Hey, guys! Joe and I have had a busy but fun weekend, and I look forward to telling y'all about it tomorrow.
Today, I wanted to recap the Lake Minneola Half Marathon from Saturday. I was nervous about the race, since I hadn't gotten in any long training run beforehand. I adjusted my goals because of that and planned to run a 3-minute run/1-minute walk intervals.
The race started at 7am and was in Clermont, FL. I got up really early to make the drive in time to get my packet before the race start. When I parked and walked up to the registration table, there was a really long line. I also needed to go to the bathroom and got nervous about getting to the start on time. Luckily, they opened up some other lines, so I got my packet and took everything back to the car.
I skipped the long bathroom line and went on to the start line. Luckily, there were some porta-potties near the start. They delayed the race a little because of all the people still arriving, so I was able to begin when I was supposed to. The view from the line was beautiful!
The course started around Lake Minneola, then took us on an out-and-back route down a bike path nearby. It was mostly shaded, making for an enjoyable run! While we were on the bike path, there were some pretty big hills. I had no idea there were hills in Florida, but apparently Clermont is full of them! This part of the race lasted until mile 6.5 before heading back to the lake.
That part of the race lasted until mile 6.5 before heading back to the lake. We ran on a residential road to continued all the way around the lake. This was a really pretty route, with great views of the water, beautiful trees canopying the road, and nice houses to look at. I kept thinking that the lake looked so big, but the whole way around was about 6 miles!
Around mile 10 was when I started hitting a little bit of a mental wall. I kept telling myself to just focus on getting to the next mile, which worked for me. Once I got to the mile 12 marker, I got a great energy boost and ran the rest of the race after the 12.6 mile mark. This was the first time that I was able to actually sprint to the finish, since I had plenty of energy after running intervals throughout the race. My official finish time:
There was a fitness expo after the race, and I enjoyed some of the post-race food
Question for you: What was something unexpected that happened to you this weekend?