- I was surprised by how many people showed up with their dogs - big dogs, little ones, puppies and adults. The organizers were ready, though - they had bandannas for them in the same day-glow green as the race T-shirts.
- This was a fundraiser for cancer research and prevention, so there were several teams with matching shirts.
- Part of the route ran along a river, where I spotted a few common loons. I didn't realize we had them around here! I also saw some egrets or herons; they were too far away for me to tell for sure. (can you tell I'm no birder?)
- Lots of people participated with their children; the youngest one I spotted was only 8 or 10 months old. Several of the kids were having a great time racing with their parents, playing with the dogs or each other, throwing sticks into the water - the usual kid stuff.
- Starting at a ballpark meant real restrooms, not the portapotties I'd expected. That's a good thing!
- I was disappointed that one hip decided to start bothering me as soon as we left the starting point. Fortunately, it didn't hurt constantly, so while I did limp rather a lot, I still managed to finish in under an hour.
- I was surprised by how hungry I've been since I got home! Yes, that was a lot more walking than I usually do, but I was walking, not running, and I didn't feel I was pushing myself all that hard.
- Being new to this 5K business, I had no idea what to do with my stuff (keys, wallet, etc.) during the race so I wore cargo pants and loaded up the pockets. I had wanted to take a book to read on the subway but it would have been too uncomfortable so I left it at home. Instead, I snoozed on the train and people-watched once I got checked in. That was certainly entertaining.
- They played an instrumental recording of the national anthem shortly before the starting horn. Yes, of course I sang along. :) I don't know what key it was in, but it was a little higher than I would have picked, especially at 8:45 a.m. I still managed to sing it all, and the highest note actually felt pretty good, so that was a nice little surprise.
I'm already signed up for another 5K. This one's at work, the day after Halloween, so they call it a "monster dash", complete with costume contest. Now to decide how to dress up for the occasion. It needs to be comfortable for walking and not too bulky, since I'll be bringing it to work in a gym bag along with towel and toiletries so I can shower afterwards. Any ideas? :)