I finally have two seconds to sit down and tell all of you (the two of you who read this) how my race went. Here we go.
I'd like you to meet my running ladies, from left to right.
Michelle, Karen, Cindy (up) and Ashley (that's me). See how happy we are at dinner? It was rough getting there- let me tell you!
After about and hour and a half, and 2 pit stops, I got a call from my hubbs just to inform me that James had been picked up from school early, lay down on my couch and then threw up all over it. I'll be honest here. My first thought really was "Oh no! My poor baby!" My VERY NEXT THOUGHT was "why on my new couch?!" Not my finest moment, I'm sure. But so it was.
We arrived just in time to get lost trying to find our hotel. Which made us late for the race Expo. But don't worry- there was nothing to see there. Hence, no pics.
But we did go eat right after that with all of these wonderful people:
Who are they?
Have you never seen Chariots of Fire?! They are the unbeatable Americans. Who ultimately are defeated.
But I digress. Buddies with a man who ran with the best but got kicked out of the trials for getting hammered. Sloshed. Soused to the Gills. Fall-down drunk.
So that's why he's neat.
Rob, the race director, was full of information! He had great stores to tell and although I can't remember a single thing he said right now, I can tell you they were fun to listen to.
Aaron and Kendra are married. Aaron does the Ironman triathlon. Now THAT is insanity. And Kendra is a runner in a big, winning-every-race kind of way. She actually placed second in the women's over-all Marathon with a time of 3:45. That's 3 hours, 45 minutes. Which qualifies her for Boston. She was so neat. Definitely inspiring. And she has kids. Two of them actually. And the youngest was 11 months old!
So this was our race posse.
On the morning of the race, Cindy and I woke up at 5, got ourselves ready, and moseyed downstairs to meet our compatriots. We ended up meeting these people:
So here's how the race went:
I began, I ran, I ended.
Actually, it was a nice race. Except for the weather
30 degrees with s 30 MILE AN HOUR HEADWIND!!!!!
It was rough. But it did not rain. So I guess we have to be thankful for that.
Since you don't really want to hear the course and a mile by mile breakdown, I'll just give you the cliffnotes version.
It was cold, windy, not sunny. The police and volunteers who stood out in that weather directing race traffic were heroes. The course was pretty fast, with only a couple of hills. There was some neighborhood running which I always love because as I pass the houses I always ask myself how I would make that house better. There was one house with a little girl holding a large pom-pom, hiding behind the storm door. Every now and then, she would stick her little arm out into the cold and shake the pom pom at the runners. I also think she was cheering for us, but it was hard to hear over all that wind. It was really cute.
I was genuinely surprised when I reached mile 9. I felt great- not at all like I had just run 9 miles. So, I downed some "Magic beans", put on my headphones (because I had been running without them), picked up my pace significantly, and ran my little heart out.
I reached the finnish line rocking out the "Eye of the Tiger", a personal favorite.
If you really want to see a picture of me with my medal, you'll have to e-mail me. There's no way I'm posting that. Embarrassing.
But here's an awful picture of the medal:
Karen said that after I ran this race, I would know if I am a runner for life, or just a one-time-gal. I am proud to say, I'm a runner for life.
Dang it. Better find another race!