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ESPRIT de SHE Re-Cap
Disclosure: I am an ESPRIT de SHE race ambassador and was given a free entry to this event.
ATTN: ?for the 2015 race-?Use referral code EDS080 when you sign up & get $5 off!
Participating in more local races is on my List.? Local is loosely defined for these purposes as any non-Disney race.? When I was contacted by Esprit de She I happily took them up on the offer to be an ambassador.
Last Thursday I traveled to Mesa to run my first Arizona 5K.
Something to know about Arizona.? It’s hot.
I know, I know.? Breaking news.
But you have to remember that it’s pretty much ALWAYS hot here.
The rest of you guys are all wearing capris and arms sleeves to the starts of races.? I saw you.? I was jealous.? Meanwhile, we are still in tanks and skirts.
How hot was it?
It was 84 at the start.? But you know, it’s a dry heat.? Ahem.
The beauty of the night race however is obvious:? there’s no sun. For me, the Goldilocks of runners (can’t be too hot, can’t be too cold, must be just right), it was a compromise that I could accept.
I walked over to the start line and loved watching the sun set around me.? Arizona may be hot, but it has the prettiest sunsets I’ve ever seen!
The race was held in the park near the Chicago Cubs Spring Training center.? It was a lovely location and I know my family would love to return to see some games in the spring.
The set up for the after party was already hopping when I made it over there.
Runners were streaming in and out of the party area and checking out the vendors.
This race was a 5K and a 10K combined.? The 10K runners would make two loops where us lucky 5K runners were stopping after just one.
I gotta be honest: looking at the race map convinced me I only wanted to run the 5K for this race.? I am not a fan of running the same route twice.? I might be ok with that if there were castles and characters involved, but knowing that would not be the case, I called the ball and chose the 5K for my event.
I made a wise choice.
After a quick meet up with my Moms Run This Town Chapter for pictures and hugs, we headed toward the starting line.
The 10K started about 5 minutes before the 5K did.?? I stood off to the side and cheered on the participants heading out before me.
This was a smallish race with very little crowd support.? A few dads made it out there to cheer us on with kids in tow.
I suppose starting a race? at 7pm on a Thursday night IS prime bedtime ritual hour so it made sense that there were few families out for this race.
When it was our turn to run I decided to actually RUN this one.? Meaning my phone was staying in my pocket and I wasn’t going to be stopping for pictures along the course.
This might have been a first for me.
The race went through the parking lots and back areas of the baseball complex.? There wasn’t a whole lot to look at.
I did however find this:
The full course was asphalt except for one stretch of grass.? This occurred around mile 2.3 and lead us over to a nice boardwalk area.
I know exactly where the grass was on the course because the winner of the 10K blazed past me while I was on it!
That’s right.? I was on mile 2.3 when the winners closed in on 6 miles.
As we entered the home stretch we could see the party in full swing.? Which made me run a bit faster since I REALLY wanted to be in there!
I was pleased when I crossed the finish line to see that I made it under my goal time. I was not as pleased when I realized the course was a little short.
Ah well.? It was still a decent pace for me and I was happy with the performance.
I liked this race a lot for a 5K.
I would not have enjoyed doing a 2nd loop after seeing that awesome party in full swing.
Miss out on mimosas?
The 5K course was fine.? Nothing to complain about really.? It was flat and it was easy.? Maybe a little boring, I’ll give it that.
But it was well lit and had plenty of great volunteers along the way!
The location was easy to find and was gorgeously appointed.
What I loved most about this race was the vibe.? It was fun, it was friendly, and it was feminine.
I couldn’t help thinking that this is what the Princess Half Marathon should be.
I love the girl power aspect of Princess weekend and adore running that race with 25,000 of my closest sisters.? But it’s always lacked something.
The Esprit de She had a level of class and dignity that I don’t feel at the Princess.
I know that sounds like I’m putting down Princess weekend, but that’s not what I intend to do.
It was just an entirely different vibe even though it was also a female focused event.? Lesson learned: not all female focused events are created the same!
Will I be back??
I couldn’t think of a better way to spend Girls Night Out than running a 5K with mimosas and braiding hair.
If Esprit de She comes to your town, be sure to sign up. ?Use referral code EDS080 when you sign up & get $5 off! ?They put on a fun race experience!
How do you feel about women focused events?? Do you think Esprit de She should come to your town?
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Patty Holliday is a Marvel loving, Disney obsessed wife, and mother of four. She’s a travel agent specializing in Disney & Universal vacations- and loves a candid confession. Find her in Virginia (or anywhere frequent flyer miles or her trusty minivan takes her.)