On Saturday March 25th I ran the 40th anniversary Zimmerman Kiser Sutcliffe Winter Park Road Race 10k. It was the last race of the Fanatics Series, so technically my last run of the season (assuming I don't sign up or any other races).
Instead of eating out the night before the race, we made sliders at home on mini pretzel buns. They were really good! I even made homemade pickles to add to the burgers.
I tried to leave extra early for the race since it was a) kind of far from us and b) super crowded and one of the most popular races.
Unfortunately I couldn't find any parking in my normal garage and ended up parking at some attorney's office. Thankfully there were no towing signs and my car was safe while I was at the race.
One of the perks of being a fanatic was having a VIP area to use before and after the race. I was able to check my bag and have a place to stretch before heading to the start line. After the race they had extra snacks and massages for the VIP runners as well.
The race features a lot of running on brick but is a gorgeous course. You get to run by million dollar Winter Park homes. There were a couple of hills that brought me back to my Charlotte days.
I was doing pretty well with my pace until mile 4. I started to get tired and it began warming up. I finished the race in 47:49 minutes. Definitely not a PR but still a respectable sub 8 minute/mile pace.
I placed 6th in my new age group, 42nd female, and 202nd out of 2,981 total finishers.
After the race I enjoyed my free beer and some of the food samples while chatting with Mike and Christina. Mike has ran almost every race of the series (missed the UCF 5 miler). I love my running buddy and really hope he signs up for the fanatic series again.
I ended up tying for 5th place in the Fanatic Series which gives me a ton of motivation to work harder next year. I was tied for 3rd place coming into the Winter Park 10k but definitely could not hang with those speedy ladies.
Thanks Track Shack for another great race and a fantastic running season. Looking forward to being a fanatic again next year!