Sunday, October 14, 2012

U Can Finish 5 Miler

As a UCF Alumni, I have a soft spot for just about anything UCF, so when I saw this race on the TrackShack website, it was a must do. It was a bonus that the race was close to home and easy to get too. My husband and I met while we were both working for UCF, so he was more than willing to run this race with me.

U Can Finish...really...even at UCF
I got up about 6 a.m. and after a mini bagel with peanut butter, we were on our way. It was nice not having to fight traffic or mass transportation to make it to the race.

At 7:30 the gun sounded and we were off, it was a bit crowded for the first half-mile or so, but after that things spread out. The course took you around the stadium, then wound through campus. You also got to run past my favorite part of campus, the fountain, twice! The only thing missing was Knightro.

Since I am still building my endurance back, we used 2min/1min run walk intervals. This is the shortest race I have done in a long time and the 5 miles flew by. My final finish time was just under 66 minutes. Not winning any land speed records, but it felt really good. It was nice to have a race like that.

For this race we decided to go VIP. The combination of beer, nice restrooms and a donation to the UCF Alumni foundation made it an easy decision. After the race we grabbed our beers and some food from the VIP area. The beer was good, the food was nothing special but it was all worth it for these superfly glasses.

I think I am going to wear these every run!

The race was really well managed and organized. Packet pick up was super easy. After the Twilight Zone 10 Miler a couple of weeks ago, it was nice to have an easy race with less ciaos and some space on the course.

In addition to a great race at a fun location, the weather this morning was beautiful. Fall has finally come to central Florida and I am loving it. This race is a must do again next year. What are some of your must do races?