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We Run for the Booty

by Meghann on March 2, 2012

Arggghhhh…. Who’s ready to run for the booty?!? ;)

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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. :)

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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!

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There will be no challenge for me this year (which makes me sad :( ) – just the half marathon on Sunday with my sister.

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However, Mary will be rocking the challenge (which not includes FOUR races!). More power to her!

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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. :)

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We found the mecca of free samples.

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And even scored some gelato.

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Totally worth waiting in line for. ;)

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Alright. I’m officially pumped for Sunday. Bring. It. On. :)

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Before I met Mary at the expo, I had to quickly shovel some leftover quinoa in my mouth on my way out the door.

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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.

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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.

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Don’t mess with me and my pie. ;)

The weekend is almost here!! Yay!

Psst… I updated the Wedding Page in preparation for our engagement photos on Saturday.;)

{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Krissy @ Shiawase Life March 2, 2012 at 3:56 pm

I love that the bag is a Publix tote! I miss shopping there!!!

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2 Caroline @ After Dinner Dance March 2, 2012 at 3:58 pm

The name board is so neat!

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3 Cait's Plate March 2, 2012 at 4:06 pm

I can’t wait for my first running expo!!! They always look so great when you feature them! GOOD LUCK!

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4 Christie March 2, 2012 at 4:14 pm

Awesome expo! Good luck for your race!! :)

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5 Lindsay @ Running the Windy City March 2, 2012 at 4:21 pm

Ahh gelato at an expo? That’s amazing!

I’m going to have to read your challenge posts, I’m most likely going to sign up for the Goofy Challenge in Disney next year and could use some tips for race weekend :)

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6 Jennifer March 2, 2012 at 4:21 pm

That quinoa looks great. What a healthy, yummy lunch.

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7 Michelle March 2, 2012 at 5:09 pm

Yay!! Can’t wait!! I loooooove Gasparilla. Hoping to see you and Kelly there!

There better be some gelato when Paula and I get there tomorrow. Don’t eat it all :)

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8 Alaina March 2, 2012 at 5:27 pm

Good luck on the race this weekend!! You are a racing machine! How are your legs feeling? :-)

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9 Katy (The Singing Runner) March 2, 2012 at 6:01 pm

You must have been at the expo just before me! Hope to see you Sunday, if I survive the two races tomorrow! ;)

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10 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats March 2, 2012 at 6:02 pm

That race expo looks awesome! I always seem to sign up for smaller races, or very new races and haven’t had a cool expo yet!

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11 Annette @ EnjoyYourHealthyLife March 2, 2012 at 6:03 pm

YAH for your name on the board! ANd go friend (forgot her name) doing all 4 races–WOW.

YAH for engagements soon!!

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12 chelsey @ clean eating chelsey March 2, 2012 at 6:30 pm

I can’t wait to see the engagement shoot photos!!!

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13 Melissa @TryingtoHeal March 2, 2012 at 6:36 pm

Ahhh….I remember when I ran the races with you in 2010!!! It was so cold and drizzly! But fun of course! I wish we had something like that out in CA!

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14 Allison March 2, 2012 at 8:13 pm

The Mark Anderson in front of your name is a friend of mine :-)

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15 Josie @ happycorredora.com March 2, 2012 at 9:59 pm

What an awesome expo! Cool green bags and icecream – score! Good luck for your race :)

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16 Jenn March 2, 2012 at 10:02 pm

Good Luck on Sunday!
I went first thing in the morning and the crowd was pretty steady. Gasparilla defines Tampa. I don’t think I will ever miss this event.

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17 Sara@RunningInPinkProject March 4, 2012 at 11:16 am

Ohhh I cant wait to participate in that next year. Looks so fun!

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18 Carly Thurman March 5, 2012 at 11:04 am

This race looks so fun! Looks like something fun for next year!

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19 Abby March 6, 2012 at 10:26 pm

I always wondered about this race. What is a +K?!

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