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Saturday, March 14, 2015

A Great Race and Heading Back to Amazon

Location: Avon Park, FL (High 88, Low 65)

(Thanks to Dee (Tumbleweed) for taking all of the photos in today’s blog.)

IMG_3184A few weeks ago, our next door neighbor Dee sent us a flyer about a 3.74 mile race around the Sebring International Raceway. It sounded like a great race to add to our list for the year, so we signed up, along with Dee’s husband Jim. Dee came along to be our official cheerleader and photographer.

IMG_3181It was nice to be relatively close to the race location, so we were able to leave a little after 6. Much better than the 4:45 am start to travel to the Key West half a couple months ago. When we arrived at the track it was still dark, and we were able to watch the sunrise.

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Here are the three of us waiting for the start of the race!

 

Being a “shorter” race, I felt like I could push myself beyond the pace I usually go for in a running event. I felt good as I kept my eye on my watch to see that I was maintaining a high ten and low eleven minute mile.

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Dee got some great shots of us coming in. Here comes Harry! (31:40)

 

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And here I come! (39:44) I pushed really hard at the end to come in under 40 minutes and was so excited that I made it.

 

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Like I said, I felt really good about my pace throughout the race. Even so, it was a complete shock to me to look at the list of finalists to see that I had finished 3rd in my age group! Also, Harry just missed placing in his age group with a 4th place finish! Jim also had a great day as he beat his personal goal. Now we all have numbers to beat next year.

 

Amazon update: This morning we received our emails with our offer of employment for the 2015 peak season. They have changed the process a bit this year as they are not interviewing returners. So that made the hiring process a bit easier. We are now signed up for our third peak season. We expect to start the first week of September this year. But I hope it doesn’t come too fast!

5 comments:

  1. Time is sure flying by! You guys did a great job with a great finish!

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  2. Great job on the run! Don't even say September, please! Times goes so quickly ow that I cannot believe it.

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  3. Congratulations on the great time on your run! When I read your blog title I thought you were going to Amazon now! Glad to see it is not until the fall.

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  4. Great race Jessica and Harry!
    Congrats on securing Amazon again, Sue and I are waiting for our interview for the Haslet, TX location where we plan on being starting 10/1 after our workamping gig at Crazy Horse Memorial in Custer, SD.

    Will you be going back to Tennessee this year?

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    1. Yeah, I haven't heard that anyone has been contacted by Haslet yet. We will be heading back to the Campbellsville, KY location. :)

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