DeLeon Springs Half Marathon is a little out-and-back race about an hour from Orlando that just about everyone seemed to run. A friend from my CrossFit box mentioned this race a while ago so a few of us signed up. Gotta love a $25 half marathon!
The 8am start time allowed for a relaxed Sunday morning. We arrived later than planned but made it to the start line seconds before we heard, “go!”
We all discussed approaching this race just for fun; none of us felt up to a PR. In the first mile we stuck close, but John and I eventually made our way up front. John and I are training for a race in April together but this was out first run together.
I planned on running with John for as long as I could and then breaking off to my own pace. I’ve never run an entire race with another and consider myself more of a solo runner. Nonetheless, side by side, without saying a word, we ran next to each other from start to finish.
We went out fast and I knew it! We clocked low 8 minute miles for the first four miles before settling into the early 9′s for the rest of the race. It was an out-and-back road race so without much scenery, I tried to keep my mind in a good place. “Listen to the music, Ashley!”
My legs hit a wall and just started hurting around 9.5 miles. I tried to pull away from John around mile 11 but he didn’t let me leave him so I slowed for a few seconds and went right back to race pace.
We finally crossed the finish line at 2:00:45– a PR for both of us, but so darn close to sub-2! Next time, I guess
Go, Geoffry and James!
I waited a few minutes for the rest of the crew to cross the finish line before we headed to an awesome post-race food spread. I ate a ton of grapes and a pear.
I ran the race in the new Bose SIE2i Sport Headphones from Reebok. Honestly, the first thing I think of when I think of these headphones is WOW. The sound coming from little earbuds is incredible. I heard more from my music than ever before. They were comfy, too! I love having quality sound that’s designed for athletes, as seen in the cord with adjustable lengths! I also love that you can take calls and control your music from the cord.