The U Can Finish 2 Mile and 5 Mile races were on Sunday, October 16th. If you want to complete the Distance Dare, you run both races. This is my third time running this race and it gets better each time! The timing of the race has always been great as I have worked the 7 miles into my training schedule for any upcoming half marathons. It’s also another fun thing to add to our favorite month of October!
The race is on the UCF campus and starts right outside the football stadium. The 2 mile race was first and at the end, we got to run through the stadium. All of the UCF Athletics teams were there cheering on the runners and this year the race happened to fall at the end of Homecoming week.
The 2 mile race was great and we ran it in 20:49. We didn’t have a ton of time before the five mile started, so we grabbed a little bit of water and headed back to the start line for our second race.
Just after mile 2 in the 5 mile race, Heather wasn’t feeling great, so we decided to walk and talk. We ran and walked the next 3 miles while we were talking. The goal for the day was to get in 7 miles, not necessarily at any specific pace. We finished the 5 mile race in 60:41 which is definitely not our best time, but we finished, and that’s all that matters!
It was really fun running through the football stadium (twice) and the baseball stadium. We also got to see some other people we knew out on the course. Overall, it was a fun race! I’m not sure if I will do it again next year. I may take a year off from this one and find a new race to run.
Thanks Orlando Track Shack for another fun race and Go Knights!