There's a Lesson (or Three) in Every Race.
I want to share a few things I learned yesterday at the Sarasota Music Half.
1. Always wear waterproof mascara. Who wears eye makeup when they run? I do. Generally, I wear waterproof, but I didn't this time. The fog and clouds meant every time I blinked a little more mascara was deposited under my eyes. (Think 13 miles of blinks and you'll get an idea of my look.)
Thanks to all the volunteers and runners I met along the course who didn't smirk or laugh at me. I thought everyone was making friendly eye contact. It wasn't until after the race, food tent, beer tent and conversations with other runners — that I saw my raccoon eyes in my rear view mirror. Ha!
2. I wasn't trained properly. I knew it, and planned to run an easy race and take lots of photos. Still, I was disappointed. Really disappointed. Cue new training plan.
3. When you put bandaids on toes to prevent blisters, you may cause more blisters. This idea backfired. The bandaids I put on my long second toes for extra cushion rubbed against adjacent toes causing new blisters. Darn it. I know if I was properly trained my feet would have been tougher.
I love to run. And even foggy, wet, challenging half marathons make me happy.
This half is one of the best race events I've run. The city of Sarasota and it's residents embrace it. The course is scenic, historic and challenging. The management team is excellent. They tweak details each year, and the event keeps improving.
Check Out the Fog During the Race in the Photos Below.
Read detailed race review here —> 2017 Sarasota Music Half
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Feb. 24-25, 2024