Yesterday’s race was such a blast!
My friend Danielle was right when she told me that this course was absolutely gorgeous. It takes you all through the beautiful (and wealthy) neighborhood of Winter Park, Florida. To add to the beauty of this old, brick road community, the weather was absolutely the perfect condition for running, with crisp cool air and bright sun shining through the giant moss filled trees.
We started off the race all together and about half way through, Debbie (featured below, kind of) was feeling great and felt the energy to pick up her pace and break away. She is extremely athletic and this was her first 10k race, so we encouraged her to do so!
I stayed back with Danielle for a while but she completed the distance dare before the 10k which added an additional 2 miles to her race, so obviously she started getting tired before I did and I broke away from her at about mile 4.
Mile 4, by the way, was my absolute favorite mile of the race course. It took us by some of the largest mansions I have ever seen and along side a big lake where I had to stop for a second to admire a crew team practicing.
I would love to try that some day!
I was so relieved that I didn’t get any cramps this race, like I did in my last 5k, and I crossed the finish line at full speed!
And guess who got to meet me at the finish line?
My beautiful family! I guess little Rylee was woken up early from her nap to get there on time, so she was still a little out of it.
But I have always wanted to greet little Rylee at the finish line at one of my races. I finally got the opportunity at yesterday’s race for the first time.
I was such a proud momma!
And to reward the runners after the race, everyone got a complimentary craft beer. They were offering one of my favorites – Fat Tire. Cheers!
(That’s Rocco in Debbie’s purse, by the way. He’s the cutest!)
After our reward for a great race, we all headed over to Briarpatch, the well-known breakfast place in Winter Park for some post-race nourishment.
I should have taken a picture of the inside of that omelet. It was filled with apples, brie and ham and the photo of the outside just doesn’t do it justice.
It was amazing and I finished the whole thing. I actually shared a little with Rylee and she loved it too!
We had such a great time at the race and the three of us girls have made an annual tradition, now.
We are already looking forward to next year’s race and have some great memories and this commemorative glass along with our metals to remember the day!
And I am looking forward to my next race now, hoping it will be as great as this one! Running races with friends is a really great way to connect and enjoy the weekend together. I loved it!