April 24, 2015

BAA 5k Race Recap

I may not have gotten to run the Boston Marathon but I got to cross its finish line! Now how is that, you ask? During the Boston Athletic Association (BAA) 5k, the course runs down Boylston Street past the marathon finish line. Now that was cool! But I'm sure you're probably interested in hearing more about the race than a brief moment...

Our morning began under a clear blue sky with crisp, cool air. It was a beautiful day and one that was perfect for racing. Our group decided a long time ago that we were running this race for fun and we would run together. I knew Mom wouldn't want to push the pace so as not to expend too much energy before the marathon on Monday. And my foot and ankle had been bothering me a bit so this definitely wasn't a PR-worthy day!

We easily made our way to the starting line from our hotel which was only a few blocks away. Quite convenient! We snapped a few photos with the starting (and finish) line and then explored the race area.

It was all very well marked so that made it easy to navigate. We didn't check any bags since Dad was hanging out at the finish for us. I passed off my half-zip top to him and then we headed to our corrals. the corrals were self-seeded and we headed very near the back. While we were waiting, a girl recognized us and introduced herself. It was wonderful to meet Candace and hear about her runDisney race experiences and incredible weight loss journey! That was definitely one of the highlights of the morning! And a moment or two later, we heard the starting gun and we were off.

Mile 0-1: The beginning of the race was a bit crowded which we had heard, but given that we weren't shooting for any specific time goals, this didn't really bother us. In the first half mile or so, we saw the leaders heading back to the finish which was very exciting!

Mile 1-2: This stretch was an out and back portion on Commonwealth Avenue and was lined with beautiful blooming trees and residential homes. There were also a fair number of spectators out on this part of the course. It contained the only "hilly" section which was going down and up (twice) on an underpass.

Mile 2-3: We took a right on Hereford and a left on Boylston just like the marathon! Pretty exciting, although in full disclosure, I didn't notice the significance until we were on Boylston Street which was really exciting. And then crossing the Boston Marathon finish during the race was neat. I offered to take a photo of Mom but she passed. After all, we took one the day before at the expo and she would get the real thing on Monday.

Mile 3-Finish: We enjoyed running down the finish line chute together. There were tons of American Flags and great music which made it quite fun!

After the race, we received our medals (which was a pretty major bottleneck) and then headed back toward the main area to meet up with Dad. As we were walking, we ran into Candace again and snapped a photo this time!

We were easily able to meet up with Dad and headed to get some snacks. I love when races do a snack bag - it makes life so simple!  Next we headed to get our race shirts which we loved! They are  simple and classic shirts, bearing the BAA unicorn and race logo.

If you have the chance to run this race, it was definitely a great warm-up event for the marathon, or the "main event" for Adam and I. While it was an expensive 5k, I thought it was a neat experience and worth the price.

{Christine}

17 comments:

  1. It looks like such a fun 5K! And what an amazing thing to cross the marathon finish line during the race!

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  2. How fun! I didn't even know they had a 5k. What a great way to let all runners have a Bit o' Boston experience!

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  3. What a fun way to kick off race weekend, after the expo of course. And I love when races provides bags for the snacks. It makes it so much easier to carry everything!

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  4. What a great experience even if it was crowded! I really want my sister and I to do this race together but having booked a hotel for marathon weekend for us a few years ago, I know how EXPENSIVE hotels are for that weekend and I think it would make for a very expensive trip for only a 5k since. I know I would never run the marathon and after 2013 Lacey said she wouldn't want to run it again. I still want to do it someday though! We'll see! Thanks for keeping social, it was so fun to follow along with you and your family! -M

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  5. Sounds like a fun race! I love that they tie in the end so that it crosses over the marathon finish line. I saw a couple photos and the race looked super crowded but hopefully that was just at the beginning.

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  6. I think crossing that finish line at any race would be fantastic!

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  7. Glad you enjoyed the race! Too bad about the crowding (same thing happened with me and turns out there are were so many volunteers with medals waiting at the end of the crowd). I would def like to return for the 5K again.

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  8. Looks like a fun time! Love Pam's BQ tank!

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  9. This looks like so much fun! I would love to run in Boston one day.

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  10. I think it's awesome they do a 5k. I actually didn't even know they did this until I heard you were going to be running it. Awesome that they give you a piece of bling too:) Great pics!

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  11. That's SO cool that you got to do the 5k together. I just decided to one and visit the blog after seeing several recommendations for it, and I'm glad I did. The unusual combo of a mom and daughter who run together is pretty neat! :)

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  12. The BAA events are definitely worth the price. I did the 10K two years ago and loved it!

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  13. I think it's awesome you ran the 5K! It's neat that they do that for the family members of the marathoners, the marathoners who want to do it as a shakeout run, and the people of Boston who want to be a part of the festivities but aren't ready for or just don't want to run a marathon. As someone who only ran one marathon and has no plans for another, I think the 5K events associated with marathons are highly underrated. The Charleston Marathon has a separate 5K event and it also does a finisher's medal and the runners get the post-race celebration too. It's just a fun time for everyone :).

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  14. Great race recap! I love that medal too! I should probably put this race on my racecation wish list!

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  15. I dream of going to cheer and running the 5K before.

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  16. So glad you were able to run the 5K with your mom...what a fun experience!! :)

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