Local 10K Race Report: Suck It Up Buttercup 2016

Suck It Up Buttercup is a somewhat "hilly" midsummer race in central Florida. It kind of sucks, but for some reason I had a lot of fun!

Training & Goals
No special training and no particular goals for this race. I didn't imagine I could PR in the midsummer heat.

Race Day: July 10, 2016
The start/finish line for this race was at Gemini Springs, so I rode my bike there in the wee dark hours in order to arrive in time for the 6:30AM start. It was 79° with 89% humidity and sunny at the start. This was a gun start / chip finish on an uncertified course.

Mile 1: 10:16
For a hot July race, it was pretty crowded at the start! A 5K race started at the same time as the 10K so there were a lot of runners and walkers crowding the course at the beginning.

Mile 2: 10:12
Shortly after the first mile marker we split from the 5K route. This was very clearly indicated.

Mile 3: 10:26
It was a lot of fun running through my neighborhood. The "hills" weren't too bad!

Mile 4: 10:20

Mile 5: 10:35
There were four water stops and I stopped at all but the third one. Support during this race was great. Course marshals and local police made everything very clear and safe.

Mile 6+: 10:06, 1:36*
I was feeling really good during the second half of the race and thought I might be headed for a PR going into the final mile. A local resident had a water sprinkler skewed to shower over the sidewalk so I took a quick detour to cool off on my way to the finish line.

My Garmin came up a bit short on distance so I may have started recording the race a bit after the actual start... and I'm not sure if I should count this time as a personal record. My Garmin never matches 100% with chip timing (as is normal for consumer grade GPS watches) but I'm usually a bit over distance, not under. For now I'm calling it my 10K PR. My next 10K is a partial trail race at the end of September and my next road 10K probably won't happen until October. I did use this race as my proof of time for the Disney Wine & Dine races -- I sure hope that works out!

Chip time: 1:03:29 (1:53 PR)
Placement details:
12 of 42 in age group, 100th overall out of 338 finishers
Race Amenities: Swag included a ladies tech shirt and a finisher medal for all.
Cost: $35.00

*I didn't start my Garmin at the right time/place, so my data is a bit off.

Report written July 29, 2016

Race photo (c) Almost There Photography

Local 5K Race Report: DeBary 5K 2016 or: That Time I Forgot My Garmin

The DeBary 5K is sponsored in large part by a local contracting company, DBK. Proceeds go towards DeBary Elementary School and the Kruid Foundation. The 2016 race was the 2nd annual. Training & Goals I had just come back from a 10-day holiday in Costa Rica...

Race Report: Bob Ross Happy Little 5K 2017

One of the theme nights our local minor league baseball team, the Daytona Tortugas, had planned for the 2017 season was Bob Ross Night, honoring the Daytona Beach native. The team was going to give away a bobblehead of the painter. As the date approached, more promotions...

Race Recap: Beachin' It 5K 2019

The Daytona Beach Half Marathon weekend made some changes for 2019, including adding a Saturday 5K to the challenge options. I had planned to run the half marathon for the third year in a row (read my previous reports from 2017 and 2018). Because of...

Race Recap: The House Next Door 5K

I participated in the third annual House Next Door Family 5K at Gemini Springs in DeBary. The race benefits The House Next Door charity. Training & GoalsI'm still slowly (very slowly) easing back into running following a chronic Achilles issue that resulted in...