Let’s recap the weekend, shall we?
Saturday I drove down to St. Pete to meet up w/ Sherry & Jenny. Sherry & I decided to get a hotel and have a little girls weekend. We stayed at the Magnuson Marina Cove. It’s located right before the Skyway off of 275. Very convenient location for us as it was only about 10 minutes to the race. It was also very reasonably priced at less than $100/night.
We met up at the hotel around 11, then headed downtown for some lunch. We wanted to eat an early lunch so that we could eat an early dinner, and get to bed at a decent hour. We ate at Central Café & Organics.I had the Southwest black bean special (wrap). I would definitely recommend this place if you are in the area.
We headed to the expo after lunch to pick up our race packets & see how much $$ we could spend. I was anticipating a huge crowd at the expo (which I don’t do well in) so I had a little anxiety over this expo. They had the expo @ the Trop, and for a nominal fee of $15 you could park at the Trop… These people are crazy. There is a TON of free parking in DT St. Pete – needless to say, we did not park @ the Trop. We actually parked by Central Café & walked the one mile to the Trop. good thing I wore my walkin’ shoes (no..actually I didn’t. bad idea).
why am I looking all crazy? jenny & sherry look normal.
I succeeded in spending more money than I should have. I bought THE STICK. I’ve been eyeing these for a while now, and since I had some cash to spend I decided to just go ahead and get one.
I also registered for the Florida Beach Halfathon. The race director, Chris, had a booth set up so I said Hi & then registered for the race.
Since I had some trouble with my IT band this week I wasn’t sure what I should do in regards to pacing. I wanted to PR, but I wasn’t sure my leg would let it happen.
On Friday my IT band was feeling okay, I didn’t have that uncomfortable feeling that I had for the majority of the week. On Saturday as we walked around DT St.Pete I didn’t have any discomfort, and when I rolled on the foam roller I didn’t feel the knots that had been there during the week. I decided that I would try to PR but if it didn’t happen, it was okay. I know it’s kind of silly that I have to tell myself it’s okay if I don’t PR, but If you recall the Women’s Half & that disaster & how upset I was.. A little “it’s okay” is good for my mental state.
60 cent socks from target. Cut the bottoms out and made thumb holes. Best arm warmers ever.
One of the bigger challenges of the race was figuring out what to wear. We got hit with a cold front on Friday that brought the temps down into the 30’s & 40’s. Not only were the temps low, the wind was harsh. I can handle cold temps, but the wind? That makes getting dressed a little more difficult. I finally decided on my Strider tank, arm sleeves, thin C9 capris & spandex shorts on top of the capris + gloves & ear warmers. To the start line I wore all of the above mentioned plus a long sleeve shirt, a jacket, & sweatpants. I stripped the sweatpants/jacket before we got into our corral and the l/s shirt went somewhere around mile 5.
I’m a fan of posting stupid pictures of yourself on the internet. I think it’s a good way for people to get to see the real you. The you that you’re friends know.
Jenny (& Glenna) picked us up at the hotel around 5:30 – We wanted to arrive early so we could beat the traffic into downtown. One of Jenny’s co-workers we super kind and let us park in her condo parking lot. It worked out perfectly, we were about 1/2 mile from the finish so we didn’t have to take the trolley back to The Top (which was another $15).
We hung out in Jane’s condo for a few minutes before making the trek over to the trop. After a not so quick potty break we headed to corral 2 and before we knew it the gun was sounding and we were off.
Unfortunately I wasn’t able to find Jackie or JM before the race so I was on my own for this 13.1 – I knew there would be bands at every mile, but I opted to wear my music instead.
The first 4 miles went by really quickly. I was just running along enjoying the scenery? No. We ran through some interesting parts of St.Pete..nothing all that interesting, or nice.
I took my first gel at 4.9. I really like those power bar green apple gels, they are tasty. I saw the Strider cheering section a few times along the way. I can’t remember what miles they were at but it’s always fun to have your own personal cheering section!
There were a few times when I looked @ my watch and saw some sub 8 paces and kind of freaked out. Whoa. A few times I saw some 8:05s and freaked out about that to. I didn’t have a particular pace in mind that I wanted to keep. I knew I had to keep anything under 8:20 to PR, and so that’s what I was doing. Anything under 8:20.
Somewhere around mile 6 my IT band started to bother me. I was really wondering if I’d be able to hang onto my pace. I told myself I could quit with the 8:05s and hang onto 8:15’s. 8:15’s would still get me a PR.
At mile 10, which is a make it or break mile for me, I told myself, “you can do this. you trained for this.” and I did train for this. Also at mile 10 was the 2nd set of brick streets. I can’t stress enough how much I hate these brick streets. They are really uneven, and just really hard on my knee.
mile 10..hideous brick streets
In mile 11 we made a turn that took us out towards Snell Isle. At this point we were heading out while other runners were heading back in. This gave me a chance to see some of the other members of my group! I love watching other people run by – so fun to see their faces, especially at mile 11. I was feeling really strong, and I hit my first sub 8 mile here.
I crossed the finish line feeling strong, but in some pain. My R knee was bothering me (ugh) & my R foot has some weird pain. I have no idea what is up with that. I’m currently icing but I’m quite frustrated with the foot pain. I know the knee pain will go away in a few days..but the foot? hmm. this is new.
I’m STOKED with my time. I couldn’t believe the clock when I crossed the finish line. My PR in December was 1:49:25 !! That’s a pretty decent chunk of change off that last PR.
Flo Rida was the headliner at the St.Pete RnR, but we were so cold that we didn’t stick around to see him perform. There was a bag check, but we didn’t use it since the car was fairly close to the finish. However, once we got back to the condo we decided we didn’t want to turn around & walk back to the finish area so we changed into warm clothes then headed to Cracker Barrel.
I know there were a few Striders with camera’s today, so I might have a few more pictures tomorrow.
I have no idea why there is a blue tint to the shirt.