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2012 Pretty in Pink 5K!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Got to sleep early Saturday night as I wanted to be as rested as possible. I was bringing a slightly sore Achilles tendon, and a tender quad pull to the race. I spent two days icing, resting, and no lower body activity, including my daily morning tennis!
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But I knew the healing was essential and I went by what I learned in a SparkPeople article on injury recovery. I also found KT Tape at Fit2Run last night in St Petersburg! D & I were curious about it after seeing all the 2012 Olympians using it in London. If you want to know more about it, check here:
www.kttape.com/
Oh, it WAS effective!
We scored the pink color as I wanted to stay consistent with the race theme! I'll tell you right now that I will wear any color I'm in the mood for especially pink!
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I was up very early this morning so I had enough time to wash up and dress appropriately! Let's forget all the technical BS and jump to the requested photos from all my SP Teammates!
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(I have to tell you that when I walked the 1/4 mile from the parking lot to the race area, I already started to get whistles & catcalls! Yeah, I was diggin' it!)
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If you've been reading my race reports, you know this shot.

I love a beautiful clear dawn sky!

D took this shot of me doing my pre-race banana!

That's just wrong in so many ways!

As the dawn broke, the pink got brighter!


I've known our starter from a bunch of races over the last year. We have become friends and had to show some love!


Others had noticed and the request for photo ops commenced!


I couldn't say no to anyone! Really!
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It was minutes to the start and I had to get my race vibe going so I went to the starting line. I couldn't believe the complements I was getting in the pack! I started feelin' "PRETTY IN PINK!"
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The course was the same as the Java 2 Java, starting with an incline bridge over the highway into the Ream Wilson Nature Trails of Clearwater. After leveling out, it became some flats with a few hills that seemed to be strategically placed to kill us!
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I planned well for this course and hit those hills with a steady pace. (I didn't interval at all at this event as I changed pace for the lay of the land. It worked! When I saw the two mile marker, I started to plan for my kick. Holding steady, as I came up the bridge we initially had to maneuver, I kicked into gear at the top and glided in to a strong finish through the end. Chip girl cut me free from my electronic bond, I headed to get a cold H2O bottle, walked out my cooling period, THEN, I immediately went into my stretching routine. You learn fast from injuries and experience!
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I waited for D & our friend to cross the line and we headed over for Breakfast Burritos, (No pink)Strawberry Shortcake (PINK), and Red Velvet Cake! (Blood PINK) For some reason, I wasn't in the mood for fruit!

We chilled and then the requests came again!

I had passed this lady early in the race & complemented her on her petticoat. She replied nicely in kind.

She saw me while we waited for the race results and said we had to get a photo together!

These girls came up to me and insisted on a photo! They were so sweet!

643 said, "Bet you never thought you would be surrounded by some crazy Vietnamese girls!" I went into all the towns I had been to in Vietnam and a great reminiscence commenced.

I had spoken to these women earlier, saw me posing, and they came back saying they had to have a shot with me.

See the woman coming up from the right?

Yep, she wanted in as well!


I had to add this one last shot. We met this lady and she is on SparkPeople but hadn't been on in around a year. Hopefully, I encouraged her to come back and join our Clearwater/Dunedin Spark Team. She's looking to run train with us! We're ready!


Everyone was wonderful and I enjoyed it all. It had to be Karma 'cause when they came to my age group, I placed second! I finally beat out a guy that had always crossed the line before me in at least five previous races! I was naturally euphoric!




I had to show off my mails as I got so many compliments on them.


You Glitter Be Good To Me by OPI!

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This was definitely the most fun I've had at a race to date! Can't wait for next year!
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