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November 24, 2009

Unbelievable!  I can’t say enough…so here goes with all the photos of the weekend – okay not all of the photos, but many.

Got in late Friday night to Tampa to stay with some friends of my Fast Runner Friend (aka FRF) – it was dark, they had a fantastic spread of shrimp (my favorite), veggies and dip (my favorite), humus (my favorite) and bread (my favorite).  They also had some fantastic wine they had recently purchased on a trip to The Biltmore Estate…(speaking of wine – let’s go to the beginning of the trip… on our 45 minute flight – when Simon (flight attendant) gave us free “cocktails”.  You know – those little bottles have a lot more booze in them than you can imagine.)  Back to the story – it’s the first day and so far I’ve downed 3 glasses of wine.  Hmmm…this can’t be good.  Oh well.  The next morning I woke up to this:

That is not typical for where I’m from.  But a lovely way to wake up. 

After breakfast FRF’s friend drove us to Pass-a-Grille, FL to this lovely spot –

then we ate at this fine establishment: 

Fantastic  food – fantastic views – what more could a girl ask for?  (probably more wine)

You get the picture right?  It was amazing!  After lunch we decided we better go to St. Pete’s and get our  numbers and goodies.  Here’s a shot of our swag!

Not too bad – usually I end up with a shirt and sore thighs – nothing else.

We spent the evening in St. Pete’s seeing the sights:

and visiting the starting line:

those folks know how to prepare for a women’s race. (there were 90 additional toilets along the course!)

Then we checked into our room: (please take notice of the size of the bathroom and consider my back is against the wall while taking this pic)

If you click on the photo you can go to their site.  Don’t let the pictures fool you – it was tiny – very small – adorable – and I’d stay there again in a heart beat.

We prepared for the morning. I asked my FRF what she was going to be wearing…

FRF is tiny – she can get by with showing her mid-section.  She’s also fast!  She finished 22 minutes ahead of me – and was done with lunch, having a drink, getting a massage – not really.  But she is fast. (men like her too – remember Simon & the wine? – men helped her everywhere we went – I was invisible to many – and that is cool with me – it was fun to watch them checking her out – she was oblivious to it)

After spending 4.2 seconds checking out our room – we went to have dinner (more wine), site seeing in art galleries, then off to bed.  (in the middle of the night FRF hit her mouth on the sink while getting up from the toilet – OUCH!  I slept through the whole thing)  

It was 70° and 80% humidity at 6am.  The entire race was amazingly beautiful.   The weather was warm and I ended up with a few blisters (have pictures – refuse to show) and tired legs, but overall the best

We got one of these after we crossed the finish-line (the center comes off to be charm on a necklace –  so smart).

After we ran we drove  to Pass-a-Grille (again), went back to lay on the heavenly beach and eat at Brass Monkey (again) – it was just too good.  After a bit of sun and food (and beer) we drove back to Tampa – ate more food, took Tylenol, laid around, and spent the evening packing our swag to fly home. 

If you ever have a chance…if you ever have a desire…if you want to get away…I highly recommend this:

It’s worth it.

Now – time to do laundry, clean the house, catch up on work, and pack to leave for CO tomorrow for Thanksgiving.

Run on Friends!

4 Comments leave one →
  1. November 24, 2009 4:02 pm

    i still think you are crazy! but that beach looks like even I might be willing run if i could lay there after.

    • Mother Runner permalink
      November 24, 2009 4:14 pm

      it was the best! totally worth running any distance.

  2. November 25, 2009 9:37 am

    Great pics! It is a beautiful place…haven’t been to Pass-a-grille…looks like a place I could definitely hang. Can’t wait to see you on Friday! Happy Thanksgiving!

    • Mother Runner permalink
      November 25, 2009 9:39 am

      it’s only 19 miles from Bradenton! thot about you everytime i saw the sign.

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