Last weekend I had the awesome experience of traveling and running a race with the Greater Fort Lauderdale Road Runners club. We headed to Key West last Saturday for the Hemingway 5k and Paddle board race. This was the first time in a long time that I would be driving 5 plus hours one way for a race that would last me less than 20 minutes! But there is no doubt that I am glad I did. I had a lot of fun and made some new friends!
More than a Race
The coolest thing about last weekend was that it was more than just a race. When we loaded up on Saturday morning and started the 5 hour journey to Key West, the team began an adventure. We had 10 adults, two kids, and a greyhound crammed into an RV for the entire ride. But the conversation was light-hearted and there was plenty of water and healthy snacks. I think that if I had to pick my favorite part of the entire trip it was definitely the ride down. Getting to know new people is so much fun. When we got Key West we stopped for lunch at a little fish place called Bo’s which was cool because that is my wife’s name. My friend Ed and I had to get a picture next to the cool street art!
Most people know I am a huge Hemingway fan. He is easily one of my favorite writers. So it was cool to run a race in his honor. The race route was really well-marked and the staff was helpful. Not to mention it was flat. I haven’t run anything fast in a while so I was pretty excited to go out and get it a little bit. Even with the heat I figured I could run 17:30 and finish in the top 3. Boy was I wrong. I went out relatively conservatively compared to my usual first miles. The monkey really jumped on my back in mile 2 and I ran a 5:55. I pulled it together in the third mile and finished in 17:55. Not bad for what it was, plus I got a top 5 overall finish and first in my age group. My friend Ed and Greater Fort Lauderdale Road Runner teammate Bill also placed. Ed got second in his age group and Bill was the third overall master! We got cool awards!
And really cool shirts!!
Overall this was a really cool experience and I would definitely do it again. Are you a member of a running club? Have you ever driven a long way to run a short way?