Gulf Coast Half Marathon Pensacola

Terri and I drove to Florida on Saturday and headed straight for the beach. The yellow flag was flying on the beach symbolizing “Caution, Strong Wind Advisory.” Winds were around 16 mph. It felt great while sunning in the white, warm sand, but we hoped the winds would die down for the race the next day.

After relaxing on the beach, we checked into our hotel. The view from our balcony was spectacular.

 We went to an evening mass later and then to “Crabs” restaurant for dinner.

 I loved the Mixed Grille with Mahi-Mahi, Grouper, crab cakes, chicken breast, and stuffed crab. All of it served with “smashed” potatoes, corn on the cob, coleslaw, and their sensational homemade honey buns. Yum!! Feeling pleasantly stuffed, we went back to our hotel to get our gear ready for the next morning.

The race began at 7:00am on Sunday morning. We awoke at 5:00am and immediately opened the balcony door to check the wind. The flag on the beach had been changed to red and the wind was feeling ferocious. We tried not to think about it as we drank coffee, ate our breakfast, and got dressed. At 6:30am we walked into the hall and found a couple of runners who snapped our early morning, scary photo. Maybe they were nervous too, because the picture looks shaky. 🙂

We stayed at our hotel until 6:45am, then walked to the start line next door. I like being able to wait until close to the start time, because it doesn’t give you a chance to think about it. The National Athem played and the gun went off. The sold out crowd of 1500 runners began to move…

Race recap to follow soon!

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