I am not athletic. (Although I once was.)
I am not a hardcore EDM fan.
But this past weekend, I completed my very first 5K (ish) due to the allure of a light show and the promise of EDM.
Who was I to say no?
Cosmic Run DC took place yesterday, 12 October. I have a few things to say about the organization prior to race day:
- Packet pickup was on Thursday and Friday, aka work days. Out in Falls Church, Virginia. They said “for your convenience”, they were having it on 2 days, but it was still pretty inconvenient to have to go on a work day to pick them up. At a location that was FAR AWAY from the actual race site.
- We weren’t told the race site until this past week, and it was not in DC. This was to be expected, but Waldorf, Maryland is NOT NEAR DC.
- I didn’t know what charity this race was benefiting until this past week, also. I would have liked to know, uh… WHEN I PAID but you know, better late than never, I guess. As long as the money benefits a charity. I don’t mind if the money doesn’t, but don’t say that you partner with a charity every year and then not tell us until the week of the race, please.
JUST TRYING TO DO THIS RACE was an adventure and a struggle. It has been very rainy in the DC metro area this week, after one full week of 80+ degree weather this October. So strange. Driving down to pick up our packets was a little bit tricky, but we made it.
Well, we made it to race day. (It’s not really a “race”, but whatever. “Run day”?) After a pre-race/run meal of Red Lobster (hahaha this may have been a huge mistake), we set off for Waldorf, which is an hour away from my friend’s apartment, even with a little bit of rainy-day-slowness-induced traffic.
Or so we thought.
There was an accident about 15 miles away from the arena, causing a complete standstill in traffic, as I think all lanes were closed. We started seeing cars driving in the shoulder (naughty) and then we saw cars going in reverse down the shoulder (super naughty). We’re getting pretty freaked out because several of the cars were reversing quite fast.
AND THEN almost all of the cars in front of us turned to go on the off ramp.
Yes. You read that correctly.
They made a crazy turn into this on ramp, and we really were left with few options but to follow, as we were surrounded by these turning cars.
At some point while we’re getting on this off ramp, we hear a cop car. Maybe it’s because of the accident… we hoped. Obviously not. It was there to make sure no other idiots tried to follow us morons down the off ramp, but we were pretty safe, I think. We found a local road that runs parallel to the highway and made it to the run about 20 minutes late.
We were not told that there would be staggered starts, but luckily for us, there were. We were able to join a group at the start line, where we didn’t get to catch any of the glow sticks that were being thrown down to us plebes.
FUN FACT: In an effort to hydrate but also to fight off food coma and give us a kick, we drank quite a lot of water and caffeine prior to running. We did go to the bathroom beforehand, but after almost 2 hours of driving, we needed a revisit that we wouldn’t see until after completing the 5K (ish). Sigh. That was pretty painful XD
Although there wasn’t music all throughout the course as I thought there would be, it was nice to have the checkpoints where we’d hear some EDM pounding, get blacklight-visible colored powder thrown on us, and see some admittedly cool lights and lasers. Some of these powder people were a little bit off though. One definitely just threw a fistful at my pants, which meant I just had a bunch of pink on my crotch, and another threw a handful at my face, which meant I was tasting cornstarch for a few hours and wiping blue out of my eyes an awful lot. (Oy. Rude.)
I also lost my friend right at the beginning. Considering I didn’t have my glasses or my phone, and everyone was wearing black clothing for the blacklight colors to show up, I was pretty frantic. But we found each other! And all was well.
Then the race was over. I wasn’t very tired, which means that it wasn’t 5K. I am almost positive that wasn’t the full 5K because I’m usually quite tired running 3 miles, and I have only done so about twice, so I doubt that I just got better at it. The course ended sooner than I thought, and I finished quite fast considering I did walk about 25% of it.
ALSO I HAD WAY TOO MUCH ENERGY FOR THE AFTERPARTY.
So the best part of the Cosmic Run is the afterparty. DJs blasting EDM while they throw color and glowsticks to a crowd of sweaty people covered with cornstarch+rain paste. It was kind of super amazing just to be losing it and going crazy and jumping around. (But again, I shouldn’t have had the energy to rave as hard as I did XD)
All in all, this was kind of a struggle, but I definitely had loads of fun. Not sure if I’ll do it again next year, but I will think about it.
Also not sure if I’m ever gonna pay money to run again, but we’ll see. 😛