Is there any better feeling than the excitement you feel on a race day? That’s part of what the runners call “runner’s high” – so I think. It’s particularly exciting when you are running a night race, for the sheer fact that you have ALL DAY to build anticipation!
On Saturday, I woke up and met my running buddy, Lorna, for brunch in the cozy little neighbourhood of Ranelagh. What better way to fuel your body for a run than with a spinach and tomato omelette? YUM. After brunch, Lorna and I set our meeting time for the race, and parted ways so I could head to Dundrum to pick up my race packet.
When I popped open the race bag and found all my goodies, I knew the Electric Run was going to be simply fabulous!
The glow in the dark timing chip, the glow stick glasses, and a glow in the dark running t-shirt. OH YES! Even the race bib was brightly coloured. I was pumped already and it was only 2PM.
About 5:30 PM I decided I needed some pre-race fuel. On this particular day, I opted for a Juice Plus Complete shake, which is a blend of proteins, complex carbohydrates, and fiber to keep me fueled for hours.
I call this shake, chocolate covered strawberry as I blended the chocolate shake powder with strawberries and unsweetened almond milk. It’s almost like a chocolate/strawberry milkshake from Sonic, but with almost no fat, a wealth of protein, and minimal sugar. Who needs a $4 or $5 smoothie (or more if you add protein powders and the extras!) when you can have Complete nutrition for less than $2? My exact thoughts!
After sipping on my shake, it was FINALLY time to reunite with Lorna and head off to the race!
Now, this wasn’t my first night race as I’d done the Fireball 5K a few times in Knoxville at Fourth of July, but this was my first Electric Night Run. And the race went a little something like this:
Walking towards the start of the race, you get to see part of the course in action. It was still daylight at this point, but once the sun set the neon lights light up the skies!
My running crew! Myself, Lorna, Melanie (Editor-in-Chief at IMAGE), and Jeanne (IMAGE Daily). A huge thanks to Trevor (TNT24.ie) for snapping the photos for us! He was great craic to hang with at the start line! And tall enough to get the best photos! 🙂
Excitement just keeps building! The electrified start line, complete with live DJ–who played an outstanding mix of tunes to keep us pumped and warm on the chilly, windy night!
FINALLY we made it past the starting line (they were releasing waves in 3 minute intervals and while the race started at 7:30, we didn’t cross the start line until nearly 8:20!) I only stopped for one photo of the course, but I really liked the trees! Another neat section of the course had umbrellas hanging upside down from the rafters while “It’s Raining Men” played on the stereo!
And post race, this is where the fun happened. With a live band on set, the electrified racers were in full-on rave mode — jumping around, dancing, singing, and enjoying the post-race activities.
All in all, despite it being incredibly cold and windy, it was a fantastic run and I’d do it again in a tick-tock! Had such a fabulous time! Definitely looking forward to the Great Ireland Run in two weeks time and another night run next month as well!
XOXO – K