When we last left, the gang had finished breakfast, left to go home, regroup, and come back to do this little 5K around 5:00PM.
D decided to chill but volunteered at registration the chip collection! I was doing the 5K with my run partner. It looks like this is the norm for now. Let's go to the film!
Dunedin Brewery, oldest Craft Microbrewery in Florida!
D had already left ahead of me and was working at 3:00pm when I got there a bit later!
I checked in at Pre-Reg & then went to get my shirt!
The couple on the right is Susan & Mark, both from my Dunedin Running Group! Mark turned out to be quite the fashionista!
Jen, in the white hat, is my running partner. She volunteered before coming to the starting line!
I then went to pick up my timing chip. The table was manned by the Dunedin High School Cheerleaders & Students.
The DHS Wrestling Team had volunteered as well and was covering all areas of the race.
Yep, the Finish Line!
So I did all my traditionals and scoped out the "post-party" site!
Yep, the Motherlode Beer Trailer ready to do the perpetual pour!
The ceremonial Octoberfest Keg was tapped the night before. This baby was locked and loaded for our party!
The Bierbrat Grillmasters doing up hundreds of Brats in prep for the onslaught to come! Yeah, these guys had the right attitude!
With visions of an epic post-run party, I joined the masses at the starting Line!
This was almost at the rear of the start. The course was 1.55 miles south on the Pinellas Train and back. Trust me. When the race started, everyone knew to stay to the right. I made it up to the front of the line after my earlier performance of the day! Jen came to find me and I faked hiding from her. She smacked me!
Our dear friends, Suzanne (Race Director) & Michael of Xanadu Race Mgmt., started us!
We were off and I decided not to check my pace. I just wanted to get a comfy stride going and made sure Jen was feeling good about it. Yeah, now I was pacing her at all our races. Truthfully, I'm enjoying this new approach as a personal pacer. We've trained on this trail and knew the FLAT distance well.
It had rained earlier so we were careful to feel the road and insure our steady step. On the start, a women did a body plant one block in! She was wearing headsets and didn't hear everyone shouting warnings for road barriers and pooled water.
(I'm not a fan of headsets for safety reasons. If you're going to do it, only use one earbud. I prefer to be one with the entire race environment!)
The run was feeling good. Jen had given me our 1 mile split time, and I was surprised at how easy it felt.
At the U-turn, I looked just behind me and Rob, Jen's husband, had come up behind me, was now beside Jen and following my pace! No pressure. I started to step it up every so lightly. We had paced well with energy stored.
About a half mile from the finish, Jen yelled her shoe went untied, and told me to keep going. Rob followed me. I know he was faster than me. He facilitates our Run Group. So I kicked it up in prep for the finish sprint. I never looked back, crossed the finish line, and saw him seconds behind me. I waited and saw Jen cross a few seconds after. No PR but a definite PB for the race! The two races of the day told me I hadn't reached my full potential yet!
We hydrated properly, scored our commemorative beer steins filled with beer/food coupons then walked back to the Brewery Party site! We fell right in line for beers & brats! They both tasted great but I just ate half of my brat. I did continue to "recarb" moderately!
We gathered in the court area and Suzanne started the proceedings!
That's Rob, Jen's hubby, on the right.
Every year the Race Group Shot is taken...
This year was no different!
The last two years I had been shut out of a podium place in my age group. Today I scored 2nd and I was elated. It just added to a great day of PRs & PBs!
I guess it's obvious that we're very fortunate to be in a race rich environment! I highly recommend coming down to Pinellas County! I'm partial to Dunedin, just north of Clearwater, and south of Palm Harbor! The Gulf Beaches are the best! If you do come down, I'm here waiting, and you better holla!
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