Gatorade Beach Run


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I ran the Gatorade Beach Run organized by Run El Salvador on Saturday at La Costa del Sol. The race started at 4:00 p.m. It was HOT.I finished in 31:34 — not my fastest 5k by any means but pretty good considering it was on a Salvadoran beach in the middle of the afternoon. Also the fact that I was out until 3:00 a.m. the night before that morning. I placed 23rd out of all women who ran the 5k (228), and 93rd out of everyone (465 men and women). Most importantly, I got one of these bad boys:running, el salvador, run el salvador, gatorade beach runThat’s right — the race medal was a surfboard-shaped bottle opener.You might remember the Gatorade Beach Run from such times as That Time I Registered for a Race and Didn’t Run It. I was supremely disappointed after I skipped the race last year and later learned that the race medals were bottle openers. So this year I was determined to sign up and follow through.I must admit I came close to just throwing in the towel and ditching the race (see: out until 3:00 a.m., above). But I had spearheaded the effort to get a group of friends to register and organized transportation for everyone, so I felt somewhat obligated to go. Up until I claimed my two free Coronas upon completing the race crossed the finish line I was convinced the whole thing was a terrible idea. I know I already said this, but it was so hot. And the sun was so fuerte.But a fun day spent with friends — and a few post-race celebratory coco locos — at what was likely my last Salvadoran race made the physical challenge worthwhile. I’ve had some good runs here: a beach run, two volcano races, a half marathon, a night race, a 10k around Lake Coatepeque and a few others.I’m going to miss running in El Salvador. I hear there’s a marathon on the Embassy compound in KabulWhat’s on your race schedule this spring/summer?

Published by La Vie Overseas

I'm Natasha -- writer, runner and wife to a Foreign Service Officer with USAID. Current location: Frankfurt, Germany.

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