The 2015 Gate River Run 15K.. aka the really fun race in Jacksonville that was really freaking hot this year! Not that it really mattered to me, since I didn’t have a time goal this year. In fact, I went into this race determined to have fun and not stress over time so I made it my goal to PR in drink stops. Spoiler Alert – I totally hit my goal!
Ohh look, I’m finally recapping the 2014 Gate River Run, it’s about time since the race was in mid-March! Last year was the first time I ran the Gate River Run. It’s a HUGE event in Jacksonville, it seems like everyone in our running community runs it. This year, if I remember correctly, there were just under 20,000 runners and walkers. It’s hard for me to visualize that many people.. maybe it is for you too? This should help.. this is the Main Street Bridge in downtown Jax.
Like I mentioned in my post about the day before the race, I’d really been looking forward to the Walt Disney World Marathon since the Space Coast Marathon. I’d really been beating myself up about how I performed there and knew that I could do a lot better. I think there were a lot of things that contributed to me not really being very motivated to push myself that day — I was bored, the hills were annoying, and I really just didn’t feel up to it. That wasn’t the case the morning of the Walt Disney World Marathon. I really wanted to do better, I wanted to do what I knew I was capable of and what I had trained for.
I’ve been looking forward to this race since approximately 5.78 seconds after I crossed the finish line at the Space Coast Marathon. When I finished feeling great, with a huge smile on my face, I knew I could have done better. Much, much better. I finished though, and for your first marathon, that’s all that really matters. I learned a lot, but most of all learned to respect the distance. In case you didn’t know, 26.2 miles is a really long way to run.
I’ve been talking about the Space Coast Marathon since April and training for it since July. Much like everything else, it seemed like it took forever to get here but when I woke up Sunday morning, it was kind of surreal that the day I’d been working so hard for, for so many miles and months, was finally here.
I apologize in advance, because this post is pretty picture heavy. I tried to cut some out, but the folks at runDisney took SO many amazing pictures, so it was HARD!
Sometimes I have a habit of underestimating things. It’s a fault of mine. My husband can vouch for this. I was a little worried after the Tour de Pain was over on Saturday that I wasn’t going to be able to do the Drenched 5k. It was the next morning and I was worn out after the mile sizzler. I’m stubborn though, so I knew I’d do my best and since Braden was tagging along and I wasn’t planning to race (it’s not a timed event), I figured it would be fine.
According to 1st Place Sports, this race series is designed to test your ability to run three different races in a twenty-four hour period. Your time in each of the three events is added together to determine your place for the Tour de Pain. I couldn’t decide how to write this recap. Since it was a series of three races so I was going to break it into three, but really it was kind of like one big race since they were run so close together and they all affected each other. I decided to put them all together, so forgive me if this is long!
One of the things I love about living in Florida is being surrounded by water. It’s so peaceful and relaxing – I love being out on a boat in the middle of the river, floating on a raft in the pool, or even just staring out my office window at the beautiful (but not so clean) St. John’s River when I’m stressed out at work.