Monday, March 17, 2014

St. Patrick's Day 5K Kilt Race

Saturday morning was my second race of the year, creeping toward my 14 races for 2014 goal.  The weather was COLD! Temperatures were in the low 30's but the sun was shinning which was deceiving. I woke up 2 hours earlier than the start of the race, because I ALWAYS get nervous even if it's just a 5K. This is the third year I have participated in this race and love the festive atmosphere it brings. In honor of the occasion, I made a plaid kilt to wear over my tights. It's been a while since I've used my sewing machine, so I had to search YouTube for directions on how to make a simple kilt. It took me just a little over an hour from start to finish, with the finished product turning out better than expected. 
Pinned and ready to pleat
My finished kilt! 
My middle daughter and her boyfriend are dressed festive as well! It was SO cold waiting for the race to start.
Traditional pre-race shoe photo
A "real life" leprechaun
Starting line 
Downtown Courthouse
A downtown dining legend 
The Kilt Run was sponsored by the fire department
View of the city skyline from the course
Crossing the bridge to the finish line
Finished in 39 minutes; walked the first 5 minutes
then used a 1
:1 run/walk interval for the rest of the race (I had so many layers of clothes on that I look like the Pillsbury Dough Boy)

The 5K Kilt run was only a portion of the Get Green Fest that was held on Saturday. Felt great after the run probably because I hydrated well the week leading up to the race. Thanks to watermelon NUUN for helping me recover so quickly! Then it was on to McDonalds for a post-race breakfast of pancakes and chocolate milk.  


  1. Looks like such a great time! I'm so bummed I didn't get to run it and more bummed I didn't get to see you run it. Let's do something soon!

    1. You have bigger things on your plate right now with your half just around the corner. I agree, we need to get together soon!

  2. That looks like a really fun race! Love your kilt for the occasion.

    1. It was a lot of fun and I got to run it with some of my favorite people!

  3. I'm so glad I didn't run and freeze…I spent my morning running miles on the treadmill in the warmth! :)

  4. I love that you just whipped up a kilt like and your daughter looked so cute! Looks like a fun race - cold, but fun!