This was my first time running this event. For a small town race, it was semi-organized. We started 20 minutes late & all races at once on a tiny trail. In their defense, they still had a long line of people wanting to register… over 500 participants total! Along with the 10K, they had a 5K run & walk. The volunteers were super friendly and accommodating. They even posted the results as soon as they were available. 5 stars in book for that!
So. Cold. Send. Help!
Actually I was asking myself “why do you think this is so fun”!? Really? No joke.
For the first two miles I wanted to quit & go home. And I’ve never felt like that during a race. I was freezing, my hands felt like they were going to fall off. Totally my fault, I left my gloves in the car. Doh! And the trail was super crowded. I’m claustrophobic. So, yeah.
But after the 5K/10K split the trail thinned out an all was right in my world.
We ran along the St. John’s River and it was beautiful! I loved hearing & seeing the mini waterfalls crashing down. It was a welcomed distraction.
The weather held true to the name of the race. This is not a black & white photo. I took it right before the start.
Time & splits according to my Garmin:
Official time: 50:53
A new P.R for me!!!
All of my hard training looks like it’s paying off. I’m getting consistent & faster! 🙂
I’d like to note that the age group I’m in (30-34) seems to be the fastest of them all. I came in 12th overall for women and 4th in my age group. Is this normal? I kinda can’t wait to age up. Haha
Overall I’d do this race again but wear warmer clothes next time & hope they start in waves next time.
I decided against doing the trail race. It’s about 1 1/2 drive on a curvy, unfamiliar road and the fog is very thick. Not worth it to me, ya know? Good thing I didn’t pre-register.
***Edited to add I placed 4th out of 15 in my age group & 45 out of 154 overall men & women combined. You can find the official race results here.***