::Running:: Rock n Roll St Pete Half Marathon

Today was my second half marathon in St. Petersburg. The morning started out at 5:00am with the phone alarms going off and the hotel wake up call ringing. I was a little anxious about missing the alarm so I had Ted set his alarm, I set mine and I set up for the hotel wake-up call. We got up, ate a couple granola bars and bananas and were on are way.

The temps this morning were in the low 40's and windy with a wind chill of around 30*. We arrived at Tropicana Field, the start line, at about 6:00. The race didn't start until 7:30 but due to road closings, we had to get there by 6:30. We sat in the warm car, watching a movie until about 7:00 or so. We had to wait in line about 15 minutes for the Port-a-Potty and it was freezing. Thank God I dressed warm!

The race was cold and frozen but overall awesome! There were live bands all along the course, plenty of water and Gatorade every mile or so. The race was really well organized by the Competitor Group. Since it was so windy, I was pretty numb in the face and hands for the majority of the race. Around mile 11 I was really feeling the pain and was ready for it to be over. My time was 2:26:02, 21 minutes faster than my last race! I could not be happier. To make everything a little better, they had Flo Rida in concert at the finish line. I think this may be my last Half Marathon for a while but in my opinion, I went out with a bang! :-)

Using the green screen at the expo Saturday.

Before the start of the race

Smiling before starting----even though we were FREEZING!

Start line

Tried to get an action shot---stupid finger in the way :-)


Resting after the race with my new medal!


Now time to recover! Nap time. Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

:-) Mere