Yesterday I was able to participate in a double race in Winter Park, Florida: The Zimmerman Kiser Sutcliffe Winter Park Road Race 10k and 2 Mile Presented by Florida Hospital. I didn’t realize it was such a huge event! It was definitely bigger than some of the recent 5K’s that I’ve ran. There were thousands of people there, a lot of business and community support. The race consists of 2 races: A 2 mile run, and a 10K. You can choose to do both because they start at different times, the 2 mile at 7am and the 10K at 7:30, but you have to make sure you finish the 2 miler on time. You can sign up for either race, but if you do both it’s the “Distance Dare” and you get an extra medal.
I signed up for the Distance Dare with one of my co-workers, Ali. We planned to run together, but our training and goal times were different, so I ended up running alone. I waited in a really long potty line before the race and had to run to the 2 mile starting line. Just to get started it was tough getting through the huge crowd of people. For the first mile I was just shuffling through people. I wish I had gotten to use the bathroom earlier so I could actually get to the front of the starting line. Especially since they used the clock time, and not the chip time as the final result of the 2 mile run. I know because my Garmin said I finished in 17:06 and the result on the final results said 18:24. That’s a big difference. And my chip and gun time were the same, but I wasn’t even at the front of the line…. Anyway, that’s annoying, but whatever. It was also very dark this time of morning, and some of the streets were not lit very well.
I figured the 2 mile run would be a good warmup. The second part was a 10K. Again, the starting line was crowded, but I think the road was a bit wider. It was already 71° out, a temp that I have not been used to running with in a long time. I felt like the last couple months I’ve been getting my speed back, but I don’t do well in warm weather, at all. I held my pace pretty strong for the first 4 miles, but I could feel that my body wasn’t used to this distance at this pace. Mile 5 I slowed down a bit, and I caught my second wind in the last mile and especially at the last 0.2 miles. I really focused in on my rhythmic breathing. It has helped me immensely. Here’s the splits from my 10K. And technically I have to tack on the 2 miles from the previous race, because they were not at a “warm-up pace”. The distance with that speed was pushing it for me. Not to the point of pain, I was quite comfortable, but it took a lot of effort. So it’s a total of 8.2 miles.
The best part of the race is the gorgeous 10K medal. I was told it was designed by a runner who lives in Winter Park. It’s definitely one of the most beautiful ones I have.
And here’s me at the end! This is my first 10K, and I love this distance. It’s not too far that it takes a long time to complete, and you don’t have to worry too much about an official training plan and distance/endurance training. And it’s fun. I’m looking forward to more in the future.