*Disclaimer: This post is really long so feel free to just skip to all the pictures :)
Race recap - Got ready at 5:30 am:
I ordered a cab last night to be at my apartment at 6:00 am this morning.
|A slight coronary occured at this time.|
|Runners and Sunrises make me happy :)|
|Mile 2 was a turn right by the U.S. Capitol|
At mile 12 I was ready to be done, but I just kept saying to myself over and over "do not walk. do not walk. do not walk." When I had about a half mile left in the race, my Nike app on my ipod said to me "Congratulations! You have completed a half marathon!" I told it to F*$# off. When I came around the corner just before RFK stadium I could see the finish line. All I had to do was tackle a little hill at mile 13 and then kick it for the .1 part. Seriously, what a$$hole put a hill at mile 13?? I think I grunted a couple times and then I sprinted my little heart out. I might have had a half-smile on my face at the finish line which is new b/c it's usually the most hideous face that says "I am in extreme pain. Someone help." Today's race was unlike all the rest because I was actually prepared. 2:07:19. Boo ya.
Here is evidence that I zone out when I run. I'm usally ridiculously aware of my surroundings. Today during the chaos of the cab/running to the start line/quick bag drop, I thought I lost my bondi band that says "Operation Shrink a Bootie." Turns out it was around my neck THE ENTIRE RACE! hahaha. I didn't notice until after the race when I asked a stranger to take this pic of me and the head band was in the picture!
After that I went to grab my bag and found out I had to cross the race course of the marathoners. I don't know a more cruel way to torture marathoners than making them run through the area where 1/2 marathoners are stuffing their faces with bagels, bananas, and pretzels. Not only did they have to witness this but they were almost trampled by 1/2 marathoners and spectators trying to either get to the finish line or get to the bag drop. See example below:
After I got my bag (and phone) I got calls from my Grandparents and my friend Amy. Apparently I had spectators at the finish line! :) They didn't see me cross the line, but I was still SO happy they came. It meant so much to me that they were willing to stand out in the cold at 9 am on a Saturday.
|Verda Jo and Samantha Jo :)|
|Holy Cow. This is why I run. That fried ball is potatoes. Nom Nom Nom.|
I know my parents wanted to be here, but my mom sent me this super cute text message when I told her my finish time. I know she was cheering all the way from Florida :)
How is everyone's weekend going so far?
Did you have a race today?
Does your mom say really cool things like "bomdiggity"? ;)
Hope your Saturday is awesome! I'm headed to bed so I can take a nap before TWO birthday parties tonight. I might sleep all of Sunday.