ZKS Winter Park Road Race 2012 – Distance Dare Recap

I went to bed Friday night totally wired from watching The Hunger Games. I laid there for a good 45 minutes to an hour willing myself to sleep. It was so frustrating! Still, I hopped out of bed at 5:15 on Saturday — race day!


I got ready and snuck out of the house around 6 to pick up Paula. We made it to Park Ave in Winter Park just in time to start the 2-mile run. Amazingly, I remembered everything. My Garmin, my KT tape, breakfast, a gel (just in case). I was good to go. The race started promptly at 7 and it took me 16:33 to run 2 miles. Not too shabby.

In fact, I came in 10th in my age group (out of 77 other 30-34 year olds), which is probably the only time you will see the number 10 in front of my name.

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While my 2 miles were faster this year, they were somewhat torturous and my lungs did not like the humidity. Last year it was about 10 degrees cooler and after I ran the 2 miles I felt energized. This year, I wanted to curl up on the bench and rest.


So, I decided at the start of the 10K that I was going to run it moderately. I KNEW wasn’t going to PR. I was just going to ENJOY the course and I did, immensely. This course highlights the beauty that is Winter Park – the brick roads (oh, how my ankle hates them!), the canopy trees, a few rolling hills, beautiful houses and lakes – everything you can ask for in a race course. I know I am biased because this race is home base – but I it is one of my favorites!

I maintained between a 9:05 and a 9:10 pace throughout the course and ended up finishing in 56:36.

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I felt great about my time considering I DIDN’T go balls to the wall. Plus, my family was there to cheer me on!

My time for BOTH races combined (and why it’s the “Distance Dare”) was 1:13:09 (8:55 average pace – not bad!).

After the race, I caught up with an old co-worker, John. I haven’t seen him in ages. He actually ran his first marathon in January in Miami!


I look waaaaay more excited about this than him. Maybe it’s because he knew he would have to take our picture?


After we said bye to John, I found my family and kissed the hubby goodbye (he had to go to work – booo!), and searched for my beer from Orlando Brewing. It was GOOOOOD. L was a little pissed that I wouldn’t share.



Torture, mommy, torture!

We also spied Carissa, hard at work.


L made friends, while B pretended that mankind didn’t exist (thanks Paula for this awesome picture! That iPad? Is B.).


Paula and I molested a bunny (mostly Paula — shhhh, don’t tell Pants!)


and then we headed home. Whew, that was a lot of bunny action in one day.

I think I said this last year too, but this race didn’t disappoint. If you live in the Orlando area DO THIS RACE! ANYONE can run or walk 6.2 miles (an 87 year old crossed the finish line — if that doesn’t inspire you, I don’t know what does) — and it’s for a great cause! I’ll probably skip the 2-mile portion next year but the 10K is definitely in my calendar.

And with that, 2011-2012 race season comes to a close. *sniff* I have no idea what the summer and fall will bring, but there will be running, of some kind. Probably… Maybe…. We’ll see… Oh whatever, you know I can’t quit running.

What’s your favorite distance? I can finally say half marathon. I do love the 10K and 15K distances, but there’s something about the half marathon that I enjoy more.  I don’t think that answer will ever be marathons — but I guess we’ll see!


  1. John says

    Hey Michelle, I was good seeing you at the race. It was a bit harder than last year but still pretty nice. Lydia and I afterwards went to Bagel King and I pigged out on French Toast. Anyways, take care and keep on runnin’.

  2. says

    Congrats on a great race! The course sounds beautiful and fun. Your daughter is totally adorable! Love that she is so outgoing and just hung out with people at the race.

    My favorite distance is also the half marathon. It’s just challenging enough without being overbearing on your life & schedule. And drinking. Yes, one can still maintain a decent drinking schedule while training. That’s always a plus.

    And btw, I invited Paula to gorgeous Michigan to do a race, and you should come too!
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    • says

      Michigan is ON the list :) It may not happen this year (soooo much travel going on!) but soon!!

      Oh yeah – how could I forget the drinking schedule? I did make sacrifices for marathon training — and I’m not sure I’m willing to make them again any time soon. Hee.

  3. says

    Congrats on dominating not one but TWO races in one day! I’ve never heard of a race like this before and it definitely sounds interesting. I definitely don’t think I would want to run a 10k after racing 2 miles! My favorite distance is definitely also the half marathon – you should come run Seattle Rock n Roll in June!
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    • says

      Our local running store does a few races like this! It’s nice because if gives me an option to challenge myself with something other than halfs!

      I would LOVE run in Seattle! Probably not this year, but definitely at some point. A close friend from high school lives there too so it’s definitely on the list :)

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