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  • Hooters 2 Hooters 10K

    2010 was the year I ran three different 10Ks in three months: Midnight Run in Dunedin, Moss Park in Orlando and Ace of Clubs in Clearwater.  Out of the three events my least favorite was the Ace of Clubs.  The race course goes through the beautiful Ream Wilson trail, however I wasn't a big fan of the hills.  I know what you are thinking, I live in Florida, there are no hills.  Let me tell you, there are hills or at least 10% inclines throughout this trail.  In addition, to start the Ace of Clubs you had to run on the Booth Mullen Road overpass.  I was not a happy camper.  As if that wasn't enough, in order to finish, you once again go over the Booth Mullen Road overpass and while to your right you could see the finish line, you were instructed to go left for what felt like 3 more miles.  Maybe it was 1/2 mile, I don't remember.  All I know is that I was so deflated after sprinting over that overpass only to be told I had some more miles to go.  Again, I was not a happy camper.

    Fast forward to a few months ago I found out about the Hooters 2 Hooters 10K.  As I understood it, the race was supposed to be from the original Hooters location on Bay to Bay to another Hooters in Clearwater.  The concept sounded interesting.  The idea of eating chicken wings after the 10k was the extra push I needed to sign up.  Little did I know, this was just the old Ace of Clubs 10k rebranded.

    I must admit, I was a bit skeptical at first, but decided to go ahead and sign up.  The Ream Wilson Trail is mostly shaded and it would be a change of pace from running around the lake at our community.  I convinced a friend of mine to sign up and got my family to come cheer us bright and early on Sunday morning.

    The drive to Clearwater wasn't too bad as there wasn't a lot of traffic at 6:00 am.  There was a bit of a breeze so I was glad to have packed my Ego Girl hoodie, thanks Ericca!  Just like any other race, there was the line for the packet pick up, a line for the chip and of course the potty line.  I had planned on running with my camelbak and was debating whether I should keep it or not.  So glad I listened to Leigh!

    The race started about 5 minutes late, which wasn't too bad except my legs started to feel sore.  One of the best things about going to races is the people watching.  You get to see what other gear/shoes people are wearing.  And of course there's always the people playing dress up.  When we noticed these guys running around dressed up like Hooters Girls it was hard not to laugh.

    Even though there were still some hills, this new course was much better.  I'm not sure if I've become a better runner or just having run that course before helped me, but I got my first 10K PR of 59:41.  Sure, I didn't win my age group, but I won my race.  I went back to a course I hated, and I came back with a PR.  Not bad for an early Sunday morning!

     

    Have you or would you return to a race you didn't like the first time?

     

  • Four Days 'till Dunedin Triathlon

    One of the things I look forward to during our “off season” time is our two days off.  Our Strawberry season goes from October to April when we are open seven days a week.  When April comes around, you better believe it we are ready for a break!  Having those two days off gives us time to slow down and enjoy our family.   It also gives us the opportunity to pursue personal goals and learn more about Tampa Bay.  For the past two years, I’ve made sure to take our girls to a different beach during the summer months.  Growing up in Puerto Rico, I would spend almost every weekend at the beach.  Most of my childhood memories in Puerto Rico bring me back to the southwestern coast, Cabo Rojo.  I want our kids to have those memories too.

     

    Something else I enjoy doing in the summer is running.  Yes, I know it gets really hot.  I have to make sure I get my run in early in the morning or late at night.  When you work 7 days a week for seven months out of the year, the heat does not seem like such a deterrent. Back in 2005, I entered a Sprint Triathlon.  It was my first attempt at being an “athlete”.  The Sprint Triathlon was a ¼ mile swim, 12 mile bike ride and 3.1 mile run.  I remember waking up early on Saturday mornings, riding my bike to the beach, going for a swim as the sun was coming up, and then heading home on my bike.  I remember feeling such serenity and fulfillment by completing these “bike-swim-bike” training sessions.

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    Fast-forward a few years, we move to Plant City.  After having baby #2, I got back to running.  But that triathlon bug was still bothering me.  Every year since moving to Plant City I would check out the Dunedin Triathlon.  And every year, I would say to myself “Next Year”.  Guess what, next year is this year.

     If You Are Receiving This Email You Are Safely Registered For The 9th Annual Dunedin Triathlon on Sunday June 10, 2012!
    Only 18 Spaces Remain So Forward To A Friend If They Are Thinking They Are Safe To Wait!
    YIKES

    I can honestly say I feel ready to complete another Sprint Triathlon.  Yes, I probably did not train for the swimming portion as much as I should have.  But, I have put in my time at the YMCA spinning class and running loops around Walden Lake.  Yes, I’m nervous.  But I’m also excited.

     

    Have you ever completed or thought about doing a triathlon?

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