On Saturday, May 4 Lulu and I ran the first annual Run Puritas 5K in Cleveland, Ohio.
Run Puritas 5K
Official Time: 36:51
Average Pace: 11:51/mile
Overall Placing: 34/46
Age Group Placing (Female 20-29): 2/4
The truth is I am in horrible running shape right now. Lulu completely put me to shame! I am going to share these pictures simply because she stole the show although I think I look awful in them. Everyone was asking me what type of breed dog she was and saying how cute she was. She loved the attention!
We showed up extra early for this race. I had never ran a race with Lulu so I was a little nervous how the whole thing would go and also about how she would behave. She is friendly around people but can become reactive/fearful around other dogs. We are working on her socialization which is why I thought the race would be good for her. I expected other dogs to be there and there were, about half a dozen from my count.
About Half-Way Done
I gathered my bib and race T-shirt and then walked back to the vehicle and tried to get her to drink some more water before the race. We then kind of hung out at the race start but stayed away from the crowds. I gave her a quick potty break before race start and stayed at the back of the pack. The plan was to start slow and not get in anyone’s way. I went into this race knowing it would be a fun run.
Approaching the Finish
I kept Lulu’s leash short and tried to not get in the way of any other runners. There was one water stop about half-way and we stopped and both got some water. It took a while for Lulu to stop drinking which was another reason why we were not racing for time. I wanted to make sure she was comfortable and had enough to drink along the way.
Fortunately there were folks still behind us so we placed better than I had hoped. The finish line was a fun inflatable and there was great crowd support for us even though this was a smaller race being in its first year.
After Receiving Our Age Group Plaque
I ended up waiting around for awards simply because the race organizers were very quick on the draw. I didn’t expect to place at all until I realized there were not many women in my age group standing around. A short while later my name was called. We placed second in my age group! All the credit goes to Lulu. I was dragging behind most of the time so it’s really her award.
Run Puritas 5K
Post-Race: Dog Tired
Overall I had a really nice time at this race and would run it again. I love that it was both pet and stroller friendly. It gave the race a family-friendly atmosphere. I will definitely check out this race again. The course was flat and residential. It went through the Puritas/Bellaire neighborhood and proceeds from the race go toward re-development of that westside community.