Last Sunday I ran a 5K—the inaugural Stache Dash Run sponsored by Pacers and Samuel Beckett’s Irish Pub. Three great things about this race—1) It was in Shirlington (practically in my back yard); 2) I wore a mustache (maybe more annoying than great); 3) I met up with friends, both old and new, for brunch afterwards (and we all know that you can eat anything after running, yes even if only 3.2 miles).
The morning began with bib, t-shirt and mustache pick-up at the pub. One thing is for sure women were not meant for mustaches! It felt weird, granted that is not the way I’m sure a real mustache feels on a man because, well, he grew it, but even so it did not do anything for me as far as looks are concerned. The day was the first true cold morning I have felt in a while—it was the kind of wind that makes you want to curl up under a warm blanket, but alas here we all were freezing together for a run on the first day of daylight savings. Thank goodness for that extra hour of sleep at least!
The run itself was a good course starting in Shirlington and then up through a neighborhood and then back around again to the finish line. There were a few families standing outside their homes watching us run by—no cheering was really happening—but hey at least they came out to watch. We went by the new Wakefield High School (where I go swimming and now I know a new street to take to get there). If anyone tells you that Arlington is not a hilly town, well they are wrong, because there was a pretty decent sized hill that we climbed.
Overall, my time was not as fast as my personal best from the August Lost Dog 5K series, but I was still happy.
Stats: 25:20 (overall time); 11 out of 208 (age group); 125 out of 726 (overall.
And in case you didn’t get your stache on, see you at next year’s race—November 1, 2015!