Time for another race recap! The final race of September was my all-time favorite 5K/10K combo, the Dogfish Dash! The race always sells out in record time and I stalk my computer the morning of registration to be sure I get in. This was my fifth time running the 10K and I was really looking forward to it. With my training over the last couple months and my performance at the Rock’n’Roll Philadelphia races, I was eager to see how I’d perform with this 10K. For those unfamiliar, the course takes you through the cute town of Milton, Delaware with the start and finish lines at the brewery. The post race party is one of the best boasting live music, fun people, food, and of course, Dogfish Head beer! To change things up from previous years, runners would be able to get their first beer just after the finish in their own special line, with a cool pint of the 60 Minute IPA served in a commemorative pint glass! It’s pretty much a no brainer why I run this race.
Sunday morning my mom and I rode up to Milton and met up with a few of my college buddies who were down to do the race as well. We got ourselves situated in the start area and wished each other luck before it was time to be running. The weather was cool, but sunny. Thankfully, there was zero humidity unlike the previous Sunday. I eased into my first mile feeling great, as was obvious by the pics from out of the starting area.
I rocked the Mooninites tank again as I PRed with it the previous weekend and honestly, I just love the damn thing. The first few miles were pretty shady and included the one fricken hill in the whole town. This course is not flat. I took the hill like a champ and then the 10K runners split off from the 5K, I stayed under 24 minutes for the 5K portion and may have even gone faster than my race the past weekend by a few seconds. We winded back around the loop and then it was off to the route that takes you on the road past a big field. It’s always sunny when I run this race and here is where I usually slow a little as there isn’t any trees or shady spots. I made sure to stay close to 8:00 miles here and paced with a couple runners. I took water at every station I could and in general felt very strong. We got to the hill once more and I pushed up it as best I could. You can tell from the splits where this was.
As I rounded the bend to head back to the brewery, the crowd cheers were loud and I was able to pick out my mom to say hi as I took off for the finish. I knew I was making a good time and found the energy to sprint for the finish. Again, all smiles.
I crossed the finish in 49:25, 8th in my age group! I felt completely elated, and hot (beer please?)! I wanted to break under 50 minutes for the 10K distance and managed to do it by 35 seconds! And setting a second PR in a week felt amazing.
The final time from my Garmin was a little off, but overall the splits were right about where the mile markers were. I ran fairly strong this whole race and the work I’ve been putting in on my running and strength training is paying off in huge way!
After getting water, I waited with the other runners to grab our first beer in the fancy pint glass! I found my friends and my mom and we spent the afternoon enjoying the post race festival, did a little shopping in the store, and took some photos to commemorate the event. I was especially happy to have my mom there to cheer me on. I don’t get to head home as often as I’d like so having her there meant so much to me.
Another great event put on by the amazing people at Dogfish Head. If you can get out to this race, I highly recommend it. The atmosphere is incredible, Sam actually runs the 5K (my friends all finished around the same time he did!) and you get great beer! Plus, cost-wise it’s always under $50 and for the experience and the things you get, it’s more than worth it. I cannot wait to come back next year for their 10th anniversary and take a stab at my 6th time running the 10K!