I had a GREAT weekend, and I hope you did too! This weekend was one of those where you just feel very fortunate for all that you have and for those that surround you.
There’s lot to catch up on, so let’s get to the ReCUP…
I was in Ocala all day for work, and left there a little later than I had hoped for, so by time I made it to the (Gasparilla) expo, I had like 10 minutes to browse. Luckily, Mandy was nice enough to pick up my bib and goodies!
I had a very important date, and was not going to be late. Meb and Shalane were in town for the race festivities, and were the guests of honor for a dinner benefitting Moffitt Cancer Center.
It was such an incredible experience getting to meet both of them. They are both super nice and down to earth.
As we were standing in line to get Meb’s autograph, I look over and it’s Mr. Bart Yasso! As if I wasn’t already starstruck enough…
Bart and I go way back… to November 2015 when I did his shakeout run and he commented on my Instagram photo. 😉
The dinner itself was quite tasty, and I was in great company, so it made for a pretty remarkable evening.
I slept in a bit and then headed over to my parents house to say hi to Smokey and to get in a shakeout run. I opted for 3 miles; I got a bit of a late start, so it was a warmer part of the day. As soon as I got back, I dipped my legs in the nice and cool pool.
I relaxed as much as I could, before our Spaghetti Warehouse dinner reservation. It was an awesome dinner with some great running buddies. The Boy and I split the ultimate feast for two. I always enjoy that option!
Back home, I got Flat Amanda all prepped and ready to go before doing a last minute foam roll session.
For not being a Disney race, I felt the race had a very early start time (6:00), but at this time of year the weather can be unpredictable.
I’ll do a full race recap later in the week, but I will say that the corrals were nowhere near as congested as the Gasparilla 5k I did last year.
Going into the race I had a few goals in mind. 1) To have fun and finish with a smile, 2) to run a 2:20, 3) to run a 2:30.
I don’t like to put too much pressure on myself time-wise. Not yet at least. But, I wanted a 2:20, would have been happy with a 2:30, and really needed it to be under 2:45.
It was a great race, and I felt strong throughout the duration of it.
I finished in 2:26 and could not be more happy with it!
As soon as I finished though my belly started to hurt and cramp up. And, it stayed like that for a few hours. I tried eating breakfast, but it wasn’t the easiest thing to do.
I felt a bit better after I napped, but I couldn’t seem to get comfy. I actually feel like I am more sore after this race than I was my last (full) marathon. Crazy how that works out!
The Gasparilla Half got me to 200 miles for the year.
The Boy and I went out for dinner to celebrate my Beastmode-ness. Smokey Bones nachos, pulled pork sandwich, and warm donuts. I’ll resume all nutrition tomorrow. 😉
With a 3:30 AM wake-up call, I’m pooped and am off to bed. Have a great night!
Question of the day
What was the high and low of your weekend?