Running ain't pretty, y'all.
The route was fabulous, as it took advantage of the bayfront and some of Sarasota's best neighborhoods. It took us right through Selby Botanical Gardens, which was of course scenic, and made for a fun party spot for spectators. There were Girl Scout cookies, the water/Gatorade stations were plentiful and well-staffed, and the volunteers did a fantastic job. There were even clergy blessing the runners with Holy Water...and then beer was handed out DURING the race at mile 12.5, which tasted quite divine itself. The post-race party was wonderful, complete with more beer and an enormous brunch catered by Mattison's.
Trucking along around mile 12 - Gig 'em
I also tried something different, which I think worked really well. I got a massage the evening before the race. I read mixed reviews on whether this was a good idea, but I personally always benefit from massage. Otherwise, I did my usual routine the morning of: foam rolling, compression calf sleeves and Tiger Balm. I don't think there was any magic charm, but it all came together quite well to make for an fantastic race. I'm not a serious runner or a very fast one, but I just do it for the fitness benefits, the sense of accomplishment and the
It was so much fun, I already signed up for next year's race!