Race recap: Radical 80s 5k


Yesterday I ran the Radical 80s 5k at Hellyer Park in San Jose, CA. I was an infant during this decade (’89). It was extremely hot with a 9:15 start time, but I had a lot of fun.

Pre-race picture!


My friend Danielle went all out with her awesome 80’s outfit!! She also got 1st in her age group in the 5k!

The race swag was awesome, and I definitely feel like I got my money’s worth. The goodie bag had a t shirt, gu, wipes, plant food, a coozie, a bunch of discounts. I also got a reusable shopping bag.

The course was pretty much flat with a few tiny hills. I ran up but I always walk down to make it easier on my knee. I loved that the race wasn’t too crowded. Last year I ran 2 crowded races- Wharf to Wharf (16k runners), and SV Turkey Trot, which I believe had over 25k. It was awesome running with a lot of space around me and I could hear my music without having to turn it up too loud. I listened to the Chainsmokers pandora yesterday.

I was hoping to PR, and beat my record of 26:57. My goal was 26 minutes. I know I can reach that goal, but it wasn’t going to happen yesterday. It was extremely hot and about 75 degrees when the race began. Most of the run was in direct sunlight on a paved trail without a breeze. At the 1.5 mile mark they had a water station and I had to stop for a couple minutes before finishing the race. I drenched myself in water, and drank a lot before continuing to run. Had I not, I probably would have gotten sick. I know breaks count, but you have to be smart in extreme heat.

After drinking a bunch of water I felt revived, and had a strong finish. I was much faster on the way back. After 3 miles I feel like I’m finally warming up.

I finished in 30:29, and felt I did my best yesterday. When I crossed the finish line I needed to stand around for a bit. I never push myself in heat, so this was tough. They had a snow cone truck and pizza at the finish. I cannot eat right after running, but it was really nice to see that in case you’re hungry.


I’m looking forward to doing another race so I can reach my goal of 26 minutes!  I also want to do another 10k soon so I can work up to a goal for that distance. My knee felt great during this run. I’m getting a lot stronger and can tell my hard work and dedication to strength training is paying off.

As I crossed the finish line the announcer said your name and your time. This race had a friendly, local feel.

After the race I checked our times and saw that Danielle and me both placed in our divisions. We went back to the race and the organizers told us they only gave awards to the top 3 finishers, but they gave us beer for a prize.


What an awesome prize! I can’t wait to try it.

Would I do this race again?

Yes, but I hope it’s at 7 am next year! Everything about this race was perfect, except the late start.

14 weeks until my half-marathon! I will keep running strong and working on building my mileage up, but my #1 priority is to continue to work on hip and glute strength.

I experienced typical pre-race high, and last night I was already looking for more upcoming races. It was a lot of fun to be in a race and push myself a bit more! Any race suggestions?


  1. Congrats Emma that sounds like fun. Probably always more fun to run with friends. I suggest you ladies try the Aptos Women’s 5-Miler for fun. Beautiful Forest of the Nisene Marks, shaded and cool with lots of nice breakfast cafes close by! I did it years ago and loved it.

  2. I love fun races! Too bad breaks count, my friend Regina always tells me that! After my half I took a long break from running and now a 5k seems daunting! Do you know of any upcoming, flat races? xoxo

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