The Run Jax 5K Labor Day Run marked my return to holiday racing. It’s been a hot minute since I made sure to go out on a holiday or day off, so this was just so fabulous.
Last Minute Decision
We decided to register for the Run Jax 5K Labor Day Run as a last minute thing. With everything going on, it’s been hard to sign up to far in advance. As a result, we paid $40 per entry, but I didn’t mind. I’m not running quite as many races these days, so it’s a fair trade off.
Since we signed up so late, we had to wait until race morning to pick up our packets. We arrived at the venue super early, which was great because parking went fast. We got a spot near the start, and then walked over for our bibs and shirts. I was thrilled to see that instead of a race shirt, we received technical tanks. Sometimes the sizing on tech tanks is wonky, so I was even more happy that this fit well and can be used for my regular runs.
We pinned on our bibs, left the rest of our gear in the car, used the portapotties, and moseyed back to the start line. We have moved on from markers to keep the runners separated to pace flags to break things up.
The Run Jax 5K Labor Day Run
This is a course I’ve run many times before. We started in front of the 1st Place Running flagship store with the National Anthem, and then off we went. The first mile is a straightaway down Baymeadows Road. For some reason, this mile always stresses me out. I hate straightaways, and this one always seems to lead straight into the rising sun.
The route turns left, and then starts winding through a lovely residential area. It’s quiet, shaded, and gently curves along. Within the neighborhood were two water stops (I took drinks at neither one). Once we turned, I felt more myself and our regular conversation flowed again.
In the last half mile, runners turn left on to San Jose Blvd. This is a major road, with part of a lane marked off for runners. Another left puts racers behind the 1st Place Sports store, and from there it’s just a short sprint to the finish line. Yay!
At the end of the race, finishers received their medals, cold bottles of water, and electrolyte popsicles. On a hot day, they were a lifesaver.
Yes, it was hot and humid, but it was a good, solid race, and I’m so glad we decided to go for it. My day definitely went downhill from there (Hufflepuff passed when I got home), but it was good to be out at a race, doing “normal” things for the day.
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