Amazingly, I was feeling pretty good as I got out of bed (I think I was up around 5:30). I ate a Jif To Go peanut butter cup and then we packed up our room.
The weather was much warmer today, so I didn't need long sleeves or tights. Hubby and the kiddo packed up the room while I went downstairs to check out.
We drove in to downtown Tampa and found a better place to park this time around (hopefully with working non-keyed elevators!). It was the South Regional Garage at 301 Channelside Drive (and ony $10!)
We headed off to the 8k start, which was MUCH farther away; it was on the other side of the street, next to the finisher chute. Hubby and the Kiddo went off, searching for a good Start Line vantage point while I walked to my start line.
They ended up getting a great spot at the top of the Overpass, and I had a great spot on the left side of the road, watching the half-marathoners come in the chute. I cheered them on for a bit, until it was time to gear up.
|Half Marathoners coming in on your left; 8k'rs ready to go out on your right|
Finally, it was time to go and I took off, looking up at the overpass. I found my family, but no matter how much waving I did, only the Kiddo saw me!
I'm going to tell you this right now - I've already run up and down this road twice yesterday, so the miles today are going to run together. You may end up reading a really disjointed race recap with a bunch of mile marker photos, I dunno.
I remember that early on, I saw this lady in the sports bra and all of her hooks except for one were already worked out of their spots and she was close to free-boobin' it, so I tapped her on the shoulder and let her know. I felt like a good person.
|I don't know if I'd like to have my earphones running through my bra... seems painful|
|At least it's in a different spot this time|
|My light's a pirate ship|
|Mile 3! More than halfway there!|
|Sad lonely jugs|
|Less than 1 mile to go!|
|I DO love my Internet Results!|
|The end IS in sight this time!|
|Still trying to be a pirate|
|Can I get a what-what?|
|Official Finisher's Certificate|
|Check ot that bling!|
|I'm so fancy!|
|I think this is her first real medal!|
|This is the line to get IN to the after-party|
|Still not the end of the after-party line|
|Still not the end (but close to it)|
However, it's only just now 11am, so I called her from the car to see if she would meet us there at noon instead. She would.
I'd planned to change clothes there, anyway, so we hopped on i275. The traffic was insane, but once on the Howard Frankland, I was reminded of how BEAUTIFUL the water is here. Maybe we'll go to the beach after lunch?
Mom beat us to the restaurant by a few minutes. I got out, wearing all 4 of my medals, clanging like a windchime!
We got a table in the "new" part of the restaurant, and then I quickly changed to some not sweaty, much more comfortable clothes.
I ordered the shrimp dinner with fries and chowdah. Hubby got chicken fingers (he doesn't do seafood, but humors me when I do).
OMG, it tasted like childhood. It was so damn tasty I wanted to roll around in it. The chowdah was thick and creamy and just perfect. The shrimp were fresh and fried perfectly! Frankly, hubby's chicken was pretty mediocre compared to my food, but whatever, I didn't have to eat it!
We all chatted for a while, but we needed to leave, so we said goodbye to mom (who nicely paid for our meal... ) and then we debated hitting up a beach. Well, we drove around looking for a WaWa over on the peninsula, but none could be found, and I was getting very tired. I nixed the idea of the beach, got back on Howard Frankland, it up the WaWa on Dale Mabry and then headed home.
I would've LOVED to have taken a hot shower once we got home, but due to a plumbing issue the day we left, the drain was clogged, so I just went ahead and put my ass to bed. We didn't cook dinner; just unpacked and went our separate ways.
So, my thoughts on this race? Would I do it again? Oh, HELL YEAH! The expo is awesome, the course is flat and (for the most part), support on teh course is wonderful. However, parking is costly, traffic is horrendous and hotels are super-expensive if you want to be anywhere near the race itself (our room for the crappy area it was in, was $200 - and that was considered a 3-Star "Secret Rate" hotel from Hotwire).
All in all, I think it's a good race weekend, and I look forward to doing it next year. Maybe no 5k with the kiddo though.
|MEDALS!!! 5k, 8k, Challenge and 15k|