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Back in September, I needed to find a December race to round out my 1-race-per-month schedule. There wasn't anything really good in my town, but I saw this and decided it looked awesome! It was close to where I grew up (I may have even played at Coachman Park, it sure sounds familiar anyway...), cheap (I used a promo code to save 20%) and came with a great medal and LS tech tee!
The race was an out-and-back, but what made it special (and challenging) was that it went out-and-back over the Clearwater Memorial Causeway!
|10k and 5k Race Map|
|View of the bridge from my parking spot|
|Packet Pickup - why is the alphabet backwards?|
I was able to get a great parking spot, super close to the start/finish lines!
|See the tiny red arrow? It's pointing to my car - I got a CLOSE spot!|
|Brrrrrr (for Florida, anyway)|
I stayed in the car as long as I could, but evenually geared up, pinned on my bib and got out of the toasty car. Unfortunately, my body decided it was now time to pee, so I had to get in the very long pottie lines. Ugh, I wished I did this an hour ago!
|Very long line for potties (which equals very well-used potties)|
|All roads lead to pancakes|
|All roads also lead to orange juice!|
I got a picture of the start line and the medals.
|Start lines are always so full of promise|
|Soon, one of you will be mine|
|I can see the start line... WAY up there|
|This is the only time I'll be in front of you!|
|Still getting used to this cold-weather running thing - fleece head wrap OVER a hat|
|Gloves under my running jacket; which was over a LS running tee|
|We meet again, PCC|
|Promo Shot courtesy of Say No to Drugs Holiday Classic|
|Like, Oh My God, Becky, we're walking on a bridge, tee hee!|
|Hello, Ugly Shorts Man|
|She seems to be cold|
|CAUTION: Crazy people giving up a cozy Saturday to run over huge bridges|
|It's cold out here....|
|...and there are wolves!|
I just realized, I have no photos of mile markers! I don't think there WERE mile markers, now that I think about it! (I think this is maybe halfway?) We had to cross another bridge, but it was a very tiny one, and it welcomed you to Clearwater Beach (which is different than just Clearwater, BTW).
|This was a tiny bridge compared to the Causeway|
|For some reason, I felt the need to take a photo of the Municipal Marina sign. You're welcome?|
|Tiny Clearwater Beach bridge, now via walking trail|
|Crossing from Clearwater Beach to Clearwater via pedestrian bridge|
|Good morning, sunshine!|
Also, at this point, another runner and I had been pacing each other for a few miles. He was maybe middle-age, and wearing really ugly shorts. Right before getting on the trail, I passed him (I seriously think he was looking for a bush to pee in, not even kidding).
The Causeway had a cool spiral exit ramp for the sidewalk, so I was able to make up some speed on the downhill. Unfortunately, so was Ugly Shorts, and he passed me at the end! Oh, hell, no, man! He was the ONE runner I thought I was going to beat!
|Wheeeeeeeeee! What I wouldn't give for a bike!|
|He was very close to having a wardrobe malfunction; his ding-dong was danglin'|
|What up, PoPo?|
|Own it, girl. You're last.|
|Yep, that's what the fuck I did|
|DLF wasn't not nearly as disheartening as I feared|
|Where is everybody? Out of range of the camera, checking results|
|I'd say I've made better, but this is what mine look like too|
|Enjoying the sunshine, watching the awards presentation|
|It's not tilted, so it's not artsy|
|It's Florida, dammit, why isn't it warm?|
|None of these were good, but you know I have food issues|
Anyway, after checking out some stores and grabbing a cute top at JCP, I hit the food court for some protein. My go to meal, if I can get it, has become Chick-fil-A nuggets and fries.
|Hello, 12 piece combo! Get in me belly!|
I ended up at mom's a bit earlier than 4 and she buzzed me up (she lives in a retirement condo).
|I feel the need to ride my Big Wheel down the hallway|
I think I left around 5ish, so I could get home at a decent time. She talked me into going up US-19, rather than go back to the interstate. I honestly only did it to say that I did it, so she would stop harping on it (she always says I should go that way), but I have to admit, I did like it better. It takes about the same amount of time, even though you may have to stop for red lights in small towns. It's also nice, just in case you need to stop for gas or munchies. So, yeah, mom was right on this one...
|Bear Crossing - a long standing family in-joke.|
|Okay, mom was right - this way IS easier and more peaceful.|
The next day, I checked out my goodie bag.
I was pissed, still, that they didn't even have a shirt in my size - I'd had to get a men's large, rather than the x-large I requested when signing up. It's a great shirt, but it won't fit me for a while.
|Long Sleeve tee with a honeycomb pattern to it. Nice, but the boobs don't fit in it.|
|I really love the medal|
Would I do it again? Maybe. I want to do it again, just to not be last. Is it high on my list for 2016? Not really.