Rock N Run 5K and DeSoto Park

This weekend started off with a bang at the Rock N Run 5K in Casselberry. It was Brent’s first official race and our first run to jumpstart the half marathon training. I woke up on Saturday at 6am, which wasn’t easy and started to get ready for the race. I am big into eating as soon as I wake up, nor before a workout. But, I knew I had to eat something, so for a pre-race snack I had half of a Nature Granola Bar.

We arrived at the race at 645 and Brent was immediately taken back by how many people were showing up for this thing. There wasn’t too much time before the race.

While lining up, Brent wanted to stand at the 10+ minute marker thinking he really wasn’t going to run much faster than that. So that’s where we ended up.

You could tell he was a bit nervous, but excited at the same time. After all, the races here really aren’t true races. People go just to have a good time and get some exercise in. They are great for any athletic ability.

My goal going into the day was to be under 30 minutes. The race itself was a challenge. By the time we hit the mile mark there were already people starting their THIRD mile! That was just about 10 minutes in! I haven’t looked at what the top times were, but seriously?!

The third mile was definitely a challenge for both of us. There was a slight incline and we were just about dead tired. Towards the end, runners who had already finished were walking back out to the course to cheer the rest of us on. It really gave you the motivation to push through and run that much harder.

I ended up finishing at 29:20! It was 35th in my division! I was really pumped about that! Brent came in 50th in his division and finished with a solid 32 minutes! When Brent came in I had to snap a few photos!

(We started a little over a minute after the clock started)

Exhausted but really pumped he finished!

(My face isn’t that red right??)

After the race they were handing out ice cold waters. THANK YOU! Just what we needed. They also had a bunch of tents set up with information about all the different sponsors. The most important being Track Shack. 🙂 For all of the Orlando locals, Track Shack is the organizer for this run and many others. They also have a store on Mills Ave where you can get your run analyzed in order to make sure you buy the best running shoes for your body. FANTASTIC.

My favorite booth was the Banana Booth! A perfect snack post run!

Overall, fantastic way to start off the weekend.

This morning we ventured off to St Petersburg with the puppies. We stopped at Einstein Bros Bagels and picked up some Bfast. I ended up with an Veggie Schmear, with a eggs and cheddar cheese on an everything flat bagel, YUM.

Oreo sat in the front and stuck her head out the window for the majority of the way.

She looks hilarious with the wind blowing in her face.

In St. Pete, we went to DeSoto Beach, which is a Dog Beach that allows your dogs to be off leash! Absolutely amazing. I think all beaches should allow dogs. They just have the best time running and playing fetch in the water and the people are free to just sit in the sand and sun themselves. What’s better than that?!

I didn’t end up snapping any pictures, but Brent says that’s just motivation for us to go back. For your enjoyment, this is one of my favorite pictures of Oreo in the water as a pup…

It was her first time out there 🙂

On the way back, we stopped at Publix to grab a snack. I ended up with some Pasta Salad, Fruit, and a Hummus Snack Cup.

The pasta salad was actually extremely good.

Bacon and Oreo were EXHAUSTED. The best kind of dog.

Tonight, is going to be really low key. I’m going to make some Overnight Oatmeal because I’ve got an early morning tomorrow and some tea!

Hope everyone had a great weekend!

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