This wasn’t my first “rodeo” at BDR Safety Harbor; in fact, I wasn’t sure if I should even write about it a second time…….but, since my blog started out as a way to journal my running life I’ll happily review this race (and my experience) once more.

The last time I ran this race in 2016 I had chosen the 10k/5k challenge. It was a challenge alright; I found it challenging to stay warm and relaxed during that full hour I had to kill between finishing the 10k and starting the 5k. I did not want to repeat that particular experience.

So why did I run this race for a third time? BDR is known not only for a fabulous post-race party, but also for awesome race shirts and sweet race swag. This year’s bounty, which I picked up the day before the race (there is packet pick-up on the morning of the race as well):

I would have ran this race in 2017 but chose to defer to 2018 due to nagging SI joint issues. This time around, I was actually completely pain free and very much looking forward to “racing”. Only one problem – my training plan had me running 10 miles that day because I want to be ready for Gasparilla’s Half Marathon at the end of the month. Therefore, I chose to abandon the idea of a fast 10k and instead ran 4 miles as my “warm-up” before the 10k got underway at 6:45 a.m.

Safety Harbor has some gently rolling hills, something that’s a bit surprising in the otherwise pancake-like area we call home (Pinellas county). Even during my initial 4 mile warm-up I could feel my legs getting heavy, and as I completed the first mile of the 10k I realized that running at training pace was a much better fit for me that day. Nonetheless, I wanted at least a bit of a challenge, so I aimed for negative splits. And, I almost nailed them:

I even had a bit left in the tank at the end, which helped me chase down a few runners ahead of me:

Sadly, the sun refused to shine that morning. Running at 58 degrees is fine, but standing around (slightly sweaty) while the winds whip around isn’t any kind of fun, so I skipped the post-race festivities. Sometimes a long, hot shower is just more appealing than food & beer (gasp!). Yes, I just said that.

Will I return to race BDR in 2019? Chances are that yes, I’ll indeed run this race again. After all, there’s some free food & beer with my name on it…..

About Alex

Wife, runner, German native, beach bum, foodie, and wine lover. If you’re looking for info on how to run your next PR you’ve come to the wrong place. I’m not an expert on running or nutrition, and I won’t tell you what else you should or shouldn’t do. I'm fairly creative but notorious for starting fifty different projects and finishing (n)one. My blog is simply a collection of my personal experience in the crazy world of - running! Along the way I’ll also share what other random projects I’m currently into.

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