Any race that has a name like this...I gotta do! It was only about 5 minutes from my house at New England Ale House Grill, where I run with a Monday Night Group that stages here. And the run started at 10:00am on a Saturday!
As I pulled up early, there was Michael, one of the hardest working Co-Race Directors in Pinellas County...
...and stationed at the PA early, there was Zanna, the Pricipal Race Director and now, Mike's Fiancee! (There will be a story involving the Guinness World Book of Records to follow!)
Early Pre-Race Shots. This was the first local race sponsored by the Grille and was limited to 250 entrees. It has already been added as an annual event now.
The Race Registration Crew. Great Enthusiastic Group!
Last March, D & I had met this couple at the Inaugural Excalibur 10 Miler, Rob Mason, and his Girlfriend, Linda. I was surprised to see them at this race as they lived in Lakeland, 60 miles to the east. Rob has the distinction of being one of only seven runners who has done all 38 Gasparilla Distance Classics in Tampa!
So, after pre-race socializing, everyone was in a lighthearted race mode and got to the Starting Line! We were doing this run on The Pinellas Trail (another story), a clear flat track!
I recognize a lot of people in this shot! It's hard not to when you've run so many local races. I like that!
I decided to get to the front three lines and give it a quick start then taper into a good pace. We went north 1.55miles, did a U-Turn and came back! I felt good since I had mentioned we've done training runs here. I felt really good when I found a very respectable time on my Garmin, from the race clock, and from friends shouting at the Finish Line!!
The fruits of that run were sweet! Mark & Susan on the left have been run training with me for several years now. Susan, 2 time Boston Marathoner, and qualifier again for 2015 is my Marathon Coach. Molly makes inspirational running jewelry of which D & I have several pieces.
It's crazy but when I'm relaxed, having fun, and running without looking at my Garmin, I always clock a good time. After several races this year like that, I think I'm starting to get it! So, embracing the race for the intrinsic values and not stressing out makes me faster! Who knew? Cheers!
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