Gasparilla Surprise!

Wow, I did not expect my weekend to start off with such a BOOM!

So, after waking up in the middle of the night and trying to fall back asleep, but only being able to think about the races Meghann was going to run today, I juggled with the idea of running the 15k with her in the morning.  It felt more like a dream as I fell back asleep.

Then somehow after our 5am wake up and chit chatting, it came up that I would still be able to register on race day for all the races.  What fool!?  I figured for a race series like this, being so popular, I wouldn’t be able to do such a thing.  Alas, we headed out the door early to get to the convention center with me praying I’d be able to make the $40 registration in time!  But before we left I had 1/2 a whole wheat bagel w/ natural pb and a small apple with some extra pb.  It was the closest I could get to my usual pre-race food!

I shot off to the registration booth and voila!  Registration was still open and I could run the race!  $40 later, with a bib and race tag in hand, I was registered for the Gasparilla 15k!


I was one of the cool kids who registered late, and therefore got a nice RED X though my bib…it was so I didn’t get a medal at the end, since mine is being mailed to me at my home!  So exciting!


After getting our bags checked in we headed over to the start line!

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As you can see, it was a bit cold for me as a morning run (mid 40’s), hence the long sleeved shirt.


But Meghann went balls out and wore a tank top!  I’m too much of a wimp to do that!


And we’re off!

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The course was mostly along the Bayside which was kinda entertaining…but I was too busy people watching to really notice!


The whole race went really well; I was trying to pace Meghann so she wouldn’t go too fast since she still had a 5k to run afterwards, and then a Marathon tomorrow!  We ran along at a nice 9.15 pace for most of the race!  Although, I was really excited about how my knee felt!  I knew I was probably pushing buttons running with it unsure of it being 100%, but I just couldn’t stand around and wonder “What if?”

As soon as we left the bayside we came around the corner and could see the finish line!  Meghann yelled, “Sprint!” and I screamed as I made my legs go as fast as they could!

We crossed the finish line at 1.26.35!  That is an average 9.14 min pace and couldn’t have felt better! 

My knee stuck it out the whole time, as did my body, and I was ecstatic over finishing it (since I had originally decided not to run any of these races after my knee injury just before the Miami Half Marathon.)

Meghann was kind enough to let me borrow her medal so I could have a finishers photo after we were all done:

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We shot out of the finishers shoot to get back to the finish line and see Derek cross in his first 15k ever and a new PDR!


Such a great race for all of us!!!

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We headed back to the convention center to grab our stuff, along with some extra clothes since we were freezing and Meghann still had to run a 5k!  While we walked we snacked on these apple packages Publix was handing out.


While we tried to warm up, I decided to run the 5k with her too!  Call me mad, but I couldn’t pass up the opportunity! 

We headed back to the start line just 45 minutes after finishing the 15k and bared the crowds and RAIN. Ugg, it totally started to rain.

Do we look miserable or what?  Cold, wet and tired!

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But check out all the people in front of us!  I mean really?!  Umbrellas in the start corral!  That’s madness!


As you can tell, it was going to take us a bit to get up to the start…EIGHT MINUTES!!!  We just laughed as we knew we were just going to chill the entire race and jog/walk it when needed.

And off we go!


We jogged most of the race at just over an 11 min pace!  We enjoyed watching all the other runners and taking our time.  I even made friends and helped encourage a young girl to keep going by cheering her on!  I hope she finished well!

We finished off the race at 35.27 and felt pretty exhausted afterwards!  If anything, I was HUNGRY!!!  After not eating breakfast since like, 5.30am I was starving after those 20km and all the extra walking!

But we all finished strong! Meghann finished with two medals and one more to get tomorrow, Derek with a new PDR and me…two races in one day?  Unless you count my two legs from the Wild West Relay last summer at two races?!


Meghann and I are rockstars!  Two a days, within like, 3 hrs!  Yay!!!


Right after we finished we shot off to the car and headed for the heat and water!  We drove home in a frenzy to get to showers and hot water to warm our insides!  I ended up snacking on a small banana and some crunchy almond butter while I waited to leave!

After cleaning up we headed out to lunch at Datz with Ashley!  I was excited to try a new place and get some good tasting food in my very empty and hungry belly!


I love blogger get togethers, I get the most fun pictures!

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I am a huge fan of breakfast foods when I go out to eat, so how could I pass up an omelet for lunch!  I decided on the Jack’s Shrooms for my meal.


I didn’t get the optional cheese on my omelet, subbed in egg whites and got my toast served dry.  Look at how stellar this meal is! 


I was hungry, so i devoured every single morsel.  Obviously.


