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Dash of the Elves 10k

by Meghann on December 13, 2009

This race season just keeps getting better and better! ๐Ÿ™‚


So far this season I have rocked PRs in the 5k, 15k, and half marathon distances. The only one left to check off from my list was the elusive 10k distance!

The Dash of the Elves 5k had been on my running calendar since the beginning of race season, but after all of my friends started bailing I had considered doing the same. Then a couple of weeks ago Kelly had told me she was still determined to run the race and asked if I wanted to join her. It didn’t take me long to say yes. Only it wasn’t the 5k distance that intrigued me anymore, it was the elusive 10k distance that I knew was missing from my 2009 race season collection! ๐Ÿ˜‰

This morning I was pumped knowing a new PR was on its way. For me it wasn’t even a matter of beating my old time of 54:53 (race recap here) – I knew I could do it – it was only a matter by how much. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I fueled for the race with a piece of toast with almond butter and raisins.


I knew from running the Dash of the Elves last year (recap here) that the race would be relatively small. There were only a handful of people running the 5k or 10k distances and the set up had no mile markers and the roads we ran of were not blocked off.


The smaller races are always a nice change of pace. They might not be as sophisticated as the larger races, but there’s no bottle necking and you are almost always guaranteed a prize. ๐Ÿ˜‰


Kelly ended up having to drop from running the race. She is currently recovering from a minor injury and is resting her leg as much as possible so she will still be able to run the full marathon next month. Hope you feel better Kelly!

No need to worry though! I wasn’t alone this morning, Derek was running the 5k and had hopes of setting a new PR of his own.


He was sooo ready to rock the run as well.


At 8:00 on the dot all of the 10kers lined up ready to start.



3 -2 -1… RUN!!!!




At first I took off with the front runners, but quickly realized I would not be able to keep a 7:00 min pace for 6.2 miles. Instead I scaled it back and found a happy pace of 8:00 min/mile.

For the majority of the race I was on my own. There were people ahead of me and people behind me, but no one next to me or very close. With out the push of runners that usually surround me during a race, I had to rely heavily on my garmin to encourage myself to stay at the pace.

It was a pretty boring neighborhood run that consisted of a turn about point and two loops.

The 5kers had started 15 minutes after the 10k whistle blew. I saw Derek on my second loop and gave him a high five. He was doing great and I knew I didn’t have much longer to go.

At mile 5.2 I realized if I finished the last mile in less than 8:00 minutes then I could easily break 50 minutes. The idea of finishing below 50 minutes was foreign to me until that very moment. All of a sudden I caught a second wind and hauled ass for that remaining mile. I was suddenly determined to break 50 minutes and I knew I could do it.


The home stretch!!


And I think Derek caught on film the moment I knew I had broke 50 minutes!!


haha!! Love that photo!

Official Chip Time: 49:34!!!!!


That time earned me 2nd in my age group and a nifty plaque! ๐Ÿ™‚


Derek did great too!!


He achieved his goal of a new PR with an official chip time of 33:49 and earned a nifty plaque of his own for placing 3rd in his age group.



We had a celebratory at my new favorite breakfast spot in Winter park – The Briar Patch.


If you live in the area I suggest you check this place out ASAP!!!

I ordered the Wheat and Fiber Blueberry & Pecan Pancakes.


Too good for words, but also wayyy too much! I ate two of the pancakes and enjoyed every bite!

I also traded some of my pancakes for a piece of Derek’s Spinach, Goat Cheese, and Spinach Omlette.


Very delicious as well! ๐Ÿ™‚

Derek and I then came home and passed out! Such a great weekend and we still have one more fun event to get too!

See ya tonight with a holiday party recap. ๐Ÿ™‚

1 MegaNerd December 13, 2009 at 2:36 pm

Derek finally got his plaque!! LOL

Congrats to both of you! ๐Ÿ˜€

2 Leah December 13, 2009 at 2:38 pm

Congrats on setting a new PR! That is an amazing time!

Way to go Derek too ๐Ÿ˜€

3 Errign December 13, 2009 at 2:43 pm

Congrats to you both! ๐Ÿ™‚ Enjoy your holiday party tonight ๐Ÿ˜€

4 Brie (The Fit Bride) December 13, 2009 at 2:44 pm

Great job to you and Derek!

I’m also jealous of your awesome race photos (and the fact that your boyfriend takes pictures of YOU in the race, not random dogs and people who finish behind you).

5 rebecca lustig December 13, 2009 at 2:44 pm

Congrats on the race darling!!

Can’t wait for the holiday party updates–have fun!
bec xo

6 Kara December 13, 2009 at 2:49 pm


7 Karla December 13, 2009 at 2:50 pm

How fun! Congratulations! Seeing your races always makes me want to become a runner haha but then I remember that I hate running outside around here!

8 meyergirl December 13, 2009 at 2:57 pm

Congrats on the PR!!

9 girltweetseats December 13, 2009 at 3:15 pm

BIG Congrats to you!!! And YA for Derek -that’s fantastic!

10 jocelyneatsfresh December 13, 2009 at 3:19 pm

congratz to both of you! well done!

11 Kristie Lynn December 13, 2009 at 3:21 pm

Yay for a new PR. I hope someday I can break 50 minutes – I’ve got to shave 10 minutes of my time though ๐Ÿ˜‰

12 Lily @ Lily's Health Pad December 13, 2009 at 3:22 pm

Way to go! Under 50 minutes is awesome!

