It’s official! I completed my first 10 miler today! I have run 10 miles before, but never in an actual organized race. It was amazing! I had a blast! I ran the Perfect 10, a women’s only race, that was very well organized. Since the race is tailored to women, it is a little different than your standard race.
For starters, the expo was full of wonderful activities for women. There was a fashion show, complete with runway, of women’s athletic wear. There were free massages, and the little girls (mothers and daughters were encouraged to participate) could get their hair done and face painted. There were also cookies, cupcakes, coffee, and hot chocolate available. Yum!
For the race, you could form a team. I was a part of a team that had enough members to earn a private porta-potty. Let me tell you, that was an amazing perk. Those pre-race potty lines can be outrageous! We even decorated our porta-potty. There was a red carpet with rose petals. Inside, we had scented soaps and balloons! Not too bad at all!
Our team was large enough to get its own tent as well. The tent was particularly nice before the race since there was a significant wind. Members of my team also brought a sheet cake, muffins, tiaras, and fairy wings. If that wasn’t enough, someone also brought….
The food provided by the race was phenomenal. They had the typical bananas and oranges, but also had pretzels (we are close to Philly here!), and pasta salad. There was also a chocolate fountain! You could dip fruit kabobs, marshmallows, and cookies in the chocolate. It was delicious! If that wasn’t enough, there was also a hot chocolate and coffee bar. I think I should only register for women’s races from here on out!
I didn’t get a picture, but there were also shirtless guys cheering us on along the way. It was hilarious! Aside from all of the fantastic perks, the course was absolutely beautiful. It was through a very scenic park. We even saw a family of deer!
As for my actual running, I was able to run the entire race at a time I am pleased with and feel extremely accomplished. Celebrating good health and friendship with wonderful women is such an empowering experience. Now that the 10 miler is under my belt, time to gear up for my first half marathon in just one month! I am feeling good!
What race have you participated in with amazing perks? Have you ever registered with a team?