When I decided to start a blog, I did it because I thought it would be fun – it would force me to take more pictures, and would be fun way to keep track of my running and fitness journey.
Something I never knew that I would be getting out of my little blog was such a great community of friends. I have met some amazing women in the Tampa Bay Area (and virtually across the country), and feel so lucky to be part of such a fantastic group of people. I got another taste of the blogging community on Saturday, when Marcus and I met up with Stephanie for our long run. Meghann had introduced me to Stephanie about a month ago, so that I could help with Stephanie’s move to Tampa, and recommend a few apartments in the area for her to take a look at. After many, many emails, Stephanie and I finally met for the first time on Saturday, and had a blast running together! We are both actually training for the same marathon in April! Small World Welcome to Tampa Stephanie!!! I hope you enjoyed your South Tampa Running Tour!!
Marcus and I had 13 miles to complete on Saturday, and it felt like we only had a few miles to run! I highly recommend showing someone around on a long run. It makes the miles absolutely fly! It also may have had something to do with all the commotion on Bayshore…
Saturday was the annual Gasparilla Children’s Parade, which is always the week before the main parade. The city of Tampa basically shuts down, and everyone heads out to Bayshore Boulevard to witness the pirate’s invading Tampa Bay. I believe it to be the most fun weekend in Tampa, hands down! Pirates, Plundering, Beads, & Booze…. honestly, what could be better?! Can’t wait for next weekend!!
After we completed our 13 miles, we headed home for a yummy breakfast! Neither of us felt like a big meal, so we decided on a smoothie. Since strawberries are in season now, I took advantage and made a strawberry smoothie with bananas and a few blueberries. Here’s what went into it (serves 2):
- 2 Big handfuls of fresh strawberries
- 1/4 cup frozen blueberries
- 2 bananas
- 1 cup of plain Greek yogurt
- 3/4 cup of almond milk
- 2 scoops of protein powder
How was everyone’s weekend? How has the blogging community surprised you? Does your town or city have any fun parades or events that you love?!