, Lori and her husband, Chris, who came out to the race.
It was a really fun night (and yes, I'm saying this when a 5K was involved). And, you can bet I'll be running more 5Ks to get that under 30-minute time.