Okay, I will start this recap the day before on Friday. We both got off work a little early, and headed down to hit the pasta feed and packet pick up. Note: the packet pick up was from 5-8, but the pasta feed was from 5-6:30. I wished they would have had the pasta feed later, or from 5-8 at least, but I am sure there was a reason for those times. For those of us traveling, it made it tough to get off of work and head down that early.
|The kids had fun playing! Thanks Lindsey for snapping these gems!|
The pasta was good, spaghetti with marinara sauce, with the meat separate if you didn't want the meat mixed in. They also had big yummy rolls, salad (which I passed up), tea and lemonade. I later found some cake as well, that Andrew and I shared.
After spending some time hanging out in the parking lot with Lindsey from Livinglovingrunner.com. and letting the kiddos play some, we headed over to our hotel that was so graciously giving us a nice big discount for the race. I dosed myself with melatonin, as I always do the night before, and tried to sleep, but sleep just wasn't in the cards. I couldn't get the room temperature right, so I froze on top of the covers, and sweated like I had been working out when under the covers. Andrew was super restless, something he never is, and woke up several times wanting water. He kept throwing his leg over me, which woke me up every time. I finally settled in, and got some sleep but I swear, right after I got comfortable, my alarm went off.
Lindsey had graciously offered to pick me up and take me to the start line, so Tony and andrew could sleep in. After dressing and heading out, we stopped at the starbucks for some coffee love. I had already had one successful cleaning of my system (if you know what i mean) thanks to nerves, but the coffee helped me make sure everything was cleaned out and ready to go.
I started at the back. I had no plan other than take it easy. I found a nice lady who wanted to go the pace I wanted to go, around 11-11:30. We settled in and talked almost non-stop for about 13 or so miles. She was feeling good at that point, and i was already feeling the heat, so I told her to head out and I would see her later. I really, really enjoyed her conversation and companionship. We ran 6 miles in no time at all!!! It was already getting super hot and my face was blood red when we took this picture at mile 10. We had decided to start running 9 tenths of a mile, and walking the other tenth. I am so glad we did, because we both were able to finish thanks to taking it easy at the beginning.
|Took this at mile 26.2. I was SO hot and so ready to be done!|