Arggghhhh…. Who’s ready to run for the booty?!?
It’s officially Gasparilla weekend! Woo hoo!
Gasparilla will always hold a special place in my heart. The first year I ran it in 2009, Caitlin talked me into doing the ‘Bud Light Challenge’ where we ran the 15k and 5k on Saturday and the half marathon on Sunday. It was an insane weekend of running. Gasparilla was only my second half marathon ever and it was my first where I broke 2 hours. In 2010, I decided to up the level of the challenge and registered for the ‘Michelobe Ultra Challenge.‘ Just like the year before, I ran the 15k and 5k on Saturday, but instead of the half marathon on Sunday, I ran the full marathon distance. It was the last year the full was offered and it was a blast to be a part of the bon voyage race.
Unfortunately I had to miss out on Gasparilla in 2011 (it was the same weekend as the Princess Half Marathon) and I was *this close* to not registering this year. I ended up registering last minute as a back-up incase the St. Pete Rock ‘n’ Roll didn’t go as planned, but I’m really glad I took the plunge and registered. As soon as I stepped in the expo hall with Mary, it just felt right. This is a local, community fed race and I’m darn proud to be apart of such an awesome running community.
Mary and I hit the Gasparilla Expo after lunchtime, hoping to miss the evening crowds, but we had no such luck – this place was packed! I don’t even want to know what it’s going to be like when everyone gets off of work at 5:00. This is the largest race in Tampa Bay and attracts EVERYONE, especially for the 5k!
There will be no challenge for me this year (which makes me sad ) – just the half marathon on Sunday with my sister.
However, Mary will be rocking the challenge (which not includes FOUR races!). More power to her!
For a local race, Gasparilla always manages to put on a great expo. I recognized a lot of booths from the Princess Half Expo last weekend. I’m pretty sure they all just decided to chill in Central Florida for the week between the two and enjoy some beach time.
We found the mecca of free samples.
And even scored some gelato.
Totally worth waiting in line for.
Alright. I’m officially pumped for Sunday. Bring. It. On.
Before I met Mary at the expo, I had to quickly shovel some leftover quinoa in my mouth on my way out the door.
The quinoa was surprisingly filling thanks to the addition of carrots, asparagus, hummus, cheese, tomatoes, and salsa. I added the cheese while the quinoa was heating up on the stove and it made a cheesy-gooey mess that sort of melted in my mouth. Yum.
And, as I was leaving, Derek began teasing that he was going to eat the last slice of strawberry pie (which I had already claimed!) if it was still in the fridge during his break. Obviously I couldn’t let that happen.
Don’t mess with me and my pie.
The weekend is almost here!! Yay!