BDR Orlando + Smile Mile {march 2019}

On March 2nd, I ran the Best Damn Race 10k in downtown Orlando. Much like previous years, it was a great race! We did run/walk intervals the whole time and finished in 1:07.02. As always, there was a great crowd, including many friends, and a lively after party.

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After a quick celebration, we headed over to Blue Jacket Park for the Track Shack Smile Mile! This was Kenley’s second year running the mile and she did far better than last year! Since Crosby already turned five years old, he could run the race, so I signed him up with our elementary school even though he wasn’t in kindergarten yet. I was nervous for him, but he did a great job!

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Showing off our hard earned medals! It was a great morning of running.

BDR Savannah {February 2019}

In February, Greg and I headed to Savannah, Georgia with several other couples to run the Best Damn Race 5k and half marathon. It was our first time in Savannah and the inaugural Best Damn Race in the city!

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After packet pick up and checking into the hotel, we headed out for an Italian dinner with the group.

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The next morning, we headed over to Forsyth Park for the start of the race.

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Our group was a mix of 5k runners and half marathon runners. The half marathon started before the 5k, but they obviously finished well before we did, so they set up shop to cheer for all of us as we rounded the last corner and headed to the finish line.

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It was great to see their smiling faces as I rounded that corner. Overall, my race was pretty good. There were definitely some picturesque portions of the race, and some that weren’t so, but I don’t have many complaints. I felt pretty good for most of the race and ran a 2:25.09. Considering where I  currently am with running, I was pleased with that time.

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Greg had an awesome 5k race and got to ring the PR bell! He wanted to run it under 30 minutes and came in at 29:56!

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In the afternoon, we headed out on the Savannah Slow Ride bike tour.

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We had so much fun spending the weekend with our friends. We’re already ready for BDR Savannah 2020!

Shark Bite Half Marathon {race recap}

Back in January, I ran my first half marathon of 2019, the Shark Bite half marathon in New Smyrna Beach. Fun fact: New Smyrna Beach is the shark attack capital of the world… hence the race name.

This was my first time running this race. The best part about it was my dear friend from college, Kelly, was in town so we ran it together!

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The morning started out a bit chilly (remember: January), so I had on a long sleeve shirt. I did not think, however, that we’d be picking up our race packet that morning and the race didn’t have a gear check. Therefore, I started the race wearing a tank, t-shirt, and a long sleeve shirt. Needless to say, the long sleeve shirt was stripped off very quickly once I warmed up.

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We ran a solid 11 miles, then opted to do more walking for the last two miles. Overall, it was a fun race. Mostly because of the company. I loved getting to run and chat for 2+ hours with Kelly!

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After the race, we got our beers and our pint glasses and walked along the beach. It almost felt colder with the wind coming off the water after the race, so it was a short lived beach walk.

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Hands down, this was the largest medal I’ve ever run for!

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Thanks for a good run, NSB!

Lady Track Shack 5k {race recap}

I’m not sure if you all still remember us… it’s been a while! I have some serious catching up to do.

The girls got together in January to run the Lady Track Shack 5k. This was my fifth year running the race and Kenley’s second year! If you take a look back at last year’s photos, you can see there was far less whining along the course. We had our watches set to run for two minutes and walk for one minute, which worked out great! She ran twice as long as she walked along the way.

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Thanks for another great run, Track Shack!