So, I’m already cheating (See New Year’s Resolution regarding blogging once a month). I wrote this over a week ago but I’m just now posting and choosing to call it a wash… this shall be the February post that ya’ll aren’t seeing until March 1st 😉
There is much to love about Lakeland actually IN Lakeland but one of the big positives is it is close in to both Tampa and Orlando (and by extension either coast as well). Well, I feel like I took full advantage of that on a recent Saturday. My day started bright and early to meet a friend at 4:45am to start our journey out to Safety Harbor for The Best Damn Race – Safety Harbor 10k. One of my favorite people in the world lives in Safety Harbor so I was already aware that this little hamlet was super cute and the opportunity to take over the streets for 6.2 miles only solidified that.
Beyond the fact that I PR-ed at the 10k distance with 58.59 (woot woot! PR Bell!)
I mostly want to RAVE about what an awesome job the Best Damn Race organization does putting on a race. This is my first experience with the series but even prior to the race they inundated with super helpful emails. Everything felt organized before and during the race. (Yes, there were lines at porta pottys but they went quick and seriously… how many do we really expect people to get when they are literally only crowded for about an hour out of the total event time??) The route was gorgeous. The weather was a very chilly 46* at the beginning which felt great about 2 miles in. And I felt great! But let’s get to the good stuff.
The post-race was where it was AT! Fun running vendors, BEEEER (there was no line after the 10K, that changed quickly after the 5k runners came back), FREEEEEE jimmy johns (seriously lucky I didn’t get sick stuffing my face with those tiny sandwiches), free pollo tropical (I stuck with Jimmy Johns), AND get this… a cocktail tent. A Greyhound (vodka and Florida grapefruit juice) before 9am is perfectly acceptable when being dished out post running, duh. Basically, based on my experience at their Safety Harbor race, if you are looking into possible runs I fully endorse Best Damn Race affiliated ones.
After returning to Lakeland I took a much needed nap for the exciting evening ahead. As a present for that special guy-o-mine I bought tickets tooooo, Monster Jam! But first we started with excellent Cuban Food at La Teresita right around the corner from the stadium. If you are in the area and have not experienced La Teresita you are missing out. It is a landmark. Setup diner style with all counter seating. You order from a server behind the counter. They are very efficient and it’s pretty hard to order wrong.
Now, onto the show. I must admit, that when I was first thinking of purchasing these tickets I had considered buying them for my guy to take a couple friends and have a night of it. When he first mentioned interest in it though it seemed so nostalgic and fun so I figured I’d give it go. Well, what a FUN night. Great show! I even found myself cheering on the one female driver on the course. I would definitely recommend it as a fun night out.
Well there you have it, my diverse Saturday appreciating the entertainment options just a bit away from the City of swans.