Well the Inaugural Lake Nona Half came and went. It kind of snuck up on me, so I can’t say I was very prepared as far as training goes. I figured I’d just wing it and do the best I can at that moment. I was pretty satisfied with my finishing time of 2:09:31.3. Not a PR but definitely better than expected considering my non-training. Seriously, over the last 30 days I’ve run 4 times…. That’s one run a week. Pretty sad. I’ve also gained about 15 lbs. I’m wondering what I could have done if I actually had been training consistantly? Oh, well. It’s now in the past, all I can do is look to my next race, which is the Disney Marathon.
Now onto the Lake Nona Half. For the longest time, my friend G and I thought the race started at 7am. I kept getting these emails about final instructions, but I didn’t actually read them until a few days before packet pickup. Turned out, the race actually started at 6am. And the location being about 30 minutes from home, it was gonna be an early morning. Since Fall is finally here in Central Florida, the sun doesn’t rise until 7:30-ish so it made for a pretty dark run. I was bummed because I actually brought a headlamp, but forgot it in my car when we swapped cars at G’s place. We went with 2 of her work friends also running the race. G thought it would be fun to dress up in costume since Halloween is close by. So our costumes consisted of Batman and Robin, Superman, and I went as Wonderwoman.
I wish I had a before picture in our costumes, but I’ll have to bum it off someone when a photo surfaces.
The weather was perfect, the morning started just below 60°. I remembered to bring a trash bag to keep warm. The course itself was nice and flat, and there were a couple slight inclines as it went over a interstate bridge. Water stations were laid out about every 2 miles. I think they could have included a few more portable pottys along the way. As I mentioned before, the start time was 6am so it was mostly a sunless run. There was street lamp lighting for the most part, but there were a few areas of pitch darkness. A headlamp or knuckle lights would have been perfect for these spots.
I started a bit too fast out the gate, but it was so cool out and the rush of adrenaline and everyone around me got the best of me. It was at mile 9 that I stopped for a quick potty break. For some reason, at mile 13 I got my second wind, and I was able to speed up a bit to finish. There was a spike in my speed in the last 0.1 miles even.
I’m a crazy girl, because I wore a brand new pair of shoes with new insoles for this race. I’ve only worn them once before, to work. I didn’t even adjust the laces. That’s how much I trust Brooks brand and those shoes ;).
Not sure if it was the Red Robin burgers from last night, but before I went to bed I was having all kinds of gas issues, and now it’s giving me GI issues the rest of today.
Here’s a few some post-race fun:
The medal is pretty cool, it has a center portion that spins: