Getting My Gasparilla Game Face On

This week I rested more than I should have.  I only ran once this week and only 3 miles at that.  It has been a crazy, busy week with relatives visiting from out of town and my allergies sucking the energy out of me.  I’ve convinced myself that my body needs the rest, so hopefully my body will cooperate on Sunday.


However, it looks like the weather won’t be so cooperative.  There is a 70% chance of thunderstorms with winds at 20 mph.  Have I mentioned I hate rain and running in the wind? 


Yesterday afternoon, I picked up my bib number and strolled through the Gasparilla Expo Hall to search for Cliff Shots to carry me through the race tomorrow.  I also seized the opportunity to pass out business cards and I networked with some really great people.  A number of very generous vendors offered their merchandise for some fabulous future giveaways, so stay tuned for that.  


While at expo, I chatted with Gayle Guyardo and Bill Ratliff of News Channel 8.  I was sure to give them my card as well to plug my blog.  I am shameless!  




It has been a really tough week, but yesterday a glimmer of hope caught my attention at the expo.  I like to believe God sent me a message in the form of a shiny object. 



Whatever it takes to help me mentally prepare for the race, right?  I am looking forward to reading more inspirational words on the backs of other runners’ shirt tomorrow.  It’s hard to believe that the moment I have been training for over a year is almost here, but like the quote by John Bingham which I read on one shirt yesterday, “The miracle isn’t that I finished. The miracle is that I had the courage to start.”


At the moment, I am downloading tunes to keep me moving for at least 5 hours.  Hopefully, the Cliff Shots combined with songs on my iPod with a good beat and easy to dance to will carry me through to the finish line.  Your song suggestions and last minute advice is greatly appreciated!


  1. dwyatt64 says:

    Personally, I like to download any music that inspires me…be it “I’m Too Sexy for My Shirt”, “I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)” by the Proclaimers, “Jump” by Madonna, “Elevation” by U2 for hills, “Work It Out” by Beyonce, “Walk This Way” by Aerosmith, for when I just have to stop and walk a little…you get it. And you have logged your miles, so if your body is telling you to rest before your race, that’s what you need to do! Best of Luck!!!!!

  2. lindsay says:

    oooh free goodies…. 🙂 sounds good to me! lol about the pic with the news folks. love that your daughter got to be in it too.

    GOOD LUCK TOMORROW! you’ve done this once already (with a half the day before no less) so you know you’ll do great!! i hope the weather holds off. if it makes you feel better it’s supposed to *snow* here tomorrow (after a week in the 50s-60s…) which would make it day 3 of the treadmill 🙁

    go kick some bootay!

  3. Chloe says:

    Can’t wait to read your race report! I’m sure you did fine! But the weather was killer up here today – we had a 1/2 marathon today – 25-35 mph gusts of wind in a blistering (for florida!) 34 degrees. Blah. But I still PR-ed 🙂

    Here is a good quote for you
    Bottle of wine = 500 calories. Scratch that – 5 miles 🙂

    I’m sure where rocking!! Chloe

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