Running with friends.
[[ my perfect race ]]
thanks to the #tbbloggers — i was able to run!
…if you follow me on my other social media, you may have seen my ahh-mazing news. I was recently asked to be a brand ambassador for the incredible lululemon at their future International Mall store. I’m crazy excited, to say the least; still in disbelief that my face will be on the wall of their new store! Photo shoot in a few weeks!
Thank goodness I realized early on — I forgot my running capris. This only fueled my desire to visit Sarasota’s lulu store, and I actually needed an item!
Walked out with new running capris and a new top — which I loved, and returned the next day to get the other color!
Up early for the race start.
Took a few pics with my amazing blogger running friends.
Chatted about goals for the race…
Meghan was set for a PR — and is currently working towards a BQ!
I started the race with Haley, Jessica & Nanci.
…had fun with it, of course!
One turn and … the John Ringling Bridge.
Up and over —-> St. Armand’s Circle
Jessica [might] have a similar pic here…
Back over the BIG bridge…
Flash back to a year ago, this was almost the exact moment that Nanci and I became reeeeally good friends!
We were friends prior to this half last year — but it was this climb that Nanci stuck with me, made sure I was ok (weird, stomach issues last year), and ran the rest of the race with me. From that point on, Starbucks dates, selfies, & girl talk are a weekly thing.
Once over the the bridge, Jessica, the running boss of the weekend, took off. The day before, she ran the Gate River Run in Jacksonville. Cool fact, the Gate River Run is the Nation’s largest 15K, check out her review here, she had fun running it with her momma.
[I love that she & Ms Betsy run together!]
Nanci and I continued on our merry way and kept having fun.
I found strawberries. And asked for two handfuls…
Another pretty sight of this race is passing by the Ringling Museum of Art.
— I still need to pay it a visit! —
Yay! We’re loved too!
Ironically, we were mid-walk break when we came across this awesome sign.
Being the week of St. Patrick’s Day — we had to don our Irish tats.
After running with some cars [Not going to fib, my least favorite part of the course. The exhaust from the cars reeeally gets to me, and there is no escaping it for this stretch of the race.]
*best pic of the day*
Really, how could we not stop and take a picture?
After that stretch, we take a windy & curvy route through neighborhoods along the water. These last few miles have some of the prettiest views — and the shade is glorious at this point of the day!
This fishy was asking for a photo, I couldn’t say no!
Nanci & I stuck together from start to finish — it was definitely one of the most fun races to date!
We found our speedy friends. Meghan had set a new, shiny PR; Jessica had a good race too; and a yummy buffet of post-race food was awaiting!
And maybe a couple adult beverages too 😉
Thanks to Jessica, we had a hotel close to the race start/finish and were able to freshen up before heading to St. Armand’s Circle for lunch. Although Jessica has been in Florida for a while, she (and Meghan too), had never visited there, so a quick tour & lunch was a must!
Meghan and I made a pit stop to the beach — and got sunburned in less than 20 minutes!
It was a beautiful race weekend.
Glittery dolphin medal.
The Sarasota Half Marathon is always a well run race, very organized, supportive, and a fun time! I would highly suggest it.
Registration has already opened if you want to run Sarasota in 2016!
Visit here so that you can get yourself that pretty medal!
Lastly…thank you to Nanci for taking all these silly pics, and letting me share.
You already know…but you rock!
*As a member of the Tampa Bay Bloggers, I did receive the opportunity to run the Sarasota Half Marathon in exchange for my review and social media love. All opinions are my own.
Our laughter and silliness added to this fun race. So much fun!!!!
I totally lost you guys that first mile. Looks like I should've stayed behind and joined in on the fun photo ops.