On Sunday morning, we had the opportunity to participate in the 2014 Sarasota Half Marathon & Relay. This was our second consecutive year doing the relay portion. As I have mentioned a few times on here, the 10K and 15K distances are my favorite. When you mix that distance along with the excitement of a Half Marathon, it is pretty much my perfect world.
- The Scenery - going over John Ringling Bridge at dawn is one of the most peaceful scenes you can experience. I have been the fortunate relay partner for the past two years to get this leg (which means running over the mile long bridge twice in a 3 mile span). Each time, I have been in complete awe and take a moment to enjoy my surroundings.
- The medal - See photo above, nothing else is really needed to say here. My friend Amanda commented on Instagram that if Captain America ever lost his shield, she would know where to send him. The Sarasota Half Marathon and Relay medal is the largest in FL. Relay participants also receive the same medal as half marathon participants.
- It is sponsored by First Watch, one of my favorite breakfast chains. They provide a brunch, which was named best post breakfast brunch by Competitor Magazine.
Mile 1: I cannot believe I made it. I am so frazzled! Why did I take 3 weeks off without running once!? BAD idea. Another bad idea? Drinking an entire bottle of wine the night before at the Ybor City St. Patrick's Day Parade. Does that mile marker sign say 10:20? We maintained a 10:00ish minute mile with all the weaving we had to do???? Yay, Bag Pipers! Maybe Gabe and I can wear matching kilts for next years race.
Mile 3: I am in St. Armonds Circle! I love this place. I would rather be shopping. Starbucks! Hey, I want that guys coffee. Did I just get passed by a guy pushing a stroller....with two dogs in it? Why yes I did. Phew, I am not seeing things. I need to come back here to go shopping later. Never mind - wedding budgets suck. Gabe is texting me - he wants me to pick up the speed. Crap, here comes the bridge again.
Mile 5 - I saw a runner fall pretty hard going down the bridge - she tripped over the bridge grates. I would have stopped to help her but there were a ton of others there and I didn't want to get in the way of all the other runners coming down the bridge. I hope she was OK.
Mile 6 - The man with the dogs passed me again. I couldn't grab my phone in time. It was super cute. I really need to pee. I kept telling myself not to walk - there is a gas station right at the transition. Yay, there is the relay transition point. My group was at the extreme end. My portion was over and off Gabe took off. I never got a runner tracker update from that point forward. I was worried after 40 minutes had gone by and I had no updates. I texted him and he told me he was at mile 11. Thank goodness we both run with our cells.
Mile 7-12, Gabe said he felt like he was running on the fast lane of the highway since he was freshly running and the other runners were out there fr 6 miles already. I have not ran this portion of the race before. Maybe I will be nice next year and switch with him :) About 1 minute before Gabe got to me, the dogs passed. I was a little surprised Gabe didn't catch up to them.
Mile 13 - Gabe wore a green shirt and black shorts like 75% of the rest of the runners. I thought I saw him multiple times. Finaly the real Gabe appeared and we ran in together. We got our medals and finished another successful Run Sarasota event!
5K Split 7:50:41AM 00:34:56 11:15 min/mi
Relay Transition 8:29:36AM 01:13:51 11:54 min/mi
Finish 9:37:41AM 02:21:56 10:51 min/mi
2015 Sarasota Half Marathon REGISTRATION BLITZ!
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Wednesday March 19, registration will be 50% OFF
March 20-23 - 45% OFF
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Now that I am finished for the Winter running season, our goal this Spring and Summer is to work on speed. I will never be a fast runner but I do want to improve. What are your running goals this season?