When I shared that this was my first Gasparilla I received the same common response: "You've never run Gasparilla before?!" Well shame me no more!
I was a bit nervous for the race. About two weeks before, I went out for a 10-mile training run and re-injured my right knee. This is the knee that I have had troubles with for the past two years or so. I had previously seen a sports injury doctor who informed me that I only irritated the patellar tendon, but it's not a serious injury.
But nonetheless, you don't want to "feel" your knee when you're running. And I obviously don't want to stress it too much and cause a real injury which could take me out of running for months to heal.
So Gasparilla race weekend, my husband and I went to the race expo to pick up our bibs (my husband was running the 5K). While there, they had a booth set up with kinesiology tape. I went in and got my knee taped for the race.
It was honestly such a beautiful day. And the views were amazing.
I think it also helped that I knew my husband and sons would be somewhere on the course. I would be so embarrassed if I saw them while walking. I finally saw my husband at about mile 12; my husband was so encouraging and ran next to me and cheered me on.