13 Jenna December 13, 2009 at 3:30 pm

congrats to the both of ya ๐Ÿ™‚
have fun at yet another christmas event!!

14 iga December 13, 2009 at 3:32 pm

wow congrats Meghann!! you rock!

15 Erica December 13, 2009 at 3:58 pm

ah! Thats so awesome! Congrats Meghann!

16 Erica December 13, 2009 at 3:58 pm

oooops! And Derek!

17 Kath December 13, 2009 at 4:01 pm

Awesome time!!!!!!!

I’m so jealous that you are running races in a TANK TOP and SHORTS!! I think I would sign up for more here if we did go from 90* to 30* so quickly!

18 Matt December 13, 2009 at 4:02 pm

Congrats on the PR!

19 luckytastebuds December 13, 2009 at 4:04 pm

awww Meghann i LOVE reading your blog!! ๐Ÿ™‚ YOu’re such an inspiration…My boyfriend and I decided just this week we were gonna sign up for our first 5k together, and I have to say, it’s really because I see the races so often on your blog it makes me feel like I should try it too!!!

Congratulations on coming in second place and breaking 50 minutes!!! That plaque is priceless! Of course…the breakfast pancake afterwards is awesome too!! ๐Ÿ˜›

20 Marisa (Loser for Life) December 13, 2009 at 4:19 pm

Awesome! Congratulations!!!
I love reading your race recaps! They really inspire me to get out there and run…. ๐Ÿ™‚

21 VeggieGirl December 13, 2009 at 4:29 pm

Keep rockin’! ๐Ÿ™‚

22 Katie December 13, 2009 at 4:34 pm

Congrats on your award, AND those amazing pancakes!

New music, food, fitness + giveaway –

23 Gina G December 13, 2009 at 4:35 pm

way to go both of you! =)

24 Melissa S. December 13, 2009 at 4:36 pm

um, can i say how jealous i am that you got under 50 minutes? i can only dream of getting there…i just am not made for speed sadly.

but you did so great!!! i can’t wait to get out there and run with you and the other ladies!!!

btw, you are so totally going to rock that marathon in january.

oh yeah, and watch your mailbox. ๐Ÿ™‚

25 Vanessa (Last Night's Leftovers) December 13, 2009 at 4:39 pm

Congrats to both of you on your new PRs!!!

26 Paige December 13, 2009 at 4:44 pm

What a great run, Meghann! Awesome!

27 Lisa (bakebikeblog) December 13, 2009 at 5:01 pm

What a fanastic result! Congrats on the 10k PR ๐Ÿ™‚ Awesome work ๐Ÿ™‚

28 Anne P December 13, 2009 at 5:05 pm

Great job to both of you!!! That’s awesome. I want to run a small race like that… so much more fun than jostling around people the whole time. Plus winning something is awesome ๐Ÿ™‚ DC races are all too big, boo!

29 caitsplate December 13, 2009 at 5:30 pm

Oh yay! Congrats!! That’s such a huge accomplishment ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a great party!!

30 Molly @vegandorm December 13, 2009 at 5:47 pm

awesome! 10k is for sure my favorite distance! can’t wait to run it during my track season in the spring!

31 inmytummy December 13, 2009 at 5:50 pm

Congratulations to you both!

32 Sweet Cheeks December 13, 2009 at 5:52 pm

YAY Meghann and Derek!! Congrats to you both!

33 Rosey Rebecca December 13, 2009 at 6:05 pm


Those pancakes look awesome!

34 rungirlrunn December 13, 2009 at 7:11 pm

Big congrats to you both!!!

35 Nicci@NE December 13, 2009 at 7:18 pm

Congrats to you both, great times!

36 Amy December 13, 2009 at 7:47 pm

Hi! This isn’t meant to put any pressure on you, but all of the running websties and magazines I’ve read say that if you can run a 50 minute 10K, you’re capable of a sub4 marathon. Just something to think about. Great job and good luck in future races. ๐Ÿ™‚

37 Sarah December 13, 2009 at 9:02 pm

I loooooove pace calculators (they are so much fun!), but I always take them with a grain of salt. They tell me that, based on my marathon time (3:35), I should be able to run a sub-46-minute 10K, but my best 10K time is 46:45. Sometimes it’s hard to translate – some people are naturally faster over short distances, and some people are better over longer ones.

38 Amy December 14, 2009 at 6:12 am

So true!

39 skinnyrunner December 13, 2009 at 10:30 pm

congrats on the double PR’ing! what a great weekend!

40 Tamzin December 14, 2009 at 5:34 am

Yay well done on your race, I miss running so much I can only go once a week now due to a sore hip : ( x

41 The Hungry Runner December 14, 2009 at 7:34 am

Well done! Both of your times are fantastic ๐Ÿ˜€ You should be proud.

I was first aiding at a Santa dash the other day. Everyone was dressed as santa! Did anyone dress up as elves?

42 Danielle December 14, 2009 at 10:47 am

Yea for small, fun races. Congrats to both you and Derek for setting a new PR! Derek should be so proud of himself for making such great improvements – yea!

I hope Kelly’s injury gets better quickly so she can continue training and complete the marathon next month!

43 Laura Georgina December 14, 2009 at 7:47 pm

Way to go both of you!! 10K under 50 minutes is BEYOND amazing and seeing your recap gets me so psyched for my Freezer Christmas 5K next Sunday–it’ll be my first race in the cold and my first with my sister and we’re aiming for a Derek-like time and PR.

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