It’s done…and the next day I am still sore all over. My daughter is texting me from her bedroom this morning…”I’m sore and I don’t think I can get up”. This was her longest race to date in her 13-year-old little life and a good primer for the Walt Disney World Twilight Zone Tower of Terror 10 Miler we will be running next weekend.
The 2012 Orlando Miracle Miles 15K is my cheapest race to date so I wasn’t expecting much for $27. It was also my first non runDisney race so I didn’t know what to expect going in. For $27 I was shocked that we got a tech shirt and an actual medal! Bonus for the #HardwareWhores
I live about an hour away from O-town so I set the alarm for 5:30am. The start of the 15K was 7:20am. We arrived in plenty of time and I found a spot to park about 3 blocks away from the start line. That’s where I ran into this girl and we posed for a pre-race non-sweaty photo.
As I looked around all I saw were “real runners” not that I’m not a real runner…I’ve completed my fair share of races, but I am a slow and steady kind of runner. A far cry from the sub 10-minute-milers that surrounded me! In fact…Look at the photo below. The last corral was for 10+ even though the official race website said a 15 minute mile must be maintained. Yes…this was going to be a different kind of race indeed.
The race started promptly at 7:20 at Lake Eola. There were no staggered corral starts. Everyone just started running all at once. We started at the corner of Central and Lake. Made our way down Lake and made a right onto Church. There were about 3,000 runners running…a far cry from the tens of thousands I am used to running with out at Disney.
After two blocks on Church we made a right onto Rosalind and then a few more blocks later made the turn onto Washington headed to Orange. Blah! This was our first hill. Dang…hills in downtown Orlando?!
We made a left onto Orange and ran right into the heart of downtown. I have to admit this was pretty cool. The last time I saw someone running down Orange Ave it was 3:30am and that girl was drunk.
We finally passed the 1 Mile Marker and it was at this point that we noticed the bus about a half mile behind us. We were at the back of the pack running a 12 minute mile! Really????
After crossing over South Street the race got pretty boring. It was 2 miles down Orange Ave huffing on car exhaust from vehicles coming in the other direction.
Somewhere around mile 2 we finally met with a water/powerade station. The powerade wasn’t half diluted like it is at the runDisney races so we had to make our own concotions in the cups provided. There were volunteers set up every other block or so on the course and they were cheering and ringing cow bells. That was the extent of the spectators. Another major difference from running Disney.
At mile three we made a left onto Michigan for a one and a half mile trek into the sun. It was bizarre! My MapMyRun App on my iPhone was reading that we were .7 of a mile farther than where the mile markers on the course were. At this point I took a Chocolate GU and my daughter took a Mocha Cliff Shot…her 1st…she HATED it.
We finally made it to Bumby. Hooked a left and were out of the sun and into a residential neighborhood which made for much better running conditions.
I don’t think we could have asked for better September running weather. The sky was overcast and there was a slight breeze to cut through the Central Florida humidity. We still could look back and see the flashing lights of the bus that trailed us but there were also runners behind us so we still felt safe. MapMyRun was reporting that were were holding under a 13-minute-mile pace though the clocks on the course said closer to 14.
Right before mile six we saw our first and only bit of fanfare on the course as we made the turn right onto Gore.
Most impressive…the gal with the flaming hula hoop. Loved the signs as well…
- “Worst Parade Ever”
- “Is that a GU in your pocket or are you just happy to see me?”
- “Runners have balls. Other sports just play with them”
- “Run like her husband is coming”
- “Like our best bras, we support you”
- “Your perspiration is my inspiration”
- “I found my hero and she is within me”
One of the volunteers gave my kid a popcicle. It was melted at this point but she enjoyed it all the same. Gore was also littered with wet sponges that they had given out to runners that had come before us.
As we headed towards Primrose on Gore a cluster of us were approached by a motorcycle cop and were informed that we were probably going to be asked to move onto the sidewalk as they could “no longer keep the streets open for us”. Are u effing kidding me??? When we signed up for the race were told that if we didn’t keep a 15 minute mile we might be asked that but we were WELL under that pace and cruising at around a 13 minute mile.
We stayed on the street and tried to pick up our pace as we rounded the corner onto Primrose and then right onto Anderson. At this point there were cops on every corner directing traffic to let us runners cross the streets. We made a left onto Crystal Lake and got a great view of the Orlando Executive Airport.
Mile 7 just before the turn onto Robinson…
Took another GU. Tried to split it with DD. She was not having it! Ooh pretty! (not really) Got Milk?
At this point most of the runners were running on the sidewalk. Less pitch and we were still confused by the cop telling us we needed to clear the road.
My UCF stomping grounds. haven’t seen these two places in years!
After we passed mile 8 we noticed that the cops who were supposed to be stopping cross traffic so we could cross the many streets on Robinson had left. Yep. We had to wait like pedestrians. To say we were pissed is an understatement. The runners around me were in disbelief as well. So much for our safety and trying to keep pace! Miracle Miles REALLY dropped the ball here!
At mile 8.5 we ran into some paramedics on bikes. I asked them if there had been any issues on the course and they said “not on the course but a few issues at the finish line”.
At mile 9 we made a left back onto Rosalind. They had already removed the time clock =(
We ran down Rosalind and made the final turn back onto Central and towards the finish line which had also been the 5K finish line earlier.
We made a sprint for the finish as the Kids Fun Run participants marched by us…
and just like that…we were done!
My iPhone app said we had done 10.64 miles in 2:22:19 with an average pace of 13:22. The official race results reported 2:21:02 with an average pace of 15:07.8.
Although this race is priced right, I don’t know that I would run it again. The volunteers were great but the fact that we might be ejected off the course for keeping pace was a real bummer as was the fact that we had to stop at traffic lights the last few miles of the race when there were no cops present to hold traffic for us to run across. I also felt that there could be more water stations. I ran with a fuel belt so we were OK but I felt bad for some of the other runners. This race is pretty much for runners who can keep a sub 10 minute mile. Don’t think runners who can’t keep that pace would enjoy it very much.