The Gasparilla 5K was my first race back in 2009, so even though this race is very crowded each year, I still run it. The bling is pretty awesome too!
This was my second 15K race with Gasparilla 2014 being my first. Last year I took my time because it was so hot and an automatic PR. This year I planned to secure a faster time.
On race morning I met up with my running group for pictures and well wishes.
|Me, my sister, my cousin|
The morning was cool with temperatures in the mid 40s. The race started at 6:45 am and the sun wasn't quite up yet. We ran along Bayshore Blvd near downtown Tampa. I felt great and warmed up quickly as the sun rose.
I remembered that every year after the halfway turn around point, volunteers handed out Krispy Kreme donuts. I never stopped in the past but this year I planned to stop for a donut snack. As I approached the donut tables, I shuttered. All thoughts went to... donuts and running in the Florida heat, don't mix well. I passed on the melt-in-your-mouth deliciousness of Krispy Kreme donuts.
I still felt strong and was having a nice race. At about mile 7, the 1:30 pace group caught up and passed me. I was ok with that because I started before them and this was the first time they passed me. My plan was to finish under 1:30 so I tagged along at the back of the pace group. I didn't realize how much I needed that pace group until I had to keep up with them. It was a good push to the finish and kept me on pace.
Another successful race finished with a 7+ minute PR! And then I got to hang out with some pirates! ARG
Div Place: 110/490
Gender Place: 626/3017
Overall Place: 1641/5257
Halfway Split time: 43:08
Average Pace: 9:09/mi
Chip time: 1:25:19