On Saturday, I ran the inaugural Margarita Run 5K Urban Run & 1 Mile Walk. This is a small local race which is for a great cause, benefitting Haines City Main Street, and close to my house. It was interesting running at 5PM but the weather was perfect. (What do most people eat when they race later in the day? I had breakfast but lunch was a difficult one. I ended up eating breakfast foods for lunch and hoped my stomach would be fine.)
Haines City has a great downtown area that is really on an upswing. I love seeing all the local businesses that are opening.
They had a cute mini expo in Railroad Park. I loved that a local Mexican restaurant, La Fiesta Mexicana, sold nachos and tacos. It went well with the margaritas.
We started running through an arch of balloons. (I took this picture after they unhooked one end of the arch.)
This course had a lot of hills (for Florida). It even took us on a dirt path and over some railroad tracks. The course sadly was not 3.1 miles.
At the two mile mark, I heard one of the volunteers yell that there was only a half a mile left. I looked at my Garmin and knew I could not have a half mile left because I cannot run that fast. The sad thing is that I would have had a PR if I maintained my average pace for the remained of the 5K.
At least there was a band.
Have you ever had a race go wrong?
Is it crazy that I will probably run this race again next year?
My first long race is tomorrow and I am nervous! I feel prepared (enough) but anything new can be scary. I thought it would be fun to look back at my first race in January 2011 and remember how freaked out I was.
I wrote about my fears, the night before that first 5K. It was pretty standard fare, falling, feeling foolish, being last, and not being able to finish. Pretty similar to how I feel about the upcoming race. Then there were also the fears of the logistics, not knowing where to line up, hoping my D-Tag was on correctly, do I drink the water at the water stops, and assorted other issues that you eventually learn the answers to. (Can you tell that I am a worrier? It might actually be more frantic in my head than I am able to share here.)
Luckily, I loved the race and it made me want to keep running. Finishing that race, even though my time was slow and I walked some of it, was euphoric. I hope that tomorrow’s Miracle Miles will be similar, euphoria and pride for finishing (plus a personal distance record).
Before I put a ton of (delicious) cured meats in my face at The Ravenous Pig on Saturday, I ran the Celebration of Running 5K. The race started at 7:30 but every minute that creaped by grew hotter and hotter. Halfway through I was dripping in sweat and wiping my face on my shirt.
(Can you see me way in the back near the 10 plus minute mile sign in the back?)
The course took you by beautiful Lake Formosa and a place where I used to work. Down one brick lined and pothole filled street. (That was interesting, I kept picturing someone tripping and hurting their ankle.) It looped around The Track Shack and the finish was at the Science Museum.
Garmin Route Map
Not sure why it says 3.24 miles. I started my watch when I crossed the starting line and stopped it when I crossed the finish line. Could it have to do with where I am running in relation to the road?
My official times were clock 36:36 and chip 35:29. My goal was closer to 30 minutes but as hot as it was that day, I am happy with my time.
Takeaways: I started out too fast. The first mile was at a 10 minute per mile pace which is speedy for me. I should be in the 11 minute mile range. I ran out of gas towards the end and would have felt better if I had started of slower.