It was so great to finally get to sit down and talk to Ashley!  I’ve seen her once when we had a meet up before the Disney Marathon at the beginning of January when I came out from California, but didn’t really get to talk to her!  Ya for blogger friends!!!!


And of course I couldn’t come all the way up here and not get some frozen yogurt!  I mean, I live for this stuff when I’m at home, so I had to get some in Tampa knowing it was here and can never find any in Miami.


Chocolate fro yo to make some very happy taste buds…nom nom.

Now I’m chill’n out and going to get ready to make some homemade pizza for tonight’s dinner!

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23 Responses to Gasparilla Surprise!

  1. Dori says:

    You are so awesome for deciding to do the races last minute! Also, I love how 9:15 is pacing slow for you — that would be a sprint for me!

  2. moretolifethanlettuce says:

    how spontaneous of you!! that is AWESOME, totally admire that! you look so cute! choc froyo is the best way to celebrate :)

  3. Meghann says:

    You rocked it today! So glad to have a such a crazy friend!!

  4. mgaltier says:

    Congrats!!! That is so impressive! All I did today was Pilates and Sculpt classes.

    Oh, and I ate 1/2 an avocado, today, too. I also used to fear the fats but have learned how much better I feel when I have some, usually nuts or avocado, with every meal.

    And thank you for being brave enough to share so much of yourself with us out here in blogland. You have provided more inspiration than you can possibly know.


  5. cw and jrw says:

    congrats! so glad the knee held up. :)

  6. Krista says:

    Melissa, I am SO proud of you!!! What a bang up job on BOTH races! (((HUGS)))

  7. Erica says:

    awwwwwwww congrats! What a fun filled day of running & fabulous eats! Great job

  8. Jessica @ The Process of Healing says:

    Congrats again on today! You go girl!!!
    Fro yo looks AWESOME!!! Can you tell i'm jealous? hehe

  9. Maddi says:

    Hi! My name is Maddi and I recently started following your blog. That run looked like a lot of fun! I love running, but where I live there isn't cool runs like that. You are lucky! :) Glad you had fun. btw, you are beautiful and you seem like a really neat person. :)

  10. Caronae says:

    Awesome job! I'm so happy your knee is feeling better. I love treating myself to froyo after a long run :)

  11. runsarah says:

    Congrats, how fun!! Looks like an amazing day – I love spontaneity. Two races in one day? Rockstar girl!

  12. Thinspired says:

    OH my gosh! What a fun spontaneous decision! Looks like you girls had so much fun! I love the action shots of you both running.
    Congrats, Melissa! :)

  13. christie, honoring health says:

    Congratulations, girl, that is awesome!

  14. jenngirl says:

    I'm so excited for you! This sounds like an awesome start to the weekend! Congrats to all three of you for running some great races, and I hope you guys have a blast today too! :)

  15. Anonymous says:

    Hi Melissa,
    I am so worried about you. You seem like such a nice girl but I really don't think you should be doing all this running with a bum knee and an ED in pretty much full force. Now I just saw on twitter that you ran ANOTHER 7.5 miles this morning. Please take care of yourself. r

  16. Meredith (Pursuing Balance) says:

    Yay! Congrats!

  17. jewel@fit-and-fabulous-jewel says:

    Sounds like you had a great weekend with tons of fun!

    Congrats on your two races!!! You really do rock!

  18. Christine (The Raw Project) says:

    Awesome race, not sure I could do that last minute without training, that rocks!

  19. Jessie says:

    Nicely done! I'm o impressed that you ran two races in one day :O And rainy cold, too. I'll remember this next time I don't feel like going outside for a run – inspiration! :)

  20. Jeri says:

    yay great job love! it would be so hard for me to just spectate as well, kudos for jumping in and kicking some butt. :)

  21. Natalie Rae says:

    Your race day post made me smile! I how great it is to have days like that- especially when you have been struggling a bit- so awesome for you!! Congrats!

  22. Trying To Heal says:

    Anon: Thank you for your concern, but I think you are seeing this out of proportion. I am not in the middle of a full fledged eating disorder; what you perceive that as is just one bad day i had last week. I am not like that all the time, hardly ever at all. I discussed it on my post The Perfect Example.

    and as far as my knee goes, i have taken time off and am taking care of the problem. i vowed this weekend to take it easy and if my knee hurt i would stop. i know when to not overdue it and stop when i'm in pain. and i did, i stopped when i started to hurt, even at a little bit.

    thanks for your concern, but really, everything is not as bad as you think.

  23. Katie says:

    Lordy lordy, you really ARE a rockstar, Melissa!!! I love that you just went for it. Congratulations!

    Thank you so much for all of your knee advice… I have a date with my ice pack tonight :-)

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