So, if you recall, at the end of last month, I was injured in the process of kicking ass and taking names in a RAD Fight Night. I ran the Best Damn Race in Orlando on an injured calf and have been babying it since then. I felt about 98% better when I woke up this morning, so I felt okay to run today.
I got up and dressed, but wasn't able to eat anything, and I've learned by now to not even try. I brought something with me to eat in the car.
We were all up and ready to go around 5:45 - I left extra early to avoid any issues, like last year (oh, how I was so mad at that dead battery!).
Jax has crazy exits, and after getting on I-95, our exit was rightthere, and there was no way in hell we were going to be able to get over in time. Luckily, this happened to me when I was here for a previous race, so I knew that I could go up to exit 353-C and hop onto State Street (this saves a lot of time and hassle, too).
|The RED line is our "shortcut" to avoid traffic craziness|
I found a great spot, right near the stadium, next to some construction fences. However, it was near a bad parker; the bad parker took up a third of the space next to me, which wouldn't allow space for anyone to park there. It looked like there would be room, but if you pay attention to the lines on the ground, it would be way too tight. So, I took advantage of this and left my door wide open. Oh, so many people driving by giving me the stink-eye for taking up a supposedly empty parking spot. We even had a few people try to park there, but give up and leave. It was actually pretty entertaining.
|Really close to the stadium - just on the wrong side of it!|
|I'm the blue car - sure seems like there'd be enough room between me and the car on the right, right?|
|Nope, He's a good FOOT over the line with his right tires|
The Pre-Race/Expo area was busy as usual, but we were able to thread our way to the Expo Hall. We walked past all the Waves, so that was helpful.
|Welcome! It's crazy busy in here!|
|I don't need to pee this badly|
|Even if I ever get super-speedy, I may stay in Wave 3 simply because it's PURPLE!|
|Picking up my Pint Glass and Shirt (You can see the shirt on the lady to the left, in the shorts)|
|I bib-stalked him - he finished 2:27:53|
|Happy walking with some bits of jogging thrown in!|
|I don't drink coffee, but I can get caffeine from soda, and I do think it helps!|
|See you in about 3 hours!|
|I sure hope they move those before runners come through!|
I was able to bull (get it, moo, cow, bull?) my way through the crowd, which was HUGE! This wave alone houses 6 THOUSAND people.
|I don't think that chick in the pink is happy to be in my shot|
With much more room to move around, I was able to walk around, stretch and take advantage of the potties here.
|Such a glamorous background for a Start Selfie!|
|They don't hurt... yet...|
|There are a LOT of bodies in this area|
|Oh, hello, servicemen! Those are some gorgeous legs!|
Finally, about 10 minutes after the elites took off, our wave was moving.
|Almost out of the cowpen|
|"C'mon, there's a whole other wave behind you"|
We headed up East Bay Street, past the Maxwell House plant, which always smells SO good in the morning!
|The best part of wakin' up...|
|is one lonely factory worker stalking you from behind a fence!|
|I wonder where she finished?|
|Heh... I guess if Michigan can have "The Hand", Jax can have an "Elbow"|
I made it to Mile 1, right before the bridge. Many pollworkers were spectating outside the Supervisor of Elections office - early voting was going on, for the presidential primary. (Fair disclosure: I'm a Cruz Girl.)
|I did wonder why there were no voters there - probably too early in the morning?|
I caught up with Betty and the Waves, but they were on point with their intervals and eventually pulled ahead of me.
|Betty's in the white hat. I think the male belongs to the other lady in the back with the black socks.|
|Here we come!|
|Even if we went DIRECTLY to the bridge, it's still pretty far away!|
|Oooh, upside-down action shot!|
|Mile 2! 20% done!|
|I love these, but a package is almost $3! Too rich for me.|
|Hey?!! Where's the chocolate store!|
|Is it just me, or do these low-slung booty shorts' waistband make the girls look swayback? Not sexy at all.|
|Thanks for cheering, random Antique Store owner!|
|Mile 3! 30% done!|
|33.3333333% Done! 10k to go!|
|(Or, they spelled it correctly? Maybe there's a line from Finland up there!)|
|Knock, knock.... give me some water!|
|Yeah, I do!|
|Jesus, only Mile 4? 40% done!|
|Icy cold paper towel|
|This shot is quintessential Gate River Run - spectators make it an EVENT|
|God Bless America, and Thank You to our Servicemen!|
|Just some dude sitting on TOP of his truck - not in the bed... Carry on!|
|Hey look, it's Betty!|
|Always a log-jam at this area|
|Mile 5! Over halfway done!!!!|
|To these men with hot legs, I SALUTE you!|
|I generally don't like purified water, but I'm not gonna turn down free water during a race!|
|So many smudges on this photo!|
Mile 6 was right off of Atlantic, on Homesdale.
|Mile 6! 60% Done!|
|The only time of year he has permission to spray people with a hose!|
|66.666666% done! Just a 5k to go!!!|
There was a cute senior couple in this area and they were giving out jelly beans, but they vastly underestimated how many runners there were, so they could only 'afford' to give out two to each of us. The sugar was helpful.
|Yummy, my two least favorite color jelly beans|
Many people in this neighborhood turned on their sprinklers for us. Again, stoopid-hot and greatly appreciated!
|Marco Rubio for President? No, but I wouldn't mind a Cruz/Rubio ticket!|
|Hose Lady is back at it!|
|So. Much. Liquor!|
|You go on with your bad self - hope you don't chafe or get a sunburn!|
|Thank you for spelling "cemetery" correctly|
|I'm not sure what their theme was this year, but they had 'Beer Sips' for everyone|
|Mile 7! 70% Done!|
|You can't really see the bridge because of my Boppers, but it's there!|
|Trump crossing the Deleware with an albino baby and FDR? I'm so confused...|
|Cute Super Mario reference (also, it seems to be hot out here...)|
|Look at those 14 chins and all the people behind me!|
|It says 1600m, trust me|
|Top o' the Monster, ma!|
|.75 miles to go! (3 laps)|
|How you doin' Race DJ?|
|1/2 mile left (2 laps) - Walking Sticks is still in front of me!|
|Mile 9!!!! .3 Miles to go!!!!|
|400m to go!!! ONE lap on a track!!!|
I can see the chute from here, I'm so ready to finish!
|Here I come, where's my medal!|
I got my medal and my bottle of water then limped over to where the family waited. Well, where Hubby waited - apparently they had left my 'post-race' bag in the car, and Hubby had sent the Kiddo to go get it. When she got there, I'd already had my official finisher pic done and made my way out of the chute and was able to put on my flip-flops and drink my still-way-frozen Power Ade (soooo glad it was still mostly frozen!).
|Hubby said the Boppers made it easy to spot me in the crowd and I should keep wearing them|
Instead of walking around a mall, we headed towards a local movie theatre to see Deadpool. Yep, again. The Kiddo, after hearing us talk about it since Gasparilla, was open to seeing it, despite the R rating and gory parts. Hubby didn't mind seeing it for the third time, and I dind't mind seeing it for the second (I just love Ryan Reynolds).
I changed clothes at the theatre, and had the forethought to bring in a blanket this time - this theatre had reclining chairs too!
Our concession experience was much better than Tampa, too! Fresh popcorn (though, they were stiff on the butter and salt) and Coke Freestyle machines!
|Capitalism at it's best! Captive purchasers forced to pay or do without|