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 a few days before race day, and I wasn't back into any kind of structured running regimen at all (I managed one weak 2-mile run while on vacation). With our summer heat I figure I won't be getting any PRs until the fall at best, so my goal was to finish within a reasonable time and have fun.

Race Day: May 21, 2016
As I was getting ready to bike to the start, I had a funny feeling I was forgetting something. Bib, check. Phone and holder, check. Bike lock and keys, check. DBK is just a short ride away and I left home at around 7AM, about a half hour before starting time. It wasn't until I got my bike secured that I realized I forgot my Garmin! Oh no! Racing without my little pace buddy was no fun at all. Hopefully that won't happen again. It was about 72° at the start but the sun wasn't beating down on us just yet and there was a cool(ish) breeze. There was a great atmosphere around the start with the race emcee and DJ and others leading dances and other antics. The race party was well stocked with bounce houses and a huge water slide set up, food vendors, a face painter, and free beer for runners at the end of the race.

Mile 1: 9:43*
How fast am I going? Am I going to PR? I feel like I'm going incredibly slow. It's okay, I won't PR, no problem. Should I slow down? I have no idea. Haven't we run a mile yet?

Mile 2: 9:46*
I feel like I'm running too fast. Slow down... That's too slow. Or is it? I have no idea. Should I take a walk break? Have I been running 4 minutes? 8 minutes? 24 minutes? I have no idea. Haven't we run two miles yet?

Mile 3+: 10:16*, 2:11*
Could I still PR? I have no idea. I feel like I'm pushing... but I think I've taken more walking breaks than I should have. Oh, I can hear the race emcee... Finishers are under 31 minutes -- okay, that's clear, no PR! I can still finish strong. Let's go!

Arthur and I had plans to go to Disney for the day (typical race day --> Disney fun day!) so I only had time for a quick selfie with the mayor of DeBary before I headed home!

Chip time: 31:06
Placement details: 14 of 45 in age group, 121th overall out of 491 finishers
Race Amenities:
Swag included a ladies tech shirt, finisher's medal, nice swag bag with rubber DBK mascot and other nice goodies.
Cost: $25.00

*I used my phone to track the race but I started and ended the timer with a large buffer since it takes me a moment to get the phone into and out of my arm holder.

Report written May 31, 2016

Featured photo & running photo (c) Almost There Photography

Race Report: Swamp House Half 2017

I ran the sixth annual Swamp House Half Marathon on March 5th. It was my first time running this race, which courses through my hometown of DeBary, Florida. Swamp House is a fundraiser for my local running club, West Volusia Runners (WVR). The route follows residential streets, our...

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: Belle Terre Bobcat 5K 2018

I ran the Belle Terre Bobcat 5K on February 10th. Proceeds from this race go to support student programs at Belle Terre Elementary School in Palm Coast. The race was accompanied by a cute little health fair with local vendors, as well as a free pancake breakfast for...

Race Report: Mickey's Jingle Jungle 5K 2016

Disney's Wine and Dine Half Marathon Weekend started with Mickey's Jingle Jungle 5K. These short races are fun runs at Disney -- they are not timed. When I ran my first Disney 5K back in April, the Star Wars Dark Side 5K, I was in the...