After hot yoga on Thursday I was sore in my t-rex arms but my legs were ready to go. I needed to run. I hadn't officially signed up for a Gasparilla weekend race but it worked out since my friend V decided not to run the 5+3K. This was the first year for the 5+3K, sponsored by Fifth Third Bank, get it? Five plus three. Clever, clever.
Anyway, the Gasparilla race weekend had four events: a 15K, a 5K, a half marathon, and the 5+3K. You could run any of the races and some chose to do 3 as a challenge or the full Monty - all 4. I call those people crazy. (Again, I won't knock them too much since I can see me thinking this is a good idea next year...)
Since so many of my running group peeps were racing I decided to head out on both Saturday and Sunday. I watched the races on both days, except for the 5+3K that I ran. I can't believe the volume of runners at the 5K on Saturday. There were 12,200 runners and walkers for the 5K. It was amazing, as evidenced by the photo below. I believe it's safe to say that the running boom is upon us. Let it be noted that I was running before it was cool to run. Just sayin.