It was required that everyone attend the expo to pick up their own packet. This is the first race I have ran that would not let friends pick up for you. A bit of a pain, but the expo was good.
|Doug, Randee and I went to the expo on Saturday afternoon.|
|Apparently they want you to Run Happy and not Bitchy. The Happy Runners....nah.|
|We did LOTS of shopping!|
|Doug was very amused by the Human Jesus Lizard sign.|
We knew from the White Rock Lake Marathon that traffic could be a nightmare. We left at 5am for the 8am start. It ended up being perfect.
|This was my first race that started and ended at different points. We parked at Fair Park (the finish) and they shuttle you to the start line.|
|Randee and Brittany. Is her tongue on that nasty glass?|
|Randee pointing out her boobs. As if we did not notice those big ol' things.|
|All us girls ended up sporting our new compression socks.|
|I think we're becoming real runners. Randee popped a squat by the dumpster. Don't say gross. You know your laughing.|
|Doug and I. Ahhh.|
|The cool kids, Brittany and Talia.|
|The dorks, Randee and me.|
|Randee and Brittany cheesing it up on the school bus...aka shuttle.|
|Why's Doug's head so blurry?|
|Talia looks like she is in her bathrobe.|
|Even after popping a squat, Randee wanted to try out the un-poop filled potties.|
|Ha! Randee and Happy in the same picture. Funny!|
|We were peeing like rockstars. You didn't know that rockstars squat?|
|The Start Line Village. They had areas for water, food, medical, and a crap load of other things.|
|Doug was a happy man! Nice butt Talia.|
|Brittany lookin' all fly.|
Then we found Alecia from Tin Can Treader and her dad.
|They rocked a 2:11:35. They had the exact same finish time, but they placed Alecia one spot above her dad. She was quite happy about that.|
Funny side note. Randee put 1:30 as her estimated finish time when she registered. She was in corral 1. Thankfully elite runner Randee was kind enough to move back and start with me.
|Our view for about half an hour. They did a wave start.|
|Last minute self portrait.|
|5K done. Why we have our mouths wide open I have no idea.|
|10K done. Half of each of our heads.|
|15K done. How do my nose hairs look?|
There was water every couple of miles and every other stop also had Cytomax. I actually liked the Cytomax and I never like sports drinks. Around mile 8 they also had Gu. Each replenishment station had plenty of supportive and entertaining volunteers.
My official finish time was 2:16:05. I was hoping for 2:15:00. I had a little left in me when I finished. I could have done it. Only the last two miles seemed to go on forever. However, I only died about 2 times. Not my typical 18.
|Randee did great for her first half - 2:17:54.|
|The Sweaty Runners.|
Mile 1 - 10:33 (due to traffic that was nearly impossible to get around)
Mile 2 - 10:32
Mile 3 - 10:21
Mile 4 - 10:11
Mile 5 - 10:33
Mile 6 - 10:14
Mile 7 -10:43 (this mile had the hardest incline)
Mile 8 -10:31
Mile 9 - 10:16
Mile 10 - 10:11
Mile 11 - 10:30
Mile 12 - 10:03
Mile 13 - 9:50
.1 - 8:32 (my sprint to the finish & I swear I was peeing on myself)
|We had to wait in the cold for a while, but we got to see Doug cross the finish line. He had a huge smile on his face and was punching the air. Not sure what that was about, but proud of him.|
Talia finished in 2:09:41.
Brittany finished in 2:06:41.
There was a ton of water, sports drinks, bagels, bananas, and other options at the finish line. Even as the last runners were finishing there was more then enough left.
We did not stay to enjoy the concert or festivities. It was drizzling and cold. And there were no wraps. Bummer.
Doug and I joined Alecia, my parents and all the kids for lunch at Boston's. We were ravenous.
|Alecia and Doug were so hungry they were gnawing on their medals.|
|My lovely mom and Audrie. It was Audrie's 9th birthday!|
|We considered wearing our medals to work on Monday.|
|My dad came to lunch like this.|
|And then went to the grocery store in this. Sexy don't you think?|