Some people call me insane because I run-a lot-but now I know I am because of what I’m planning to do this weekend. More of that later. So we get an email a week or so ago asking for Galloway pacers at the Thanksgiving Day Half(formerly known as Outback and Subaru), I enthusiastically say yes since I had just paced Disney’s Wine and Dine. I had no idea which pace they needed but hey, it’s great helping runners reach their goal or PB. I dragged my husband Chris to pace too. Another email let us know pace and co pacer(me 2:15 with co pacer Jason, Chris 3:15 by himself). Oh boy. Yes, my PB is a 1:53 half but did I happen to mention I’m running a full three days later? I told you I’d explain my craziness later. I am running Space Coast Marathon on Sunday after 2 years of a fiasco run and having to walk the half last year because I had broken my foot. I am planning on a 5:00 hour or better marathon. We’ll see.
Luckily we stagger the 6k and the half this year(they start at 6:50),we start at 7:00. It’s still tight in some areas. We are off running on San Jose Blvd with about 20 runners in our pacing group. Our pace was 10:18 at a 90/30. I made the deal to carry the flag the first 6.2 miles even though my right arm was sore from that darn tetnasus shot. We had shade down Scott Mill Rd, the temps were in the high 50’s but it was getting warmer by the minute and it was sunny with no cloud cover. Oh boy. I love this area of Mandarin and was enjoying the combination of old houses and shade trees. There were some spectators wishing us well along the way. That was a plus. Then Brady Rd and headed back on Scott Mill Rd to Forest Circle. The sun was bright and the temps were climbing. We lost several runners along the way. Pacer flag trade off!
We then headed up Beauclerc Rd where it’s shaded, then the worst part of the course…the Pickwick subdivision. No shade, running in the sun. We were ahead by about 2 minutes, so time to slow the pace. We told the 5-7 runners still with us to keep going and get their PB. Then around the corner and Pickwick Plaza and the Finish-2:15:30! Yes.
All in all this was and always is such a fun run! It’s a great way to start Thanksgiving ; a healthy run which gives you an excuse to stuff your face. The bling is nice( I don’t run for bling by the way), the scenery is pretty, and it’s a smaller race than the Gate River Run so you don’t feel like you’re stepping on each other. Next time you’re in Jax during Thanksgiving, check it out.
Remember it’s about the journey not just the destination,