Category Archives: Gasparilla
It is 4:10am in the morning, the alarm goes off and several things immediately run through my mind… 1. Race day is finally here and I have to get up because Kim is going to be here for photos at 4:30 2. What is the weather going to be like today and 3. It’s Andy’s birthday!
I can hear the wind blowing outside and I just shake my head and say, “Oh well…”. 12 hours earlier Kim, Kelly and I stood outside and stared at this image on our phones. The weather channel predicted an 80% chance of rain with winds 25-40 miles an hour. All we could do was laugh.
Kim and Kelly arrived right at 4:30, we took a couple of photos and then hopped in Kim’s car to pick up the other girls carpooling down. By the time we reached the parking garage outside of the convention center it was pouring and the wind was ferocious. We stayed in the garage and out of the rain until the last-minute possible. As we headed down the stairs, the rain stopped. We had no idea if it was going to return or not, but we were thankful for the dry spell. As luck would have it, the rain had moved on and we stayed dry. We felt horrible for all of those who got soaked and then had to run in the wind.
We lined up in the second wave and then we were off. We knew that going over the Davis Islands bridge was going to be congested, but this year it went at a snail’s pace, and I am certain it affected my overall time. Kelly and I ran together until mile 5ish and then from mile 7-9 I ran with Tracy. Andy and the boys posted up at the finish line when I was around mile 8, and for the rest of the run Andy and I text back and forth so we would both know the whereabouts of each other. Miles 10-13 were the windiest of the run, I can’t help but wonder how I would have done if there had been no wind…
My goal was to finish the race in under 2:30, but I came in at 2:33 39. All things considered I am thrilled and all my guys were there to watch :)…
This year we decided to take it easy for Gasparilla and we drove down right before the parade started. We parked at the corner of Morrison and Armenia, loaded the kids up in the wagon, and wandered down to Bayshore and hunted a place to set up. There were some nice people who let the kids down on the fence and they were challenged to get 100 strings of beads and then in return they would be rewarded with light up wands. During the break between the parade and the fireworks we took the kids to Bella’s for dinner. The pasta and salad were delicious. The evening ended with beautiful fireworks and a bunch of very tired kids. It was a great day… 🙂
All week-long Matty and I have been stuck in the house with Strep throat. Andy and I were crossing our fingers that he would wake up Saturday morning and be fever free…and after 5 long days I am happy to report that he was. Neither he nor myself are completely back to normal yet, but we needed to get everyone out of the house. Today was the Gasparilla children’s parade. Every year I look forward to this parade because Davy loves pirates so much. We were originally making plans with Mark and Karen, but since the sickness took over we decided it would be best to do that next year. We decided to keep it simple and planned on not staying to long.
We quickly found parking on Howard and Morrison behind Tiny Tap and walked down to Bayshore. We didn’t have front row seating but we were plenty close enough to catch a ton of beads. The weather was 55, clear skies, brisk and windy. We stayed for about two hours, ate some cotton candy and a corn dog, bought two plastic pirate swords and headed out. It was a perfect day outing.