Lake Minneola Half Marathon

img_4881.jpgThe Lake Minneola Half marathon was my 8th half that I have completed!  This run took place in Clermont, Florida.  I was a little nervous about signing up for a half in late April because of the possible heat but the race description promised this course to be flat and fast and I decided one more run wouldn’t hurt!

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Today’s word, dilemma – a situation in which a difficult choice had to be made

I rode up early in the morning (5am) with my BRF, Belinda and her husband Carsten.  This gave me plenty of time to get myself psyched up and get my pre run beet energy juice down.  We arrived at Waterfront Park and it was still dark but it is a really nice park.  After a quick pit stop in the lady’s room (yes, a real bathroom but only 3 stalls) we headed over to packet up.  Packet up was easy and we attached our timing chips to our shoes and headed back to the car to drop out stuff.  We were 15 minutes until start time and yes, we need to pee one more time.  After waiting in the porta potty line we calculated there was not enough time to pee with the limited number of potties available.  We jumped in line for the start and they promptly started the national anthem.  7:00 am came and went and we did not start, I should have stayed in line.  (Pet peeve #1)- late start.


The course started out thru the park and yes it was nice and flat then we shot out of the park and right up our first 1/2 mile hill.  WTH!  What happened to flat?  I basically ran the 13 miles over what I would call rolling hills, maybe that is flat by Clermont’s standards but does not meet mine.  Fitbit gave me credit for 28 floors that morning!  Back to the race, I hit mile 3 and could not absolutely stand it any longer!  I could see a porta potty coming up at a water break and I am going to have to stop.  3 minutes I waited on someone to come out! Off I went!  It was really a pretty run with lots of lake views, beautiful homes and landscaping to look at.

I need to focus more on the miles when I run.  I think I am a daydreamer and my mind just wanders around as the miles are clicking by.  I think that is a good thing but sometimes makes it hard to do a race recap!  Maybe someone will share a tip or two!  I can report that the temperature went up by 10 degrees during the time I was out there.  The race path consisted of mostly road and sidewalk path which was nice.  I was happy when I cam around the last curve and could see the finish line and the clock, I knew I was going to finish right under the 2:30 mark.

I crossed the finish line and got my water and medal.  I knew Belinda and Carsten would already be waiting on me.  We head to the food table and they had a pasta dish with peas, pretzels and gluten-free cookies- yuck! (Pet Peeve #2) I grab a handful of pretzels and head to the finish line table.  They handed out a cool finisher receipt with you time on it, pretty cool.  3 hours has passed since the race start and they have not figured out how to get the beer flowing yet.  Once they post the finish results we found out the Belinda finished 2nd in our age group so we are sticking around for the awards.


The awards ceremony started late (Pet Peeve #3) and we soon realize that they are just now announcing the 5K winners.  They are more than an hour behind and I am starving.  The sound system was horrible and we had a hard time hearing the winners.  The 5K group ended and the half winners were announced.  Trouble started when it was announced there was something wrong with the times, more delay.  The crowds have really dwindled at this point but we are still hanging in there.  The awards pick back up and we wait for Belinda’s name.  She comes off the stage and what?  The half marathon awards are smaller than the 5K winners?  UGH!

Sommer Sports is a large race/triathlon management promotion company in Central Florida with many races under their belt.  This was definitely not the race experience I was expecting!  My dilemma, do I put Sommer Sports on the NO list for future races?  I can only run so many big races a year and there are so many to choose from what is a girl to do?

Have you run a race that you put on your will not run again list?  or is my dilemma no dilemma at all?  tutus_mb-01WednesdayWordScrabbleButton


19 Responses so far.

  1. jaelynnakin says:

    You have too many good choices to have to settle for a bad one / I vote do not repeat!!

  2. Seriously, the 5k winners got a bigger award? That is crazy, and that you had to wait around so long is crazy too. But congrats to you for finishing a hot, steamy half! My mind wanders during long distance races, too. I think it’s ok…that’s a long time to be focused!
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    • MB says:

      It is a long time to focus but I read these review that recap mile for mile. I have a beginning & an end! LOL

  3. Late race starts are a pet peeve of mine too also not enough porta potties. You can really run a ton of races lately! Look at you!
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  4. Darlene says:

    I hate what they advertise a race as flat and there are hills – it always happens. Running is the heat is tough…I will know soon enough. Not sure if I will attempt a half this summer. But my goal time is never considered when there is heat or hills or both. I think you did great. For my last half, after your finished, you picked up your award – no waiting but no ceremony.

    Hope I see your on Dec 3 in Panama City!!!
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    • MB says:

      I know you get something in your head and then it is not it! I will see you in Cape Cod my friend!

  5. Ugh. I’d probably take a pass on doing this event a second time…unless the registration was real cheap(?) Or you can get a group of gals to make it a more enjoyable adventure…
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  6. Marcia says:

    Ugh! I’ve only run one half that was significantly delayed and I haven’t been back. There are too many good ones out there to go back to bad ones. Boo to smaller AG awards. Geez. Way to squeak it in under 2:30 in those conditions!
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  7. Coco says:

    I don’t have patience for races that aren’t well organized. I will give small races some leeway, but not one with a big promoter.

  8. Well if I only went off the smiles on your faces in the pictures, I never would have thought the race was less than ideal for ya.
    But you know, I agree with a comment above. If you don’t love it, there are so many other options out there definitely worth spending your race entry somewhere else!
    Congrats to your friend though, 2nd in age is awesome!!!
    Congratulations to you too my friend. You’re really doing awesome with you race times, your just getting faster and even consistantly faster with is awesome!!!
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    • MB says:

      Thank you! You always have to smile for the picture 🙂 LOL – I do feel stronger and a lot more consistent- I will be look forward to my fall half!

  9. Tamieka says:

    Sorry you had a baf experience…I hate that!

    Interestingky, last year my Zooma experience was horrible and I vowed never to run it agai however, after filing my complaints and getting a response I actually applied to be a Zooma Ambassador to give it one more try.

  10. I hate it when so many things go wrong in a race. When the Hot Chocolate race came to DC almost everything went wrong – like starting over an hour late in the freezing cold. It was such a mess that they never came back!

    Thanks for linking up!
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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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