If you're going to call something the "Best Damn Race" then it better live up to expectations. Note: For some reason I dislike typing "curse words", therefore for the duration of this post the aforementioned race shall be referred to as BDR.
racing more than normal this season. I decided to sign up for this race on a whim for two reasons: It was a quick drive from my house, and when I registered it was only $40. BDR does a tiered pricing structure, so the sooner you sign up the cheaper your entry fee. If you're lucky it could be only $1!
Race morning I woke up at 6am and headed to the start early. I like to have stress free parking and that gave me time to chat with my cousin Taina who was running the 10k.
Victoria from my MarathonFest running group and have met and hung out with Meghann several times. Michelle and Paula are Orlando bloggers and Beka is a Tampa girl.
The Celebration Marathon with 4 weeks between races there wasn't enough time to recover and train for speed. I did two 9 miles runs, 1 tempo run, and several shorter runs. My goal was to enjoy the race and not get injured. Because of this strategy I decided to start with Victoria, Meghann, and Beka who were gunning for a sub-1:53 PR for Beka. Yup, I knew that was the opposite race strategy that is successful for me, but I wanted to have fun and run with my friends. So I did.
Miles 1-3 were all around 8:26.
10k PR from Disney this year. Yes, it's unofficial, but it was speedy.
The course was windy and partially on brick roads. It's very hard to avoid brick roads on a race around Downtown Orlando. I am used to running on them from my training runs, but it is more difficult. The race was also very turn heavy. I read that there were more than 40+ turns on the course. Not a speed friendly course from that standpoint.
Back to the race - I was slowing. I was not surprised at this and I just tried to enjoy running, being at a race, and being able to run. I was passed and passed to the point where I almost laughed. I'm the negative splitter and here I was hitting the wall! But it was okay, I was running a race on a beautiful day. I was a happy (yet tired) girl.
13.1 miles - 1:59:15 - 9:06 average pace (my 3rd fastest half ever)
Cheribundi Whey Cherry drink that I brought with me.
Also....they should work on their spelling of the word "Orlando"....just saying....
Do you like races close to your home or do you like to travel?
Can you count a PR if the course is short?
Love and expletives,
Carissa & Kyle