Thanksgiving week pictorial

December 6, 2013 at 12:11 pm

So much happened, but it was so last month. I need to get with December! But first, I have to get November out of the way…quick and dirty.

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Cya.

Spectating the Women’s Running Half Marathon St. Pete 2013

December 5, 2013 at 11:36 am

The Sunday before Thanksgiving the boys and I got up at 5:30 in the morning for race day, dedicated Women’s Half Marathon spectators that we are. I ran the Women’s Half in 2011, and last year the boys and I spectated. Since it was my first half marathon I am very sentimental about it and knew that I wanted to spectate again this year. When I saw that my friends at Best Damn Race were putting together a cheer squad at a prime location I decided that we would join them.

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Their cheer squad spot was right in front of the Comfort Station at the base of The Pier.

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What a luxury to be stationed right next to a real bathroom at a race!

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The Best Damn Race had assembled quite the cheering squad.

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The morph suits were from FitLife Foods and the shirtless guys were from the University of Tampa swim team. I had a blast being in this group with so many friends.

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At our location we got to see the runners go by at mile one and again at about mile 7.5. We were ready for them at mile one.

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(my friends Beth from Discombobulated Runner with the wiener (misspelled) sign, and Brad from IronGoof below)

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We saw the leader zoom by…

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followed by the seemingly endless field of runners and walkers.

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After the entire field had passed we set up to see them coming again in the opposite direction. I had dozens of friends running…

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It was like a big party for me.

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The boys are spectating pros. They’ve probably spectated/participated in a couple dozen races at this point.

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The Women’s Half Marathon is always fantastic.

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The swimmers were a huge hit, especially after they dropped trou for the second pass of the runners.

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It was pretty chilly out there that Sunday. These young men were troopers.

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The expression on the ladies’ faces as they passed were priceless.

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We had an awesome morning. Definitely worth getting up at 5:30 a.m. Congrats to all the finishers!

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Afterwards we met up with a bunch of my blogging buddies at The Avenue for brunch.

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I got a burger without the bun and paid $2.50 extra for a side salad instead of fries.

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It was tasty, but The Avenue will KILL you with extra charges for any changes. Beware.

Cya.