Gasparilla 15k & 5k Recap
Let’s start this recap off with the expo Friday. I was able to leave work early and meet up with Mary and Grant (her adorbs 11.5 month old). It was great seeing her. Just as Grant was getting fussy, Stephanie arrived and we made our way around the expo, grabbing free samples and talking about race paces.
I’m on there twice because I’m double awesome. Just kidding. Kind of 😉 After the expo, I headed home to walk Riley, start dinner and go to bed early. The 15k started at 6:45AM Saturday morning and I planned to get there around 6AM so I had time to use the restroom, because inevitably, I have to go more than once. This means I had to get up around 5AM. All that being said, I was able to fall asleep by like 9:15, which on a night before a race is unheard of because I’m usually full of nerves. Awesome. Until…
Chirp! (2 minutes later) Chirp! (2min later) Chrip! And so on. The freakin smoke detector was dead and beeping. Of course it was the detector that’s on the highest vaulted ceiling. UGH! Needless to say, I listened to that darn chirp all.night. and got barely any sleep. I got up, had a cup of coffee, handful of blueberries and 1/2 cup oatmeal (no zucchini 😉 ) made with water and a small spoonful of peanut butter mixed in.
The race started without a hitch and we were off at 6:45AM with 10-15 mile per hour winds and a chilly 50 degrees. The wind definitely made it colder than 50. I decided to just run by feel and while of course I looked at my watch, I didn’t let that dictate my pace. I ended up negative splitting and getting a time of 1:12:39. A 7:48 pace.
I changed my clothes and grabbed a banana before heading back to the starting line for the 5k. I again decided to go by feel and wound up with a 23:25 time. A 7:32 pace. My race paces weren’t too shabby considering my lack of training. While they weren’t my best times, they are something I can be proud of given my current situation.
I didn’t mention the best part… My parents and Kristin and Rich surprised me and came out to cheer me on. My dad was about .2miles from the finish and yelled out “Finish Strong!” Something he used to always tell us when were kids and practicing for soccer. I say that to myself at the end of every race and it meant a lot coming from him 🙂 And just like at Space Coast in 2013, Kristin made signs for me. I love when my family comes out to support me <3
Freshly pressed REAL Cubans from the Columbia Restaurant, buttered Cuban bread and the perfectly soft chocolate chip cookie. SUCH good post race food. Oh, and coffee… Cuban coffeeeeee. Plus I had a donut, that I intended to give to my dad, in the car on the ride home. #fatty #allthefood #runnerperks Now that I’m on Instagram I’m allowed to hastag everything right?! (JK)
Did I mention my top 10% Age Group Finisher mug? That’s the best bling… the kind you can take in public, haha. Later that night I met up with Marissa to see the McFarland USA running movie. It was super cute AND a true story.
I just want to give a shout out to all my ladies and men (FLRunnerBoy) who ran Gasparilla this weekend. Marissa and Jolene, both speedy pants, ran the Challenge- 15k, 5k, 1/2 marathon, 8k. Stephanie ran the half and PRed!!! And of course, my cute parents… Like last year.
Hopefully ya’ll had a great weekend, too! Random, but after this weekend, here’s my fave hashtag… #IneedtogetpregnantsoIcanrunfastagain
What were you up to this weekend?