D took off half of Friday so we could go to Packet Pick up together.
The great thing about doing it early on a work day is...
We hit packet pickup then went to see Stuart Tabman of Milestones Sports Jewelry, our new race sponsor!
Since we were now on Team Milestones, Stuart hooked us up with some special "team goodies!" D then decided she "had" to buy something signifying this10K!
She was on a roll and scored a new pair of ASICS race shoes from FitNiche at a great price.
I was sorry to see them relocate from Clearwater to Hyde Park district in Tampa. BUT, "rumour has it" that they are looking for another location on our peninsula!
I was not without buyer's sin, as I scored 3 more pairs of Feetures Ultra race socks and a just released new Feetures Plantar Fasciitis Sleeve. As I had a slight heel issue, why not make it comfy. It worked!
I have been considering a "crossfit" program! After speaking to the Crossfit Tampa rep here, I think it's just a matter of time!
We decided to take a walk on the pier and shoot back on the race site!
On the pier, we met a visiting couple from Milwaukee. They were loving the "balmy" 65 degree weather. I didn't mention I was freezing! This is what happens when you become a true Floridian!
D & I left the site, eager to return in the morning!
\We get there at our usual race time over the "winter" months...pre dawn! If you've read my race reports, you know what's coming next!
The pre-race finish line stare down! ( more like a glance)
This time, I knew I wouldn't challenge my PB or the course. This was my first 10K! My knee was a factor and I didn't know exactly how my Achilles tendon would act.
The Best Damn Race had a 5K, 10K, & Half Marathon. We decided to do the 10K as we had just finished a Half two weeks prior, and we had the Gasparilla Half on Feb 24. We did the 10K as a sort of a training run as well satisfying our curiosity on the distance. We wandered a bit then walked to the 10K starting line.
Right next to the race grounds, we walked past Safety Harbor Resort & Spa. Great facility!
We came up to the start area where 765 of our new closest friends would start the 10K!
There were1016 in the 5K and 633 doing the Half.
I went up to look at the starting line...
..then went back to the rear as I would be pacing this race with D.
A local blues singer, Betty Fox, did the National Anthem, the airhorn sounded, and we were off into the dawn!
Yes, we do get a lot of these views on our runs!
We also witness a lot of sunrises as well!
Our first mile took us north by Old Tampa Bay then we u-turned on the same road south. This created a crowded course when you had runners coming to the turn and leaving the turn. Early leaders were escorted by a biker. He was rather rough yelling for everyone to stay to the right. After race comments showed a lot of runners didn't know etiquette or ignored thr race marshals as they were plugged into their smartphones. D ran with one earphone for safety reasons. THAT's the way to do it! I also found out he was knocked off his bike by a woman who had both earplugs in and was clueless about everyone else in the race.
As we went south, D & I did very short intervals. My knee was bothering me and I had to be careful. The course was great. Most of it was by the Bay. We went west away from the bay and through a couple of residential blocks until we found ourselves on a nature trail which D & I had run several races in the past. Yes, we are blessed. There were several course mountains, I mean inclines which I walked carefully.
I was around the 4 mile mark where I started getting frustrated. Combined with the runners passing me and the pain, I started "b&%$*ing" to myself out loud. Darren told me to stop it then asked me what I would tell my SparkFriends in this situation. I started to feel bad as I was affecting her run. I told her I was going on. I started to quicken my pace into a jog carefully. With little pain. I did this until I crossed the finish line.
Credit: Jeffrey Rosenfield
I cooled down and was not happy with my negativity. I lost control of my competitive self. I spent time thinking about how I should have embraced the race in a positive way. If I had accepted my limitations ( nonexistent compared to others) I could have planned a positive goal. I did learn a valuable lesson. I will plan accordingly for future races with positive goals. Once again, I had DSSECRETS to thank for being the voice of reason, making me stop and think.
I believe there was also a bit of karma involved in my education. My smartphone died at the end of the 10K. I asked to use D's for post race shots. Something went wrong and all those shots were blurred! Such is life.
We finally made it to great food at the post race celebration.
Credit: Jeffrey Rosenfield
Great Bay Distributors hosted a serious beer garden with Michelob ULTRA, official beer of the Best Damn Race!
In the end, the Best Damn Race was simply that! The tag line was "A race founded by runners for runners!" It showed!
On Aug 31, registration opened at 10:00am. In all three races, the first 1-19 registered for ONE DOLLAR! The fee graduated from there. I got D in for $1 and, after the server crash, I got in for $15. The killer is we both got permanent race sponsorship and I won a $20 gift card from Fitlife Foods (who I already buy healthy meals from!) So, we made $$$ on this race. Everyone from Nick Zivolich, CEO/Race Director, to the volunteers, sponsors, the town of Safety Harbor, and countless others made this a properly named race! Yeah,. we're hitting it next year too!