Gasparilla: Day Two

Did you miss my Gasparilla Surprise?

Before I get to Sunday’s extravaganzas I want to share Meghann’s and mine’s favorite pre-race dinner: Pizza!

Meghann came prepared and brought some whole wheat pizza dough from Publix to provide us with some awesome crusts!

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While Derek and Meghann played rollers I got started on chopping up the toppings for our pizza!  We had an assortment of vegetables including zucchini, onions, bell pepper, mushrooms, and tomatoes.


For some protein we had pre-marinated tempeh we picked up at Whole Foods earlier.


And we all ended up using the sundried tomato and basil pasta sauce for the base.  Super tasty!


My before:


And after!  I like my pizza cheeeeeeeselesssssss!


We ended the night early since we had a super early 4am wake up call!  But before that Meghann talked to Ashley at dinner and offered to run and pace her during the marathon!  This totally had me pumped they would have each other for company and some other shenanigans I had in mind…

I slept like a log from the previous day’s early wakeup but when 4am rolled around I was up and ready to go…only after Maddie jumped all over my face with excitement.

I had played with the thought of running with Meghann and Ashley for a bit of their marathon, but that would all depend on how I felt when I woke up. After walking around a bit and some stretching, I was ready to go!  No pain or tightness anywhere that wasn’t normal!  Yay!  Now the question was how much would I run…

In order to fuel for however long I was going to go for, I had 1/2 a whole wheat bagel with some chunky almond butter and a banana.  My favorite pre-race fuel!


It was still a bit chilly going out that early so I added an extra long sleeve running top over my tank top for warmth!  It was perfect!

We came prepared this time by making sure there was cash for the parking garage and nothing to check in to the bag check.  Thank goodness for Derek being the awesome spectator!  We headed straight to the starting line and low and behold it was super long…making us wait 5.30 min to get to the official start!


But we sure were ready!


I decided as we drove there I would run with them on the first loop (6.2 miles, or 10k) of the course which goes over to Davis Island where all the super duper nice houses are!

When we headed over to the island we had to run on an overpass and because there were so many runners we got bottlenecked and came to a dead STOP.  I swear there was a swear word coming out of every runners mouth at the point but within a bit the runner mass started to move and expand out over to the island.

It was still a bit dark so we couldn’t see too many of the houses, but when it got light enough Meghann, Ashley and I reminisced about which home we would want, and what we would do with all the rooms…like fill it with furniture or our best buds (each other!!!)

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We headed back over the bridge just as the sun came up and enjoyed the scenery as we headed back into the downtown area.

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All the while I was seriously considering running the entire 1/2 Marathon but knew that I hadn’t trained for something that long and had been injured, so I decided to stop running at the 7 mile point, but not before passing Derek at the 10k point!


So when 7 miles was displayed I jumped off the course and waved good bye to the girls!  I was so sad to leave the girls but I knew they would do great!


I had actually run away from Derek at that point and had to run back to him, which was about a mile away.

After all that running you can bet that I was hungry for some food!  I brought along some snacks and had an apple and this super tasty Odwalla Bar:


I have had the peanut one, and even though I am not an almond fan, omg this bar is AMAZING!  I cannot wait until I find these on sale so I can stock up!!!

After another hour the girls finally came around the corner just past the 12 mile marker, ready and willing to smile for the camera!  Woohoo!!!


Derek and I had some time to kill, just over two hours, so since we were pretty cold and tired, we walked for a bit to a Starbucks and got some coffee for Derek and hot water for me.  Best way to warm up my body!

We camped out and played on our phones for a while near the finish and actually ended up taking a very short nap, well at least I did.  I think I fell asleep against a cement wall for about 10 minutes.  It was just enough to reenergize me but enough to make me groggy and sluggish afterwards!  Pretty funny!

We headed over to the finish to get our spots for photos and eventually saw Meghann heading down the strip!  Look at that woman go!  So strong!


Such an inspiring friend!  I still can’t believe she ran a 15k, 5k and full Marathon within a 36 hr period!!!  She is so strong, physically and mentally!  I can’t wait until I’m totally up to par and can do this myself one day!!!


After Meghann crossed without Ashley I figured she would be a bit behind her and headed off a bit down the course to get her.  I didn’t see her, and kept going until I could find her…but she was no where in sight!  I got about a mile down the course and waited near a water stand so I could encourage her to finish strong!

Check out this woman!  Just as strong as Meghann!  Can you believe this was the third marathon for both of these girls!!!  They rock!!!


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They both finished strong and I couldn’t have been more proud to be their spectator!

We were all starving by the time they both finished and while waiting Derek and I fished through to find a brunch place after the race!  After reading some reviews we decided on J. Christophers for some grub!!!

The girls were excited about pancakes and something other than fruit or oatmeal, but I was looking more forward to the eggs!  I love them for any meal!

I went with the Goddess Omelette which included egg whites, spinach, tomato, onion and mushrooms with a dry English muffin and some home fries.


You can bet I cleared off my plate.

As soon as we finished I headed back to pack up and hit the road for my long (4+ hr) journey back to Miami. 

I’m exhausted and have to work tomorrow!  I can only imagine how these girls feel!!  I bet they’re more zonked than me though!

Congrats again to Meghann and Ashley!!!

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13 Responses to Gasparilla: Day Two

  1. moretolifethanlettuce says:

    i just bought that exact same AB. nom. congrats to the girls! aw melissa i'm so glad you're getting out there and being social, you're an inspiration :)

  2. brandi says:

    what an awesome weekend!!! congrats on your races, and that's so great that you were there to support and run along side your friends :)

  3. jenngirl says:

    Looks like y'all had a great weekend! And I think it's pretty cool that you ran part of the marathon with them, you are a great friend ;)

    Hope your Monday morning is going smoothly!

  4. From Here to There. In Purple. says:

    Mmm, the pizza looks SOO good– I also love mine cheeseless :)

    Hope you're able to have a mindful Monday (yes, I'm loving alliterations)
    xo bec

  5. Meghann says:

    I had so much fun this weekend! Thanks for making the drive up and running with us this weekend! You did awesome girlie! :)

  6. K from ksgoodeats says:

    Congrats to all three of you!! Sounds like a fun time with the bloggies :)

  7. Krista says:

    What a GREAT weekend, Melissa!!!

  8. Amanda - RunToTheFinish says:

    i'm so glad you had a great weekend and your leg is really feeling great! i am amazed you were able to run so much, that rocks!

  9. Jessica @ The Process of Healing says:

    Congrats girl!!! 7 miles is awesome, especially after the two races the day before. You rock! And I also cannot WAIT to be able to do what Meghann did… her recap of the race just made me want to go outside and RUN. One day… one day. It's nice to have goals, right?
    P.S. LOVE those Odwalla bars!! Isn't that flavor amazing?

  10. dailygoods says:

    you are awesome girl! congrats on the race! you look like youre having so much fun :) i love it

  11. ktbwood says:

    aww CONGRATS on your race love! you are such an inspiration for everybody!! HOME MADE PIZZA-bomb dot com

  12. Katie says:

    Congrats on your race! I'm glad you listened to your body and stopped after 7 miles but still supported your friends. Seems like a pretty fabulous weekend!

  13. lovinlosing says:

    Ya'll are all awesome!

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