Hilton Mexico City Reforma 5KM Run for Education

On Saturday, the hotel where I’m staying organized this 5k fun run.
Hilton Mexico City Reforma 5KM Run for Education, Parque Alameda

We ran around the Parque Alameda four times to hit three miles. This is the oldest public park in Mexico City.
Hilton Mexico City Reforma 5KM Run for Education, Parque Alameda
The pavement around the park is really nice – it’s smooth and not as hard as a regular sidewalk. Plus, there are markers for every few meters for sprinting.

The race was pretty small, maybe 40 people, most of whom were hotel staff. There wasn’t any chip timing, so each time we ran around once, we got slapped with a color-coded post-it flag.
Hilton Mexico City Reforma 5KM Run for Education, Parque Alameda

I’ve only done two 5ks since I started racing last year, and my time was better for both of those (Turkey Trot and Ugly Sweater), but! Both of those were in LA, at sea level. Mexico is at 7200 feet, so I’m really happy with this time. It probably didn’t hurt that I had people, um, urging me on. I heard several times during the race – ¡Correle, guerita, correle!
Hilton Mexico City Reforma 5KM Run for Education, Parque Alameda

My work buddy Russ had the best overall time – he finished in ~16 minutes.
SIX.TEEN.MINUTES.
Hilton Mexico City Reforma 5KM Run for Education, Parque Alameda

This was a really fun event thanks to the staff at the Mexico City Hilton. And, it was a great start to the day!

How was your weekend?


Wendy

Ugly Sweater 5K

Yesterday I ran the Ugly Sweater 5K. Usually I don’t think a 5K is good value for money, but this was on Groupon for $20, so I thought, what the heck.Ugly Sweater 5K Los Angeles, Samuel Adams

Let me tell you something, Interwebs. Trying to run after the first week of Insanity is perhaps not a great idea. Especially when you gasp in pain when you walk downstairs.
Insanity

Still, I didn’t do too terribly bad. I secretly wanted to do a 10-minute mile, but I’m not quite there yet.
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This was a fun race, even if it was just around the park a few times. The park was decorated, a lot of runners were in costume, and there was a DJ with electronic Christmas music.
Ugly Sweater 5K Los Angeles, Samuel Adams

Plus, it was sponsored by Samuel Adams.
Ugly Sweater 5K Los Angeles, Samuel Adams

Beer is a surprisingly good recovery drink.
Ugly Sweater 5K Los Angeles, Samuel Adams

How was your weekend?




Wendy