Race Recap: Women’s Fitness Festival 

This was my third time running the Women’s Fitness Festival, but probably my favorite one yet! My first time was in 2013.

At this time, there was a half marathon option. I, and my friend Melissa, met up and ran the half marathon together. I remember the race being hot. Although we enjoyed each other’s company, we both did not have a fantastic race that day. My second time running the Women’s Fitness Festival was last year and I did the 10k. It was fun and I loved getting to meet Deena Kastor, but it was a little lonely doing the race on my own.

This year, I did the 10k and was certainly not alone. Somehow, I managed to have 7 of my girlfriends there to participate in the event with me. And I loved every moment of it!

The day before the race, since I was already in Sacramento for a meeting, I went to Fleet Feet and picked up everyone’s bibs & shirts.

Four of us were among the first 500 to register, so we earned a special, race-specific, Momentum Jewelry wrap! (Can you spot the extra Momentum Wrap in the picture? I carpooled to the race with a total of 4 other ladies. I could not have one of ladies miss out on receiving a special wrap and since I did not want to give mine away, I bought an extra one. :))

The next morning started out at 5:15am. Yes, it was quite an early morning! I knew that the Women’s Fitness Festival was a bigger race, so I didn’t want to chance missing out on parking, etc. Especially with having some friends with me who are new to whole racing scene. I wanted to make this day memorable for them so that they would continue to do more races with me! The race email that was sent out recommended that we arrive around 6am, so that is why we agreed to meet up at 5:15am to carpool down to Sacramento. (Although it was nice being able to park on the street for free and close to the starting line, next time, I’d leave the house closer to 5:45am.). Besides being able to park for free on the street close to the starting line, another advantage to arriving early was no lines at the porta-potties and they were clean!

While waiting for @sweating_awesome, @mrs.motherrunner, and @kelruns72 we took a few pictures in front of the Sacramento State Capital building and took a classic Pro Compression sock pic.

Once @sweating_awesome (Christa), @mrs.motherrunner (Alandrea), and @kelruns72 (Kelly) arrived, we of course, had to take more pics.

Before we knew it, the time had come to line up in the corral. Four of us went one way and the other four went the other way.

Prior to the race starting, Alandrea and I agreed to stick together. Sometimes races are all about enjoying one another’s company and not so much about earning a PR. For the whole 6.2 miles we chatted, laughed, and smiled through the miles. It’s too bad we live an hour away from one another because it’d be nice to run together.

At the start of the race, the course was quite crowded. Even though there were clearly marked pace signs in the corral, there were still people who lined up at the 8 min./mile pace and walked from the start! Perhaps there should be a race etiquette 101 sheet passed out with the bibs and shirts. I know that there were a lot of first time runners out there and they didn’t mean to line up in the wrong spot (for the most part). They just didn’t know any better.

The 10k course was a looped course. It was basically the 5k course two times. Soon after the race started Alandrea and I lost both Christa and Kelly. As we began our 2nd loop, however, Alandrea said, “Hey, look! It’s Kelly!” Sure enough Kelly ended up in front of us (even though she said she was going to run slower than us) and there was no catching her!
Once Alandrea and I crossed the finish line, we took a few pics in front of the Sacramento State Capitol building, ate some food, met Deena Kastor, and met up with the rest of the group.

Christa, @sweating_awesome, earned a new PR which certifies that she is unstoppable! There’s nothing that she can not do!

We swung by the mimosa garden before making our way home.

The day before the race, the ladies and I were texting back and forth about carpooling and I volunteered to drive. I knew it’d be a tight fit, but I knew it was a fairly quick trip. I decided to snap a picture of all of us in the car so that My husband would perhaps be convinced that I need a bigger car.

When My husband saw the picture, his response was, “That’s a lot of people in one car.” LOL

Do you ever participate in races “just for fun” with no goals in mind? Do you prefer to race / train solo or with friends?  

Until next time,


  1. Women’s only races are so fun. I love the encouragement and empowerment from them.

    I’m a fan of solo running, but I want to break out and try group runs sometime.

    • Yes, the encouragement and empowerment from all women races are the best! I am a fan of group runs, but sometimes the challenge is finding friends who are either your same pace or a little faster to try and push you to go faster.

  2. Nice post! I didn’t know about the race. It looks so fun! I prefer training solo because I don’t like when I made the other person slowdown because of my pace. But recently my husband stop training for his run. So he is running with me like a turtle hehe. I would like to enter in a running group but that’s my dilemma not slowing the other people. 😉😊

  3. Well I was doing the Women’s Fitness Festival “just for fun” and then you had to go and say I’m going to get a PR! haha. It’s all your fault!! 🙂 Thanks for inadvertently pushing me and being the awesome inspirational woman you are! I definitely love to run with friends and it doesn’t happen nearly enough!

    • It’s so fun walking along the “run influencer” journey with you! You are determined, motivated, a quick learner, and an inspiration to so many! Keep it up Christa!

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