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Arghhh You Ready To Run?

I am! I am!

Gasparilla weekend is finally here and I am super excited! As I explained last night, this weekend means a lot to me. Gasparilla has been over a year in the making and I am ready to toe the start line at 7 tomorrow morning.

I started my day early by finishing up some last minute packing and cleaning before hitting the road just before 10 to drive down to Tampa. It was a long drive from Jacksonville (nearly 4 hours) but I made it in relatively good time. I hit a little traffic passing through Orlando and then when I hit I-275S in Tampa, but otherwise it was a painless drive.

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As soon as I arrived in Tampa, I met my mom at the hotel before heading to Whole Foods for lunch and to pick up a few items for the morning. Then we hit up the expo at the Tampa Convention Center.

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My mom and I arrived at a good time. The expo was busy, but not crowded like other expos I’ve been to.

I hit a little hiccup during bib pick-up when my bib was not in the bin. My heart was beating a million miles a minute while the volunteers worked to sort out where my bib went. After a few minutes my bib was located. Whew! Kudos to the great volunteers!

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After collecting our bibs and shirts, we walked through the expo to check out all the booths.

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Out of all the race expos I’ve been to, this one is my favorite- hands down. It was not too crowded (although we went at a good time) and the booths were well-spaced out. Also there was a great variety of booths and some of the best deals I’ve ever seen! I was able to get a pair of black spandex running shorts for only $10 (originally $50!).

I was also sidetracked by talking with the Ironman Miami 70.3 representative for a good 10 minutes. She was definitely talking up the race at the end of October but I don’t think I am *quite* ready for a Half-Ironman just yet. She did give me a swim cap as training motivation so you never know! Maybe wearing the cap will make me a better swimmer? One can dream…

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However, the best part about expo’s are the freebies and there were a ton to be found! Pretzel crisps, granola, a Publix salad shaker, and even olives! But my favorite was the gelato- definitely worth the long line!

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Check out all the freebies we scored! Insane!

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The expo got me pumped up for a fun weekend of racing!

Alright… well here goes nothing!

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See you at the finish line…ARGHHH!!!

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7 Responses to Arghhh You Ready To Run?

  1. This expo looks fantastic, and the gelato definitely doesn’t hurt:) Have a great run tomorrow, and remember to enjoy yourself!

  2. What a great expo! Good luck on your run tomorrow!! :-)

  3. Best of luck this weekend!! :)

  4. Jeff aka Powderfinger

    Have a great race. Continue to enjoy the journey, especially with your Mom and all the friends you meet along the way! Wonderful blog documenting your steps asking the way! :) (: Peace! And ROCK that run!

  5. Best of luck on your races Katy! I can’t wait to hear all about them!

  6. Good luck with your running, and enjoy the weekend.

  7. Looks fun! My husband has to work today so I hope to get there around 330 today! See you tomorrow!

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