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174703 258907697527379 1785422675 n Oldsmar 5K At 5:00 p.m. two hours before the start of the Oldsmar 5K, terrible thunderstorms began rolling into the Tampa Bay area.  It was ugly.  Sporadic flashes of lightning lit up the gray skies and rain drops like Christmas lights.

As much as I don’t like running in the rain, I’ll suck it up for a race, but lightning is a whole other story.  Then, I heard word about a flooding watch in the area and I began to worry about soggy shoes.  “I have another race in the morning.  What if my shoes don’t dry out and I have to put them in the dryer.  What if they shrink?”

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I must have looked so worried because my friend Mike asked what was wrong with me.  I believe his exact words were, “D, what’s your deal?”  Later I learned Mike was already three beers into the drinking portion of the evening.  I should have started drinking when I saw the lightning to help calm my nerves.

I decided to distract myself by reading the quotes on the back of the t-shirts included in the race bags.

“Beauty is in the eye of the beer holder.”

“I drink to make people interesting”

“I’d tap that.”

“You can never buy beer, you just rent it.”

Then ten minutes before the start, the race officials canceled the race due to inclement weather. Oh thank God!

Given that news, we found a dry spot inside the House of Brews and officially began the beer run part of the program by running back outside, dodging through drops of rain and jumping over puddles to wait in lines for beer and food.  We ate and drank as if we ran a race and worked up an appetite.  Well, we were really thirsty and hungry.

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Rumor has it that a group of runners ran the race despite being canceled.  It must be true because results and photos have been posted online.  The rebellious runners all finished under 20 minutes.  I wonder if the lightning made them run faster?

However, yours truly was not one of them.  I was too busy stuffing my face with beer mug-shaped sugar cookies, which I enjoyed more than the free beer.

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It just goes to show you.  Race or no race, my friends and I always have a great time. Have party.  Will travel.  Rain or shine.

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Denise Mestanza-Taylor+

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Living life as a mom on the run between races and raising three beautiful, brilliant children (ages 11, 7, 2). Before a blissful life as a SAHM, I taught elementary school for 7 years. In 2007, I discovered a passion for running. I'm currently training for a fourth marathon as well as a variety of other races and triathlons. In my spare time, I am the lead organizer for the Tampa Bay Bloggers on Facebook. I'm currently training for two marathons as well as a variety of other races and triathlons. From start to finish, I'm a mom on the run trying maintain an easy pace through it all.

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  • Lucy says:

    Some people are not very bright! On the other hand, your group extremely bright, “Have Party.Will travel. Rain or shine.” Love it. Your photos prove your group of buddies are the smart ones!!

    13 June, 2012 at 8:17 am
  • secret mom thoughts says:

    Glad you didn’t have to run in the rain. Love the beer shaped cookies. So cute.

    13 June, 2012 at 8:21 am
  • cakeblast says:

    lol @ “Beauty is in the eye of the beer holder.” – I too love the beer shaped cookies although it would be cool if they were flavored with a bit of Guiness or maybe a nut-brown ale.

    13 June, 2012 at 12:18 pm
    • Run DMT says:

      That was a good one, but my favorite was the “I’d tap that”. lol I agree about the cookies. Maybe some beer-based frosting too. Mmmmmmm

      13 June, 2012 at 3:14 pm
  • feliciacarter says:

    You are the woman!

    13 June, 2012 at 2:16 pm
  • Lilli Toby says:

    Awesome!! I definitely think the lightening made them run faster. And I would not of been one of them either. I do like the I’d Tap That shirt. and Im a female. strange right. Maybe I’m perverted I guess.. LOL

    15 June, 2012 at 4:22 pm
  • Jill Conyers (@jillconyers) says:

    Everyone looks like they’re having a great time! You can’t go wrong with beer mug shaped cookies :)

    16 June, 2012 at 5:45 am
  • Panama says:

    You all should consider coming up to do the Door County half marathon on May 5th. That is one beautiful run :) I’ll be there!I’m not really a running blogger, since I post once a month at max…but I really love that race and would love to show y’all my neck of the woods!

    16 June, 2012 at 8:58 pm
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