Day 85: Off to the Races

On Sunday I got lucky. The cars started roaring at 8:30am instead of 8am! Oh blessed 30 minutes of extra rest, you were glorious.

After breakfast I watched the races from above. I kind of understand the hoopla around car racing now. Especially watching from a condo above, you get a feel for the entire course and actually see some action. Drivers wait for the perfect time to make their move, speed up next to their prey quickly and deftly before a big turn, forcing their opponent to slow down and fall behind. These guys have guts too. Those cars reach up to 120 mph. That’s scary fast!

The race cars are also visually stunning with their sleek and colorful exteriors. Racing is sexy. I admit it. Now if I was downstairs watching cars streak by in the hot sun, inhaling fumes with throbbing eardrums, probably not so fun. But from a cushy air conditioned condo? Yes please.

After awhile I escaped the noise to the little gym upstairs. I met Peter’s mom and ended up doing treadmill incline intervals for about 50 minutes. Time flies when you’re chatting! After that I did some full-body exercises in the weights area. During my stretching routine I had to leave because this guy was creeping around and getting in my space. I hate that!! Gross!

After almost 2 hours in the gym (and a worried Peter), Peter, his mom, and I ate a late lunch at Panera to fuel for some shopping!! We hit up Bed Bath and Beyond which is so fun and so random. I was really tempted to buy this cupcake candle that smelled so amazing I wanted to eat it. Then I wanted cupcakes. And ice cream. So I decided not to buy it haha. We then went to TJ Maxx and spend hours browsing and trying on clothes. I bought cheap capri workout pants (yay!), two knit tops, and some hair volumizer. Success!

OH so this was random… Peter and I saw a kid we went to middle school with! Crazy! He was only at our school in the 8th grade so he didn’t really remember us but I totally remember his gel tipped hair. Haha. Oh memories.

For dinner Peter and I had a nice little date night at Gratzi’s then watched Bridget Jones Diary. Such a hilarious movie. Then the weekend was over and I was sad.

And this post is really random. Sorry! This is what happens after a case of the Mondays (incoherent babbling).

Day 83: City Invasion and a Celebrity Sighting

This weekend our city is being invaded.

By the Honda Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Racecars screaming down the street from 8am to 6pm. Strangers from across the country (and the world) filling the city in their shorts, sneakers, race shirts, and unshaven faces.

I had a lovely 8am wake up call to cars zooming outside my window at full speed. Sigh. I will attempt to stay away from downtown as much as possible this weekend.

Last night we unexpectedly came upon the Grand Prix Parade coming down Beach Drive. Usually I do not care for parades… but there were marching bands!! I love marching bands!! They are so amazing and I love the beat of the snare drums. Yes, I am a total marching band groupie.

I found myself enjoying the rest of the parade. They had antique cars, speeding police motorcycles, hot air balloon fires, and so much more! Oh boy oh boy!


Yesterday I had a good spin class until my foot strap snapped in the middle of my favorite part of the class! Bummer. I quickly switched to another bike but lost some steam. After class I foam rolled my crazy tight quads and IT bands then was so sore! Unbelievably sore!

This morning I went to the Vinoy to get my workout done for the day. Since I missed working out Tuesday and Wednesday, I did full-body lifting today.

Guess who I worked out next to??

Vanessa Hudgens!!

Ok I am a huge High School Musical fan and would have HSM screening/baking parties with my friend Laura in high school. For my birthday sophomore year of college, my roommates took me to a play version of HSM. OBSESSED. I know all the songs. I still have a crush on Zac Efron.


I immediately recognized her as she walked past me to the treadmills. I was so shocked! She is in town shooting Spring Breakers and is staying at the Vinoy along with Selena Gomez. Selena was apparently at the Wednesday spin class! Crazy. Well Vanessa Hudgens ended up coming into the weight room and working out right next to me! She kept glancing over at me which was kind of strange. I think she was probably in awe of my intense lifting! Haha I wish.

She was doing some pretty good exercises with the bosu ball and dumbbells but was deeply engrossed in her phone and not working terribly hard. I was tempted to go up and talk to her but figured she would want to be left alone A) because she’s a movie star B) because she’s working out. I hate it when people are chatting while I’m working out!

What really struck me is how normal she looked. On screen I always thought she was exceptionally beautiful and fit. But she looked like any other girl. Without the trucker hat..

But her body was not perfect by any means. She wasn’t exceptionally fit or skinny, just… normal. It was a refreshing realization to see just how warped our perceptions are of celebrities in the media. They have their imperfections too. At least I don’t have weird 23 year old girls gawking at me in the gym, hoping for an autograph.