February 20-22, 2015 - FIVE races THREE days, ONE tutu, ONE birthday!
|Disney Princess Frozen 5K; Gasparilla Distance Classic: 15K, 5K, 21K and 8K|
For the last 5 years, I have celebrated my birthday by going down to the Gasparilla Distance Classic in Tampa, Florida. Perhaps it's because winter in Nova Scotia is a challenge. Or maybe it's because the race always falls on my birthday weekend? But, its become an annual event for me. I love the medals, the pirates, the costumes, the 4 races in 2 days format. Full disclosure, three years ago in an homage to Gasparilla I created a local pirate themed race weekend that "borrowed" the best elements that Gasparilla exposed me too! I am no longer the Race Director for that event here in Nova Scotia but I still go to Gasparilla... guess we really do hold on to our favorites.
This year presented a different set of circumstances for me as I have been dealing with a back injury that has limited my training. I could have opted out of one of the four races (I have a tendency to Go Big or Go Home) but I decided to change my expectations and I even added a 5K at Disney the Friday before race weekend. The only other time I did a Disney race it was horribly cold. Guess what happened this trip? It was insanely cold... go figure... Florida in February and I really wished I had gloves and pants. But, I got to race the day before my birthday. I couldn't pass up that opportunity.
|Leaping at the end of the Disney Frozen 5K - Friday, Feb 20, 2015|
|1st race on birthday = 15K|
|2nd race on my birthday (it's my BIRTHDAY!) = 5K|
|First race = 21K|
|2nd race = 8K|