I'm on vacation in Venice, FL and I thought it would be FUN to run an 8K while I am down here. I had come down around the same week last year and had seen the "shark paint" race route markings on the ground and decided that I wanted to try it for myself in '11.
The Venice YMCA St. Patty's Day 8k race is sponsored by the local Venice FL YMCA and it was very well organized. It was on March 19th 2011, race started at 8:00am, weather was around 60 and sunny...definitely FELT HOT.
I won 1st place in my age group with a time of 36:27, which is a 7:20 pace. I was 3rd woman overall. The race was pretty small, but it was larger than the 4K that I had done the previous weekend, but it wasn't a huge race. Can't find the total number of participants, probably around 300 if I had to guess.
I made a big mistake...the day before the race I ran too much (and in 80 degree weather that was too hot) and my muscles were tired at the start of the race. I had wanted to do a "recon mission" of the course on Friday, but I really should have just done it on the bike. I had even tried to go super slowly on Friday and refueled with lots of milk and water, plus stretching throughout the day. Oh well, lesson learned.
Sharky's on the Pier was the start and finish of the race.
My mom, dad, and our family friend Gary all came to support me, I loved it! Gary used to do a TON of biking and running, he understands the whole competition thing. My parents are just amazingly supportive and nice.
Here are some pre-race shots:
|pre-race yuck feeling|
|our friend gary came to watch!|
|gary and my dad|
|had to take a picture with the skull flag for Tappan of course|
The course was a loop course along the intercoastal waterway and back up along a road paralleling the beach...just a sand dune between us and the ocean. The entire course was BEAUTIFUL.
The end of the race wrapped around a beautiful lake next to the ocean at
My mom, dad, and Gary were waiting for me at the finish line and got a great race photo.
After the race, we hung around and waited for the awards ceremony.
|my parents at the finish line!|
They had prizes 6 deep in each age catetory and I got a BLUE RIBBON medal for my win.
They had GREEN BEER:
If I'm in Florida again at this time next year, I definitely would like to do it again!
After the race, we went back to Gary and Susan's house and the whole group went for a bike ride. We stopped at the Jetty in Venice for a photo: