Race Eve/Pre-Race - Harold arrived from NSB Friday night and after we grabbed some pizza to carb-load up we hit the hay in preparation for a early morning wake up. Fast forward to 4:45 a.m. and imagine our suprise when the fire alarms in my building went off and pierced our ears for a good 15 minutes! F.O.L!
When it really was time to get up we were up and at 'em and ready to race! We arrived at the Cady Way Park and met up with Robin my running momma from Running Circles around the Turtles, her hubs and a new bloggy friend Lauren of Banana's & Toast! (I loved that she wore her profile running outfit so we'd pick her out, I totally did that my first blog running date too! LOL!) We all chit-chatted and after a few bathroom visits we were headed to the start line...
Start Corral - After wishing the girls good luck, Harold and I made a bee line for the front of the crowd and positioned ourselves a few rows back from the starting line. According to my Garmin and clock time versus chip time it took us all of 3 seconds to cross the mat...
The Race - Because we had dubbed this race a "Duel to the Death" our mission was pretty straight forward; make it to the Finish before the other did and don't hold back. So I didn't. And I smoked him the first mile with a 6:30! Woot! Woot! BUT THEN... not even a minute later as I stepped down something tweaked in my Lankle and it was all I could do to keep moving. I had to stop quickly and shake it out before resuming to limp/run the remaining miles. I lost significant pace but still managed to eek in with a respectable time. At the Finish I learned that Harold totally OWNED me and my PR!!! (That B@stard! It was his first 5k too!)
Mile 2 - 7:52 P
Mile 3 - 8:27 P
.1(7) - 7:24 P
Post Race - After I caught my breath and congratulated Harold on his win and new 5k PR we headed back onto the course to find Lauren & Robin to cheer them in. They jokingly called out how much they hated show offs that ran back onto the course and we all had a good laugh. After they crossed the finish line we snapped a few shots, met another local blogger Kitzzy and then Robin headed back onto the course herself to find the hubs.
Robin, Lauren & I sporting some post race *glows*
Lauren, Harold & I before heading back to the Start
After a quick google maps check it was decided that the 3 of us (Lauren, Harold and I) would forgo the smelly buses and just jog back to the start as it was a point to point race. I'm so glad we did because it was a great post race recovery trek back with most excellent company! Lauren is such a sweetheart!
Post Race Thoughts - The Run for the Trees 5k is described as "a run/walk unique point to point event with the last mile on the tree-canopied, wilderness dirt road of Genius Drive. This privately owned glimpse of old Florida is opened to the public only once a year and features beautiful (annoyingly loud and frightened) peacocks. Funds raised from the event support the Winter Park Tree Replacement Fund. The City of Winter Park has historically been known for the canopies of vintage trees that line its picturesque streets and neighborhoods. Unfortunately, almost one-third of the city’s tree canopy was either damaged or destroyed during the hurricanes of 2004."
It was definitely a flat, picturesque course but I wasn't a huge fan of the twists and turns as we zig zagged through the neighborhood. I am starting to think that running fast + turns = ITB & Lankle pain. That notwithstanding, I had a great time was happy to make a new running friend and catch up with old ones and was happy my race fee went to a great cause! Thanks again, as always, Track Shack for hosting another great running event and extra special thanks to Harold for treking over from NSB to school me in the 5k and to the Robin & Lauren for meeting up too!
P.S. I'll get you next time Harold...