Holloween Halfathon 5k
So the race season has begun in earnest. With my race calendar full for the month of November I am both excited and a bit nervous as to what this season holds for me. The Florida road race series presented its second challenge for me a few days before Halloween (10/29), with the Halloween halfathon and 5k. This race series is held at Fort Desoto which is a pretty nice place to run. The conditions were not terrific for this race, it was a very windy morning, cooler than it had been. I have not been able to equal my timing from the Disney race back in April and although I am not that far off that pace, I have not been able to equal that speed. The same held true for this race. I was able to run a 26:05 5k which is not terrible but (in my opinion) not worthy of an age group 2nd place, just sayin’. Needless to say I earned an age group second place. I like the Fort Desoto course its a fairly simple out and back course, run along the water but all on paved sidewalk. The wind was rough on the turn but tolerable. I felt good and think I ran a good race. Good times!
Disney Wine and Dine 5k
Disney, oh Disney, you do know how to organize a race. I have really enjoyed my past experience with the Disney races and other than the ungodly hour that one must wake to participate, the races are a lot of fun. 3:30am arrived very unwelcome. This race was run at Disney Animal Kingdom, a park I have never been to. With the new Avatar world having just been opened I was curious to see it, crowd free. Disney had characters waiting for photos, pre race which made the nearly 2 hours before the race start easier to deal with. I had to get my Donald and Goofy on of course.
The race itself was a blast and with the number of 5k participants the race went off with waves in each time corral. This was a welcome change to the congested start of some previous races. The run through the park was awesome, running through the Avatar world of Pandora was so cool at night, really made you feel like a moment that you were there. My timing was not great but not far off my 25-26 min timing. This was not a chip timed race so I am working off my Garmin. I ran a 27:05 and did not feel that badly during the race but lost some time in stopping for an in race character and then deciding against it. Very fun none the less, with beautiful medals and T-shirts, this was a worthwhile race that I might do again.
Phil Doganiero 5k
This was an inaugural race put on by someone I consider a friend, I always like to join in on the more local stuff, I feel it supports the local running community. This race is up and over the Memorial Causeway bridge which can actually be a tough course. It is the closest to running hills that one might get here in Florida. With another simple out and back course I did not expect a drastic time change, wanted to continue to stay in that 25-26 min range and with the up and over portion I though I might lose some time. I finished at 26:03 which again is not bead but not stellar either. I feel like I am working towards breaking that 25:00 min mark but I am still a few months may be another year away. No age group placing this time or at least I did not stay to find out, I didn’t think that with a 26 min 5k I would have been in the running for a placement with a much better attended event. Another fun and challenging race that I felt good in. really nice medals and shirts and a beautiful morning for the run.
With one last race for the month, the St Petersburg run fest 5k next weekend I will round out a pretty good month of racing. With December and January being less busy and the weather offering some cooler days (hopefully) I might just see the sub 25:00 5k by the beginning of 2018. Thank you loyal reader and as always Run Happy!