Best Damn Race Orlando is always one of my favorite races of the year. It is close to home, the weather is usually nice, and I get to see so many people I know in the running community. With everything that has been going on in my life, I wasn’t prepared (mentally or physically) for this 10k that I was signed up for. But my bestie was coming back to the weekend and was fine walking the whole thing, so I put my best foot forward and we headed to the race.
I was having some tummy troubles the evening before and I wasn’t even sure if I was going to be able to make it to the race, let alone cover 6.2 miles. But thankfully when my alarm went off that morning I was feeling well enough to get dressed and head out the door. We arrived with plenty of time to park and get to the race start. We had picked up our race packet offsite the day before, so we were able to just relax a bit and wait for our friends to arrive.
The forecast for the day was hot, but thankfully it was supposed to be overcast for most of the morning. When the race started the weather was pleasant, which I was happy about since I knew we’d be out there awhile since we were walking. The 10k course was different than the last time I’d do the race, so I was excited to see what we were in store for. We wound our way through downtown passing by beautiful homes and some familiar sites. It had been a while since my bestie had done a BDR event, so she enjoyed getting to see some familiar spots. The weather held for the most part, but by the last two miles the sun was out and it was threatening to get hot – quick! We finished within a few minutes of where we thought we would and were pleased to be done.
I always love the BDR race medals and this year was no exception. It even matched my new RoadId! I was excited to be able to add another BDR medal to the collection. Although I am running out of space for my collection and may need to find a new solution for displaying them. But that is a problem for another day.
BDR is known for its after-party, so we went in search of our friends and a cold beverage. Let me tell you how amazing a beer tastes at 9 am on a hot and sunny Florida day. BDR has lots of alcoholic, and non-alcoholic, options available after their races that are included in the race fee. We ALWAYS take advantage of a few when we are done. Doing the 10k meant that we were finished before the other 2 races had ended, so we didn’t have to deal with long lines or the worry that they might run out. We were able to enjoy ourselves with our friends in a beautiful setting.
We didn’t take advantage of the food offerings this year since we were heading to brunch afterward. They had your regular post-race options, along with hot-off-the-grill hamburgers and hot dogs.
We followed up the race with brunch at a local spot. They were having some GREAT food and drink specials, so it made it all that much better. Thankfully my stomach did okay, but by the time we were done eating I was ready to go. Being social takes a LOT out of me right now and BDR had tapped me out. I was looking for a long hot shower and a nap.
*I was provided with a complimentary race entry as I am a BDR ambassador. As always, all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.