Firefly Run 5k

Before I talk Firefly…I had my SF Marathon Ambassador phone interview on Friday afternoon. You never know how you did, do you…but I feel like I said the things I wanted to say. It’s up to them now!! Excited.


I had an utterly fantastic Saturday night this week. Instead of spending Saturday night on the sofa with a glass of red and Netflix, I ran a fabulously silly 5k with two lovely girls! The Firefly Run is a small series of 5 and 10ks, after dark, where you get some glo-stick type jewellery with your number and you’re encouraged to dress up in as much glow stuff as you can. And then it’s kind of like a big running party. Obviously, we weren’t gunning for a PR but we were up for a shedload of fun, and that’s what we got.

I ran with my lovely friend Juli who is a runner, and her equally lovely friend Susan. We all abandoned husbands and toddlers which made for some in-car giddiness, and drove down. The pre-race atmosphere was fantastic…people had made such fantastic efforts with their costumes so we hung around and people-watched!

Susan, me and Juli pre-race
As darkness fell, the glowing started.
About to run…headlamp blazing.
Cat the neon cat

The start was entertainingly informal…a local DJ informed us to get onto the road, ‘speedy people at the front, walkers at the back’ and so we settled mid-pack. One big count down, some coloured steam and we were off.

Steam at the start

The course was flat, and ran through some residential neighborhoods and then what seemed to be a street of restaurants. The locals had turned out to cheer and laugh, many had dressed up in glow-in-the-dark as well, local dogs sported glo-stick collars. It was a party atmosphere, really fun and welcoming. We ran along together, chatting the whole time. For someone who runs alone most of the time, it was just so nice. Having put the world to rights over 3.1 miles, we ran under the finishing banner. I hadn’t even turned on my watch so had no idea about time, but that wasn’t important.

Follow those fairy-light tutus!

After the race, we headed straight for the line of food trucks. We queued for about half an hour for some tacos…we got one each and they were heartbreakingly tiny but utterly delicious. So we made up for it by queueing another half hour for ice-cream. This ice-cream was honestly some of the best I’ve ever had – I chose Pumpkin Spice and it was fabulous. (I may or may not have dropped it on the floor seconds after getting it. I may or may not have picked it up, blown on it and continued to eat it. Motherhood, eh?) We watched the LED dancers and then the costume competition and by then it was dark, colder and we were ice-cream-chilled and shivery, so we headed back to the car, to our layers and to our homes. It had been such a fantastic night out.

One taco each….
Pumpkin ice-cream as big as my head!

I would love to do a 5k properly now, to see how fast I can run it. I checked my results this morning out of curiosity and I ran it in 31.15. But I’d like to aim for a 5k in under 25 minutes. Maybe not in the dark and not wearing a cat mask which means you can’t see your feet!! But yeah…Firefly much fun.

6 Comments Add yours

  1. You can totally pull of sub-25! That race looks like a blast. I’ve always wanted to try a night race. As a night owl, that’s my prime time, but I still have to admit that eating-wise, morning running works well for me. Dang it, because I love the night! Your glasses were awesome! And congrats on a solid phone interview. Fingers crossed!

    1. Cathryn says:

      It was fun, but hard to see the road so I would rather try and get sub 25 in the daylight – and I know what you mean about eating. I found eating right hard that day. But so much fun!!!

  2. Jon&Gilly says:

    You rock neon Cat! Well done xx

  3. janae@hungryrunnergirl says:

    AHHH this looks like the coolest race ever and you look absolutely amazing. Can we run it together next year? Food trucks after a race? I am so in!!! I love all the glo-stics! Hope you are having an incredible night!

    1. Cathryn says:

      I would love to! I emailed the race director afterwards and the Taco truck was the 333 truck and the ice cream truck was Twisted Chilli. They’re both near you, so I would DEF try and find them if you like ice cream and tacos!

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