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After a stop at Circle K for some caffeine (which I drank hardly any of...), I had an uneventful drive to the BestBet in Orange Park. At first I thought I was going to have to park a ways away, but I ended up in a great spot about 10 cars away from the start line - score!
It's chilly this morning, only about 53º, but that means that I won't be dying at the end of the race, so I was okay with it (of course, I stayed huddled in my car as long as possible!)
|Hey, it's cold for FLORIDA!|
|Start Line Area|
|Put some PERM on yo' attitude!|
We all made our way to the start line, and as I tried to pair my headphones with my iPod, I discovered they were dead! Luckily, I always carry backups, so I plugged those in.
|Hanging out at the Starting Line|
I realized that the course would take me directly past my car, so I had my earbuds ready to toss in the trunk.
|My car is about 6 behind that van|
|Beautiful day for a race|
The route also goes by an Assisted Living Facility, and it was nice to see these two lovely ladies out to cheer on the runners.
|Thanks for coming out to cheer us on!|
The course is an out and back, so we went out... now we're coming back.
|Yep, gettin' beat by a mom in a stroller|
There is no hope at this point of any PR. I didn't expect there to be one. I've not been training very well. Or eating very well. Or taking care of myself in general. I've become apathetic, and I don't know what my problem is.
|If I make it under 53 I'll be happy|
I rounded the corner and was completely MEH about my time. My official time was 50:58 (pace of 16:24). I was 31st out of 39 in my age group, and 337th out of 423 total runners, so I beat 86 people. I got leid at the finish line, and then leid again (the multicolor ones are mine). Too many leis!
|I got leid so many times!|
After the race, I hit up the snack table. I got a few granola bars, some water and a few pieces of candy.
|They always have a GREAT spread!|
On the way over the river, there were these crazy low clouds. I had no idea what the heck was going on, but they looked ominous!
|This... doesn't seem normal|
|This... seems even less normal|
I picked up some new work shirts for hubby, a cute pair of Clarks Delana Verro sandals, a new skort and a few tops. I grabbed lunch at the food court - a 12-piece nugget and water from Chick-fil-A and a medium queso and chips from Moe's. Not a bad lunch for under $10! I walked around the mall, looking in a few other stores (Charming Charlie and H&M). I successfully avoided buying junk food at Cinnabon and the cookie store - yay me! I ran out of time to hit up Old Time Pottery, so I went over to Party City.
Seriously - what the hell is up with the sky? Is Vigo coming?
|Okay, I'm pretty sure this isn't normal|
|Bonus points if you get the reference!|
|One of my most favoritest memes ever!|
Before going to Party City, I stopped in to a place called Five Below. We have a new one in our city, but I've not been able to get there yet, so I was curious what it was.
To me, it struck me as a Dollar Tree on meth. It was bad. Messy as hell. Dirty as hell. Trashy merchandise. I would classify it as "the store that whores get their yoga pants and home decor from."
|$6.99, chipboard. Still hanging on my office door as of February 2018|
|$3.99 car magnet, began fading after TWO WEEKS!!!|
|$6.99 velcro cape; good quality for what you pay|