Lake Minneola Half Marathon
The 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?