Celebration Half Marathon

First off thank you all so much for all the well wishes for my first half I could feel all the love and no pressure at all!  LOL!

Celebration Florida is a little town outside of Orlando.   For me that is about a 35 minute drive at best.  This course promised to be flat and fast and after my 2 half marathons last year in Nashville and Atlanta and was looking forward to flat. I am not gonna lie!   The race sold out with 1880 runners in the half and 489 for the full.  This run was also certified as a Boston qualifier for those that are interested in that kind of thing.celebration

The course was just beautiful!  It was truly like running thru a movie set.  The course was set up to loop around so if you were running the full marathon you would run the course twice.  This always makes me nervous, any one else worry about missing that last turn and running further or shorter than you wanted to?

So we will pick up the story at the start line.  Belinda (weekend warrior and BRF) line up at the  10:00 minute mile pace marker and  we anxiously awaited the start!  There was only one quick announcement and the race was off!  We quickly moved up to the start line and we took off running.  No walkers!  Yea!  I hate when that happens!  We wandered thru the small downtown area and took off towards the main road, finally we all spread out!  First mile, 10:28 and I smile!

I am running at a comfortable pace and I come across my first on the road DJ.  There were 3 in total on the course playing music and cheering the runners on.  I thought they were super fun!  The group is called Mix on Wheels and we ran into them again at the after party too.  All souped up electronic cars turned into instant DJ stands.celebration half marathon


Around mile 4 or so we hit the boardwalk and this was a really pretty park of the run.  It was like running thru the woods.  I was worried that the boardwalk would be slippery but it wasn’t.  This made up a good couple of miles of the run.  The course offered plenty of water and gatorade stops- 12 overall!  So hydration was not an issue.  I believe we started with temperatures in the low 50’s and it made for a perfect Florida run morning!

My first 6 miles are all in the 10 something range and I am really enjoying it.  The only thing bothering me is this case of boob chafing that I can feel developing, what can you do?  I walked thur the mile 6 water stop and try to suck down some of my GU and finish my water.  The music was driving me crazy so I changed the station and the hubby finally sends me a good luck text, geez!  I get back at it but I am now at a 11:30 pace so I am slowing down.  This race course had a fair amount of spectators as we ran thru different neighborhoods.

I came around the last corner still chugging away and new I was going to meet my goal of finishing at under 2:30 and I did!  You could sign up for the racejoy app and this was the cool display of my finish!

 When I crossed the line I received my medal and first time ever I was handed a recovery jacket, never had one of those before so I put it on.  You know in Florida if it isn’t 80 degrees outside we are cold!  Belinda was waiting on me and we took off towards the party.  They promised me a mimosa and I was going to find it!  We first came across a make shift photo station.  Look how fun these are and a super momento, yes, included no charge!

WE made our way down to the street party and we were handed our sample card.  The local restaurants all had treats for us to try and yes my mimosa and 2 free beers!  Belinda and I sampled all the treats we wanted and she hopped in the beer line.  I of course went to see if my favorite little wine bar was open early on a Sunday morning and it was!  I scored a sweet little table and chairs with a great view of the finish line!  Now I have wine and I am loving watching everyone cross the finish line!  I just went back and checked my email, I paid $80 for the half and I say it was $80 well spent!  Would I run this one again?  Heck yea!  Who wants to come down and run with us next year?

Do you have any smaller, local races that you just love?tutus_mb-01fitness health friday

Thank you Jill for the link up!.

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  1. Congrats on a great half! And you met your goal. That had to feel good. What a beautiful course. Does Disney run this one?

    Next up, Sarasota! I can’t wait!
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  2. Coco says:

    Sounds like a great first Half! LOL on needing a recovery blanket in Fl, but I think if you get over-heated running and then cool off with you stop, you can need it in any weather.
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    • MB says:

      LOL! I know a recovery jacket in Florida, but it was kind of nice 🙂 I think it was an exciting start to the year- thanks!

  3. Kim Hatting says:

    What a great race for you! That medal is pretty sweet!! We’re gonna be in Fort Pierce in a few weeks for our son’s Jr. College National Swim Meet…are you anywhere near that? I did find a race there on the morning of March 5th….
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    • MB says:

      Ft. Pierce is a couple of hours south of me. I think you are the best at sniffing out races! I am doing my first 5K trail run on March 5. Sounds like you have a fun trip coming up!

