Push Away the Screen: 2017 GASPARILLA DISTANCE CLASSIC 5K

by jennifer4. March 2017 18:27

For the sixth consecutive year our family participated in the Gasparilla Distance Classic. But unlike in past years, this year we all did the 5K. And what a blast we had!!

We started off our morning like we usually do on race day. The kids pick where we go to eat breakfast. This year they picked Dunkin' Donuts.

Not my choice for race morning, but it's what they wanted. I did not eat any donuts. Smile

We arrived, parked and made our way over to the staging areas. Ronin was in a different wave than the girls and I based on how fast he can run. I told him he was welcome to wait and head out with us, but he chose to go with the first wave. He didn't want to take the chance of getting behind any "slow people."

We took a quick selfie, and then he was off with his fast group. His wave left at 9:15am and the girls and I weren't going until 9:45am. I joked that Ronin would probably be done by the time we started. I was only joking, but it turned out to be true! He is one fast little dude.

Haley is in a mood lately where she doesn't want her photo taken, so this is Ella and I just before the start!

And soon we were off! Haley managed to get ahead of us at the start line and we didn't see her for the rest of the race! Ella and I stayed together the entire time, just walking, talking, holding hands, making goals, and just enjoying being with each other. We finished in 54 minutes. Haley and Ronin quickly found us on the bridge and we got a post-race photo!

We went through the Expo so that they could see what was going on. Ella and Ronin both did the line jump. 

Ronin then asked if I thought he might have won anything for running so fast. I hadn't even thought about his time, so I asked him what his finish time was and he said "oh I think like 24 minutes or something." Surprised 24 minutes?!?!?  Could he really have finished in less than half the time it took me and Ella?? So off we went to check out the race results.

And you know what? He won something!

We knew for a fact that he placed in the top 10% of his age group and he won a cool coffee mug. But what we didn't know until the next day is that he finished in the TOP 3% OF ALL RUNNERS!!! He finished 593 out of over 10,000 runners!!! How amazing is that?? I am so proud of him.

Here's a little flashback photo. The trio at their first Gasparilla in 2011 and at their sixth in 2017. They grow up so fast. 

We had a very nice time at the 2017 Gasparilla 5K and are all looking forward to 2018. Though Ronin will be in a different age-group, so he better get to training!

 

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#TampaTrio | Ella | Haley | Jenny | Ronin

Girl Scout Thin Mint Sprint and Tagalong Trot 2015

by jennifer20. July 2015 12:08
For the 3rd consecutive year, the Girl Scouts of West Central Florida have invited me and the #TampaTrio to participate in the annual Girl Scout Thin Mint Sprint (5K) and Tagalong Trot (1 mile). You can read about our previous experiences here, and here. We love this race, and last year Ronin won big by placing in the Top 50, and earned himself a box of cookies!! It was this race that really set him on his goal to run longer, run faster, run smarter.  So how do you do that? How do you run longer, faster, smarter? Especially when you are only 8 years old and you already run faster and longer than anyone you know?  Well, I don't know the answer to that question, but what I can tell you is how I trained my 8 year old son to be a smarter runner. See, I've posted before about Ronin starting off like a cheetah and getting tired out too easily. We worked on that and he was able to easily achieve a sub-30 5K. E.A.S.I.L.Y. But what do you do if you've never run before, or if you want to run longer distances. This is what I did.... I used a Gymboss Interval Timer. I clipped it to the top of my bicycle. And I rode my bike while Ronin ran.  We did 5 minute intervals. 4 minutes of an easy run, 1 minute of walking. And we did it 4 times per week. Our plan was working great!! Ronin had gotten up to 6 miles of running. He was training for the Gasparilla 15K, and he was DETERMINED that he would win for his age group (10 and under). But then his world came shattering down around him when he broke his leg just 3 weeks shy of his first 15K.  7 months later and Ronin is now out of his cast, but he still wears his boot on occasion, and he walks with a limp. That broken leg really took the wind out of his sails. He's been running, though not for time. He's just been running for fun.  And what better way for him to get back to the racing circuit than a race designed for fun?? With 3 options to choose from (5K, 1 mile, Virtual) there is an option for EVERYONE!! We'll have to see how Ronin (and me, I have injuries right now too!!) continues to feel throughout the rest of the summer, but I'm thinking we will all (me, Ronin and both girls) go for the 5K for the third consecutive year.      Have you suffered a serious injury and been able to come back as "good" as you were before?? Tell me how you did it, please!  You can find out more information about the race HERE, and you can register HERE.    

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Jenny

Neon Vibe 5K in Sarasota Promo Code Discount

by jennifer28. July 2014 11:28
I grew up just south of Sarasota, in a little town called Venice. I love Venice/Sarasota and try to get down there to visit family as often as possible, which honestly isn't enough. When I heard about the Neon Vibe 5K in Sarasota from a high school friend, I knew I had to try to make it! And I will!! Join me and the #TampaTrio as we run through the neon colors of Lakewood Ranch on Saturday August 23rd!From Neon Vibe:The Neon Vibe after dark fun-run will have you and your friends glowing crazy with color and dancing all night! Did we mention we had color that glows under black lights – and lots of it! Think of it like this – there’s 5K’s, and then there’s running a 5K in black lights with loads of color! This is the most fun you will ever have at a run! YOU are our color canvas, and when you’re finished with this 5k run you’ll be a vivid glowing masterpiece. So tag your friends and hook everybody up with the best night-time 5K run. This is one amazing run you will not want to miss! Register for the craziness today before we are sold out in your city. You can register for the Sarasota event HERE and don't forget to use the code GLOWBLOG to save $5 off your registration!! I hope to see you out there!!

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Jenny

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