It seems like all those hours of listening to classical tunes worked because my eldest daughter graduated suma cum laude while my other daughter graduated top 5 of her high school class. However, I never listened to classical music while running, until after I finished this race.
The 3rd annual Beat Beethoven 5K was held on July 17, 2014 at 6:30 pm. We were blessed with fairly good weather - clear skies and low humidity. We ran through hilly asphalt roads that went around beautiful green fields interspersed with mansions of the Radley Country Club in West Chester Philadelphia.
Although the location was more than an hour away, I still signed up for 2 reasons. First, I got the registration for free as a member of active.com. Occasionally, active.com would would send an email announcing that in a couple of hours, they'll give away 5 free or discounted registration to an event. I was lucky to be in front of my computer when they offered this event. Actually, I'm in front of my computer all the time mostly because of work.
This is the second time I won a complimentary registration ticket from active.com. It's fun to get free stuff but I don't always take advantage of offers. I first do my due diligence: make sure that the location is accessible, study the course, check out race results to see how many participated in past events, etc. The best way to learn about an event is directly through the organizer's website - usually.
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I beat Beethoven and finished in 30:15 (minutes:seconds). However, my GPS showed that the course was 1/10 mile longer than a 5K. I'm a bit disappointed but I think it's better than a route too short .
Days have gone by and I still thought of Beethoven and his contemporaries. So I created a playlist of classical music and ran 8 miles with it. The playlist was a little too short for my workout. I'm open to your suggestions.
I can't tell if the music improved anything but it was surely relaxing. Here's my playlist:
Race FactsAddress: 1100 Country Club Road, West Chester PA
Cause: Proceeds benefit the Kennett Symphony of Chester County.
Course: hilly asphalt road
Date and Time: Thursday, July 17, 2014 at 6:30 pm
Kids Fun Run: no separate run but kids and walkers participated
Parking: Free and plenty
Participants: 174 including runners, walkers, dog walkers, stroller joggers, children
Post Race Nourishment: water, banana, snack bars
Price: $25 (got it for free from active.com)
Prizes: cash/gift cards to top 3 men, and 3 women plus pair of drinking glasses to top 3 men, and 3 women of each of the following groups:
Results: immediate; Online results were published Monday after the race
Restrooms: clubhouse restrooms
Shirt: cotton white T-shirt
Water Stations: 3 or 4 stations accessible about every 3/4 mile