Running: It's actually more expensive than therapy
2020- What a year it has been huh? I hope everyone is staying healthy and safe. Unfortunately, all my races have been cancelled since March. Hopefully I will be able to run some towards the end of the year. I have signed up for an ultra in October and a marathon in November. I have been running and training for whatever does come next. I am just ready to race again!
Have you guys been running at all?
Friday night 3/6/20 was the Light the Night 5k in New Smryna Beach, FL. This was before everything changed with the Coronavirus and before races had been cancelled. I had not run a 5k since last June so I was a bit rusty. Now that I think of it that was probably the last time I did any sort of speed workout. I wanted to go by feel and not go too hard and try to negative or even split.
We started right at 6:15 pm. I tried to start off slow and not too fast like I can do then fade at the end. My pace felt steady and not fast but still not as easy as I would have liked. I saw two women in front of me and was able to pass them before the turnaround. The course was really easy just an out and back with a turnaround halfway through. The halfway point was when I felt worse and wanted to slow down. I wasn't out of shape but just exhausted in general if that makes any sense. My second mile was the slowest then the last was a little faster so I did negative split. It started to get dark at the end which was a really neat affect. I just love this race because of how different it is.
I was very excited to have an overall female win and I just loved the race atmosphere and awards. This was a very fun face and I hope I get to run it again and again!
Overall 4 out of 221
1st overall female
Sunday 2/9/20 was the Daytona Beach Half Marathon. Last year I ran the half which was so much fun I decided to run it again. I love how you actually get to run on the Daytona Speedway. Last year I ran the challenge with the 5k the night before, but I also got injured after so I decided against that.
Race morning was pretty busy. I didn't expect all the traffic in the morning but it was so backed up. I also had to get my packet then walk over to the Speedway. I wasn't the only one with that problem because they delayed the race 10 minutes or so. My plan for this race was to run around 8:00-8:15 to try and test my endurance which should be a great test for my marathon next month.
Miles 1-3 8:15, 8:15, 8:05
I started off slow for the first few miles on purpose to make sure I felt decent towards the end of the race. Last year I kind of died at the end lol. The first two and a half miles or so are on the Daytona International Speedway which is probably the coolest venue ever. There were so many people at this race but it really opened up once we crossed the starting line.
Miles 4-8 7:59, 7:51, 756, 8:11, 8:02
After the Speedway, I started to break away from groups and fell into my own little space which I like to do when running. I picked up the pace a little bit and it just felt natural. Around mile 7-8 I think we crossed the bridge which was so challenging but fun at the same time. I made sure not to sprint downhill and risk injury.
Miles 9- 13.1 7:48, 7:46, 7:52, 8:03, 7:44
We were originally scheduled to run on the beach again but the high tide had other plans. That was fine with us for sure lol. The beach can be so challenging and windy especially in times of high tides. I felt better after the bridge was over and ran a little faster towards the end. The last couple miles on International Speedway Boulevard were tough. Looking at my paces I am actually surprised how well I did. I felt great at the end but I still feel I need some more work before my marathon. Thinking that I still would be another 13.1 miles to run after this race to equal a marathon is a daunting thought to say the least.
We finished into One Daytona and had a nice after party with some food and beer for those who wanted. I stayed for the awards because I won my age group which was awesome. This race was so much fun again and I will be back next year. They do have some logistics to work out but I am sure they will.
1st in age group 30/34 females out of 29
Sunday 1/19/20 was the Shark bite Half Marathon in New Smryna Beach FL since it's the shark bite capital of the world (fun fact). I just love this race and this was my first time running the half as I ran the 5k for the previous three years. The weather this year was perfect way warmer than before but not too warm. My plan going into this was to run this as a training long run. I wanted to stay healthy and made sure to not run anything faster than a 2:05. This is such a competitive race anyway I had no problem holding back.
Race morning was super laid back for me. I got there in plenty of time because parking is limited. After that I just waited for the race to start and took some pictures of the amazing sunrise. I knew they had pacers so I lined up around the 2 hour group a little behind.
The start was a bit crowded especially for the first mile. I didn't mind though because it made me not start off too fast. I think the first mile was a 9:52. Mile 3 everything really started to open up, and I was able to speed up just a little bit. The views of the half marathon were stunning. I was so glad I chose to run the half this year and will do it again for sure. The weather was also perfect which can be hit or miss this time of year in Florida. Mile 7 was over the bridge which was challenging and I made sure not to run too fast downhill. My splits were are in between 9:50 and 9:06. My last mile was 9:06 I felt so good at the end and had so much left in the tank. I had so much fun at this race and glad I did this as a training run.
Age Group- 20/65
I can see why this race was a top 10 "Medals and Swag" for the Bibrave 100 list.
I recently posted on Instagram that 2019 was a crazy year for me as far as running goes. I started out full of promise and training for an ultra. Well that ended in February with my hamstring injury. I had to take a break from running and racing for the spring/summer. Finally I started to train for a spring 2020 marathon in late 2019. I also started to do some races and training runs in October.
In 2019 I was able to run three half marathons. I also found a new favorite race in the Best Damn Race Orlando 5k.
Things may not have gone as planned but everything is back on track now and I'm happy to say goodbye to 2019 and hello to 2020.