So here we are post race by 3 or 4 days. It proved to be a little tougher getting the video and images from the event that our friends shot for us. I have just received them and am now writing this post.
Sarah and I have been planning to run the Flying Pig 5k for many weeks. It didn’t seem like it would ever get here. Saturday morning finally arrived. We both got plenty of sleep and felt great. We arrived in downtown Cincinnati a little over an hour before race time and nearly froze walking from 6th street down to Great American Ballpark. Luckily the weather got warmer pretty quickly and by the start of the race the temperature felt pretty nice. We stopped for a photo before we hit the starting line.
It was a huge crowd at the starting line as the race officially listed 2,969 as the total number of finishers. This was our first race ever and it was a bit overwhelming to be with that many people starting to run at one time. Here’s a photo of the start banner.
If you looked at the course on a map it resembled a capital L laying on its side. As we ran the first leg of the race it was mostly flat as we headed toward Paul Brown Stadium and the Freedom Center. We made it to the end of the first straight away and there was a policeman shouting words of encouragement as we turned right and looped back around to run the straight away again in the other direction. When we were just about back to the original spot we noticed our friends Aaron and Terri who were shooting video and taking photos with their iPhones. The funny part about our running is we both felt we were running at a fairly good pace, but on video it looks like we are running slow.
Eventually we turned left up a steep street and then a quick right down another straight away. There were a few more turns until we made the final right turn toward the finish line. We were feeling pretty tired during the last part of the race, but the amount of people on the sidelines cheering and making noise really helped keep us going. There’s something universal about the sound of a cowbell at a sporting even that gets you pumped. I gave it all I had to finish strong and so did Sarah. Here is the last video of us completing the race at the Finish Swine.
After we finished running and were catching our breath and cooling down we were happy to see on the way out that there were several tables setup with bottled water, fresh fruit, fruit cups and low-calorie granola bars. That was a big help when you didn’t have anything with you. The four of us made our way out of the refreshment area, across the street and down to Yeatmans Cove. We took a minute to get a picture near the water, which because of all the recent rain was much higher than normal.
All in all we had a wonderful and exciting time. We had been looking forward to this for some time but were surprised at how much fun we had. Running has become something positive that Sarah and I can do together that we enjoy and helps us to stay in shape and reach our fitness goals. Losing the weight was only the first half of the battle, exercising is the second. Looking forward we have already registered for a smaller, local 5k run and then we plan to be back downtown for the Cincinnati Redlegs 5k in June. We will of course keep everyone updated. Did any of you run in any of the Flying Pig events this past weekend? Did anyone, anywhere run in any races recently? We would love for you to share your story.