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The Day Before the Sarasota Half

Yesterday, I headed down to Sarasota to run the Sarasota Half Marathon. I stayed with my friend Tiffany and her hubby Matt. (Tiffany was also running the half with her mom, Connie.)

Once I arrived, Tiffany gave me the tour of her amazing house and led me to the kitchen where she had these sitting out.

Being the lady I am, I didn’t want to be rude and say no to cookies. So I ate four.

Tiffany and I decided we wanted to nerd out on the race and drive the course so there were no surprises.  We waited for Michelle to arrive and we were on our way.

Tiffany using her awesome navigation skillz. It might be fun to play Where’s Waldo with this picture, but instead of looking for Waldo, you can search for my forehead.

By the way, Tiffany’s husband Matt won about 3000+ husband points this weekend. Not only did he print Michelle, Tiffany, and I up our own large, color copies of the course map…he drove the course for us so we didn’t have to.

Tiff might be raising the roof.

The John Ringling Causeway – Miles 2-4 of the course.

There was a lot of traffic during our drive so we got to dinner even later than we expected. We hit up Venezia in St. Armand’s Circle.

Don't clean your monitor, those are indeed stains on the menu.

The place was small and extremely busy, but we were able to get a table fairly quickly. Not that it mattered, because we waited forever for our food because the kitchen was visibly understaffed.

The place had a lot of bewb artwork on the wall.

How many bewbs can you spot in this picture?  (That’s rhetorical. Please don’t count them.)

Hubby extraordinaire.

Michelle hydrating with some extremely potent water.

When Matt starts running races, I’m going to start drinking sangrias in front of him.

We started with the Bruschetta appetizer. Very delicious, but only three pieces of bread and there were four of us. Plus, Tiffany and I actually count as two large men each when it comes to eating.

Michelle and I shared the chicken salad and a penne pasta primavera, which we switched to linguine since penne is the only pasta they don’t make fresh at the restaurant.

The poor pasta didn’t even have a chance. No picture for you! Well, I could show you a picture. But it doesn’t look as tasty coming out the other way.

Oh yeah. I did. I went there.

After dinner, we headed home. I learned how to check myself into places on Facebook. So I spent the entire ride back to Bradenton checking into random places like strip clubs, a Jehovah’s witness church, a sausage kitchen, and a shooting range.

I lived in Bradenton for over 20 years…I miss Bradenton and it’s shooting ranges and sausage kitchens. If only those two can be combined somehow.

Once we got home, it was time to get a whole 4 hours sleep thanks to slow restaurant service and Daylight Savings.

Good thing Tiffany has a sleep number bed in her guest room which allowed me to kill more time not sleeping. (When I was trying to think of the name of the bed today, I could only come up with “Sleep Nasty” and I was pretty sure that was wrong.)

Michelle and I shared the bed because we’re girls and girls do that stuff. She doesn’t toss and turn so you can pretty much hog the bed if you want and she doesn’t care. If you get a chance to sleep with her, I highly recommend it.

Am I wearing clothes under there? YOU decide.

I’ll get to the race review in the next post. Let’s just say the race today was awesome even though it destroyed my stomach all day. When will my stomach issues end already?? I am seriously exhausted from today. Although I didn’t make my sub-2-hour half marathon – I still PRed by 3 minutes. Yay me! Smile

By the way, can you all stop writing blog posts for 2 days while I catch up? Sheesh, go away for a day and it’s mass hysteria on Google Reader.

Check out Michelle’s blog if you’d like another perspective on the day, or more pictures, or more talk of our bedtime snuggles.

Remember you have another day to enter my GIVEAWAY if you haven’t already.

So many colors!


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