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I don't remember when I got the email, but sometime between March and January, we all got an email that the course was changing from previous years, due to construction at EverBank Field. Also changing would be the start/finish line, which was moved to the Jacksonville Landing. Ugh... parking around that area is terrible! That bummed me out, but I dealt with it, spending the few days before scoping out Google Maps so I knew what I was in for.
Early Saturday morning, flying solo, I hit the road. I left early to ensure that I could find a parking spot, but my ETA was crazy early!
|I'll be there over 75 minutes early!|
|Where I parked|
|Love the shirt - it's nice and soft - but it won't fit|
|55º at 6am is good! Should get warmer!|
|This was in the alley I walked through to get to the start line area|
|There are crowds clustering around the Start Line area|
|Most of us were smart and stayed inside the Landing|
|This is probably about 50-60 people waiting for a two-seater Ladies Room|
|Awards area and PR Bell|
|Pretty! (And I don't have to run over it this time!)|
|How I feel before caffeine|
|I'm a winner, every day|
|Welp... so much for that can of soda|
|This is actually a pretty good selfie!|
Luckily I made it (you can see me run in from the left at about 48sec), and I got my Garmin up and running while I was walking. Phew!!!
As usual, when a 5k and 10k start together, it's always crowded with people, which gives me a false sense of hope that I won't be pulling up the rear.
|Do. Not. Walk. Like. This. If you have a group, move the hell over!|
|Good to the last drop!|
|There's usually so many bodies here!|
|Turn around, just after Mile 1|
|Heading back towards the Landing|
|Look at that beautiful car, parallel parked so well!|
|All right, here we go|
|It's deceptively easy-looking... but it's not|
|Head down, knees up, we've made it to Mile 3|
|Okay, 2/3 of the way done. I can't feel my fingers!|
|There's still people in front of me, yay!|
|So. Very. Dreary.|
|I saw a train go by and actually use this trestle thingy!|
|Stop putting locks on the fence, idiots! Why do people do that?!?|
|And I didn't even puke coming off the round-about|
|This is the boat owned by the Jaguars Team owner|
|Points for spirit fingers!|
|So many chins...|
|Is that guy puking?|
|This guy had an Adidas tracksuit for his bulldog!|
|I'm so white...|
|The one on the bottom is my favorite|
|Much better medal selfie|
|I hate winter.|
My first stop was WaWa, both to change out of my freezing, sweaty clothes, and to get some gas and a cup of hot chocolate. I've never gotten hot chocolate at WaWa and I was pleased to see that they had all sorts of creamers and add-ins (okay, they were mostly for coffee, but still...) - they had a canister of little mini-marshmallows, and something called 'vanilla powder.' Both were excellent additions to my cocoa, and for a buck plus tax, it was a great deal!
|It was a dollar!|
|I drank the hell out of this on my way to lunch|
It was a very quiet drive, once I got off the interstate, and after a little while, it got freakily empty.
|Don't get me lost, Garmin|
|Seriously, where the hell am I?|
I made it to the restaurant, which was nothing like I expected. It's 90% seafood market (with some gorgeous selections!) and 10% restaurant. It only had about 5 tables inside and a bunch outside. I saw that they had patio heaters and roll-down plastic curtain thingies, so I chanced sitting outside.
The view, on a warmer and clearer day, would be awesome, but today, it was still cold, bleak, and dreary. I picked a table as close to a patio heater as possible, but I still froze my ass off. I'll know better for next time.
|Which one of these is The Jenny?|
I went with the combo of fried scallops and fried shrimp (Mayport shrimp, of course!), which came with fries and hush puppies for $17. It's served with coleslaw, house sauce and either tartar or cocktail sauce for dipping.
|Scallops, shrimp, crinkle fries (meh), house sauce, tartar sauce, cole slaw (meh) and lemon|
On my way out, I stopped at the beachy area lining A1A (Beachfront Avenue!) and took a few photos. It was extremely blustery, so I couldn't take too much of the cold, but I got a good couple of photos.
|The water really is THAT blue. It was beautiful.|
|It's artsy cuz it's tilted|
I spent a lot of time looking at dressers. Hopefully in the next few months, we're going to be upgrading our queen-size innerspring mattress to a king-size memory foam bed, which means we'll need to adjust for the extra 16 inches of width. I've been using an old desk I got at the Salvation Army about 15 years ago for a nightstand, and I want to upgrade to something better, like a small dresser, so that I'll have a nicer looking nightstand, but still get a lot of storage. I'm thinking a MALM is what I want.
|I want this MALM, but in white|