  4. Maybe . . . so hard picking a FL half! That is the downside in trying to do one in every state — no time for repeats and there are so many great races out there!

    But no ocean? If I’m gonna go to FL I need to run by the ocean!

    You did great & the medal’s so cute,too.
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    • MB says:

      I know so many races so little time! If you want ocean you need to look at the ZOOMA Florida race, Amelia Island is beautiful!

  5. Congrats on exceeding your time goal. It sounds like a lovely race! I certainly wouldn’t mind running it with you!

  6. Sounds like a great race! I love it when there aren’t any walkers in the chute – but I have only seen that happen twice in the past few years I’ve done races. It might be because I try to seek out smaller races though. Crowds at bigger events have really gotten out of control!

    • MB says:

      I think the larger races do have a harder time with that, and people line up that have no intention of running, not even 10 feet- frustrating! So score for this race! 🙂

  7. HoHo Runs says:

    Congratulations! It sounds like a wonderful race. And, what’s better than running with your BRF too?

  8. Jen says:

    I love smaller races 🙂 Sounds like a great half marathon, congrats!
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  9. Marcia says:

    So proud of you for slipping in and making your goal! I think I told you I did a 10 mile training run in Celebration years ago and your pics bring back great memories. It’s such a cute (and flat!) little town.
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  10. Congratulations on your half marathon, nice job! It’s nice when you have a scenic course that you can enjoy. Looks like it was fun and well organized.
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  11. Darlene says:

    Sounds like a fun race and you did great! I love running in Florida. I’ve done one in Dec and one in Feb this year. Maybe we’ll one together someday.

    I haven’t decided about 2017 yet. There are so many Fla races.
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    • MB says:

      There are a lot of great Florida races! How about Gasparilla? Have you run that one? It is tons of fun! I am doing the 5K this year but would like to branch out to a longer distance for 2017.

  12. I had no idea this was your first half! Way to rock it! And I need to see that recovery jacket.
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  13. ooh a recovery blanket is nice don’t usually think of those in Florida. Congrats on a great race and you met your goal time too! Woo hoo.
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  14. Sharon says:

    Congrats on your half marathon! The medal looks awesome and all of the perks at the end sound nice! Way to get under your time goal too!
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  15. Jill Dunlop says:

    Good job, Mary Beth! Looks like fun. Maybe next year!!

  16. I’m so happy for you! You really did so well in the race AND you ROCKED those leggings, my friend!
    I remember when they first built Celebration and I found it’s perfection a little creepy! These days I love it 🙂
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    • MB says:

      I does have that perfect little town feel to it- possibly like a place a serial murder would hide in! LOL! just kidding 🙂 and thank you!

  17. Belinda says:

    What a fun weekend! You did a great job recapping this really awesome run. The swag was unbelievable, the DJ cars and the after party was the best of any half I have done. SO glad we are running buddies and that you get this weekend warrior up and running on the weekends. It was really tough to think about running after a 5/6 year break…..thank you for helping me get out running again! #weekendwarrior

    • MB says:

      awww, you are the best!!! Thank you for joining me whether it is 36 degrees or 86 degrees! Cheers to many more runs my friend!

  18. nicole says:

    Sounds like an awesome race. congrats on your time. I know how you feel about running on flat terrain. I actually am going to be in Port St. Lucie in a month. I can’t wait. I need some Vitamin D right now. It is freezing up here.
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  19. jill conyers says:

    Mary Beth you’re a rock star! I’m so proud of you. What’s next?
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    • MB says:

      thanks Jill! I have another half in March and I am looking forward to it 🙂 How about you, any runs planned this year?

  20. Woohoo, congrats on meeting your 2:30 goal!!!
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  21. Congrats on meeting your goal! It sounds like a great race, I mean mimosas at the finish? I would sign up just for that 🙂 Love the colorful tights too!!
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  22. Runwright says:

    Congrats on the half. You did great! Gorgeous medal.
    I haven’t done a race in a long time and I’ve never had one of those recovery jackets either. Cool
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  23. Wow!! Congratulations! And I seriously LOVE the way you wrote this – I totally feel like I was right there with you!
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I am a wife, mother, stepmother, working healthcare financial professional and a 5K enthusiast! I love to travel, try new products, meet new friends, eat great food and drink great wine! Why not run around the world in my tutu and tennies?
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