A 5K That Was Not 3.1 Miles

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.

Downtown Haines City

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.

Haines City Mini 5K Expo

We started running through an arch of balloons. (I took this picture after they unhooked one end of the arch.)

Balloons

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.

Margarita_5K_Haines_City

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.

Haines City 5K Band

Have you ever had a race go wrong?

Is it crazy that I will probably run this race again next year?

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