Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Best Damn Race Half Marathon - recap

On Saturday March 3rd I ran the Best Damn Race Half Marathon in downtown Orlando.  It was a crazy day ... Mason's last basketball game, Anderson's birthday party, and my mom's birthday.  Unfortunately all of that meant that I went to my race alone and didn't have my family cheering me on.  I was lucky to have friends racing the 10k who hung out with me before start time, and I had friends who watched me finish.

It was a chilly morning and I considered keeping my long sleeve shirt on for the race ... luckily I talked myself out of that and kept it at bag check. 

The race had a lot of cobblestone ... not my favorite running surface.  It's unsteady and the fear of falling is usually overwhelming.  Fortunately there were also sections of the race on asphalt/road. 

I maintained an excellent pace per mile until about mile 10-11.  I just started to get slower and slower and wanted the race to end.  Around mile 12 I saw my friend Mike and that gave me the motivation to pick up the pace and kick it into gear until the end.  With less than 1/4 mile to go I heard him and his wife Christina cheering me on and I sprinted to the finish.  They were kind enough to wander around with me while I collected my things from bag check and grabbed a beer.


 
Official time - 1:45:53, 8:05 pace
12th female 35-39 years old
42nd female out of 513 finishers

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