This weekend…..I had the honor of saying that “I ran a 15k” after running in the Gasparilla Distance Classic in Tampa, FL.

IMG_5451The best thing about the race series…you can pick from any distance. This series had a 5k, 8k, 15k, and Half Marathon. I’ve done the 5k before and was really looking at doing another 10k, but joke was on me…because they discontinued that distance. So, 15k it was….

The race started at O’Dark Thirty (ie 6:45am) and it was COLD (by Florida standards…40 DEGREES!!!😁).

IMG_5432Downtown Tampa…

My friend, Sam, raced with me! It’s perfect because we are both competitive (with ourselves) and we race well together!!

IMG_5431She’s still my friend!!!

Anyone that doesn’t know, the race follows the pirate themed festival/parade celebrating the invasion of Jose Gaspar and his band of pirates. Living in this area for the last 13 years, I haven’t been brave enough to go to the parade. But I DO love doing the race!! I’ve always done the 5k, but CHALLENGE!!!….I did the 15k.
There are all types of people racing in their pirate gear….

IMG_5437AArrrghhh! Like THIS stuff!!!

I enjoyed this distance, I have to say. The first 5k….no biggie!
The second 5k….I’m good!
The last 5k….
Mile 7-good
Mile 8- I’m getting TIGHT, my quads and IT band (ITB)
Mile 9 – ITB is on FIRE and my pace seems like a slow crawl! #nothappy

In my mind..I figured finishing 1:30-1:45. I wasn’t sure but I was basing it on my 5k and 10k times.

IMG_5448We DID it!!!

IMG_5434Our “we’re so HAPPY we didn’t DIE” faces!

IMG_5436Is this thing REAL??
I’m glad that I did it and honestly….I would TOTALLY do it again.

As I sit here typing this post, I am now able to move like a normal human and NOT like a drunk John Wayne. #sore
I’ll be back in the saddle tomorrow with a light run (hopefully with one of my running buddies😉) and planing my next challenge!

PS…if you are curious…guess how many calories you can potentially burn running a 15k???


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