The Winter Park Road Race has been a Central Florida runner’s favorite for 35 years, and it’s easy to see why. The race features a shaded, scenic course, three distance options and a fun location for post-race socializing. Back on March 24, I had a chance to run the 10K for the second time, and it was a great day and a new personal record (PR) for me. For more about the race and how I trained for my PR, read on.
The Daily City’s Orlando Food Truck Bazaar keeps growing and growing. This month’s gathering of gourmet food trucks was rumored to be the biggest one yet, and it did not disappoint. For every truck we had a chance to try, I probably added three more trucks to my “to-eat list.” Even the chilly weather–the coolest evening of the season so far–didn’t stop people from coming out and enjoying the feast on the go.
We headed downtown on a Sunday a few months ago to visit the Lake Eola farmer’s market, and we decided to stop by Prickly Pear for their Sunday Brunch. Prickly Pear is owned by the same group as local favorites Funky Monkey and Bananas Diner, so it’s been on our “to try” list for a while. They offer a different menu for Sunday Brunch, so be aware that if you visit for dinner you’ll see a different menu than what we sampled.
I did it! I am now officially a half-marathoner! I completed the OUC Half-Marathon in downtown Orlando on Dec. 3.
As you may remember, it was my first half-marathon and I had no time goal. I would have been happy to stumble across the finish line in any shape, but I totally surpassed my own expectations and finished–feeling strong and smiling!–at a time of two hours, 13 minutes and 56 seconds. That’s a 10 minute and 13 second mile, or just a little slower than my old 5K pace! Below are my impressions of the race itself, as well as my personal half-marathon experience.
Orlando’s Magical Dining Month is a great opportunity to try new restaurants or old favorites with a very affordable prix fixe menu, all while raising money for Boys & Girls Club of Central Florida. The event was held in September, and we had a chance to try two restaurants this year. We sampled one new location, K Wine Bar in Orlando’s College Park neighborhood, and one old favorite, Funky Monkey Wine Company at Pointe Orlando in the International Drive area.
I am training for my first half-marathon in December, but in between all the must-do training runs, I think it’s nice to do a race that’s just for fun now and then. The Parenting Magazine Fit Generation 5K and Stroller Roll on Oct. 1 fit the bill perfectly. The event featured a chip-timed 5K, an untimed 5K stroller roll, kids races and a family festival after the race. The starting and finish line and the festival were hosted at the Winter Park Village shopping center in Winter Park, Fla.