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I decided this year, rather than parking at the starting line area (by the Castillo), I'd park at the finish line. I usually park at the Castillo because after the race, I walk around St. George Street, but I wasn't planning much sight-seeing, so I didn't want to take up a space from someone else.
I didn't know how long it would take me to get to the start line from the finish line, so I arrived pretty early (like 6:30am early), and ended up getting great spot on the edge of the park, where the finish line is.
|The finish line is on the other side of the trees|
|Good morning, beautiful Old City|
|Ain't nobody got time for a drawbridge!|
|I never noticed that they anchor in straight lines!|
|Hot and hazy|
|Sparkle Selfie by the Castillo sign|
|"Freak out the Family Because I'm So Close to the Edge!!!!" Selfie|
|Looking toward Packet Pickup from the Castillo|
|"I love you, wall... you totally get me!"|
|It's getting' CROWDED!|
|Bag, shirt and some other goodies|
It might be damned hot, but the views across the water are always beautiful and today was no different.
|Feelin' good, but I just started, so...|
|Yeah, that's gonna smell pretty rank by the time I'm done!|
|There is a guy in a suit with advertisements velcro'ed to him!|
|Action Shot! The old ladies look like they're mall-strollin'|
|Mile 1, some water, and an old dude in jorts...|
|I'm gonna pass my car!|
|Action Shot, still wogging!|
|Stop throwing trash at my car!|
|Mile 3, almost home!|
|It's up there, I can see it.|
|Action Shot, Finish Line... so sweaty!|
I grabbed some water and a bag of ice (which I promptly shoved down my bra), as well as my medal and headed into the park, where it's shady and cooler. (The high for the day was 89º, but it felt a helluva lot hotter than that!).
|So. Hot. and Red. and Sweaty!|
|I'm coming, car! (Wish I had remote start!)|
|Motherfuckin' drawbridge and shit|
|Weisswurst or Legs?|
|Nothing says "beachy" like slightly warm Italian meats!|
|Saturday morning on St. Augustine Beach - maybe 20 people from here to the horizon|
|He was the happiest doggo!|
I couldn't stay too long - I am a pasty white chick, after all - so about about an hour, I packed up and headed back to the car (I was still crispy by the time I got home...). I popped over to this awesome Dollar Tree - it's HUGE! - and did some impulse shopping.
|Sweet! I didn't know I could recycle my kids! I thought I had to trash 'em...|
|Not the most... reputable... shopping center... but a great Dollar Tree|
|On-street parallel parking, my speciality!|
|Not the smartest parking I've done|
So, is it a good thing or a bad thing that I'm being recognized in other cities for my love of fudge and running?
Anyway, I was able to pay for my treats without having to go get my credit card, and after doing a little more window shopping, I headed back to the car, and got ready to go home.
I hit up the RaceTrac for caffeine and set the Garmin to take me to Hardee's in Palatka. I couldn't find it last time, and I was so pissed, it became a mission this time.
It turned out that this Hardee's in Palatka was inside a gas station, rather than being a stand-alone joint!
With burger in hand (which was very tasty, but who the hell puts ketchup on a burger with bacon?!?), I headed home, picked up Hubby and vegged on the couch the rest of the day!
|Bacon & Cheese Thickburger... really, ketchup? Ick.|