Fast forward to Wednesday of last week. We decided we could run the same trail as the race, but just do our 9 miles. It is a public trail after all!
Now on with the race report....
I have no idea about packet pickup. The event website still shows TBD, but I'm guessing that all those runners had to pick up their packets somewhere. Also, every finisher gets a medal...(every legal runner that is)....for both the 10K and Half and a shirt and socks.
Brittany, Randee and I met at my house on Sunday morning at 6:00am. Talia was going to meet us at the race. If you read my previous blog you know Randee and I had consumed a bit too much wine on Saturday night and were feeling less than perky. Little Brittany was chipper as ever.
Starbucks was a must, so we zoomed by there and were on our way. Then Talia sent this text.
She was trying to cancel. Brittany was texting for me, and basically we told her to get her clothes on and we were on our way to her house. No cancelling on the Bitchy Runners....no matter how much fun you had the night before!
When arrived at Ms. Thang's house we knew exactly what we would find!
|A slumber party guest....right there in her bed!|
Randee walks right up to the open bedroom door.....and asks loudly....."Are you naked?"
Little Brittany just giggles.
Then I take a picture....for the blog of course!
.......Before leaving Talia's slumber party guest would call her into the room ....."I think someone took my picture!" He's just lucky I didn't walk right into the room and get a close up!
Finally we are in the car and ready to go!
|Talia was super excited we came and got her. Can't you tell?|
|Randee was just as excited. 9 bottles of wine on Saturday night....9 miles on Sunday morning. That's how she rolls!|
|Ugh, the sun hurts my head. Ugh, noise hurts my head. Ugh.....(note to self, saggy boobs and seat belts are not attractive.)|
|I feel great! I'm rockin' my new florescent orange outfit and I'm ready to run. I'm 21 and need to teach you ladies how to handle your drinkin'. SHUT UP!|
We got to the race parking area about 15 minutes before the half start. It was perfect! No traffic. We were not sure where to park. We attempted to find a legal parking spot. No luck....we tried for at least 15 seconds. There was a parking garage where the Exit side was open. So we dashed in there and parked. Hey, we're running illegally we might as well park illegally. We were just a few steps from the start. Perfect parking I tell ya!
We walked down the sidewalk, past the starting area and waited for all of the half marathoners to pass us. The half started at 7:00am and the 10K started at 7:15am. We jumped in right behind the half marathoners and we were off. Bandits on the run!
|Look real hard at this crappy picture and you will see a bright orange light. That's little Brittany.|
They had aid stations every few miles. I had my own fuel belt so I was not paying much attention, however there did seem to be less aid stations then the Hills and Heels races. There was a sprinkler set up around mile 4 and that was nice.
|Parts of the trail are shaded, which was a nice break from the sun.|
We passed the 10K turn around and kept going to the mile 5 marker. Just before mile 5 we saw the Half winner on his return from the down and back. We took a quick break and stretched and I had a few Sharkies.
|We were a sweaty mess, but we were over half done! I'm quite surprised we were not sweating red...from all the red wine we consumed!|
Around this time I posed for a picture with the 1:50 half pacer. I figured it was a once in a life time chance. I'll have to browse the "lost and found" section of the race pictures to find that one! I also was passed by Javier as he was rockin' the half marathon. He really finished right around 1:50. Awesome job.
At the finish line they were calling out names as people approached. We broke off to the side and finished on the opposite side of the sidewalk. Done son! We stayed right around 11 minute miles, which is our weekend long run pace. With the heat and the previous night's fun, I was very happy with the run.
They had a lot of food & festivities after the race; including a live band. I did steal some water at the finish. No one seemed to notice the lack of a medal around our neck or bib on our shirt.
|Brittany enjoying the free food.|
|That was one of only two times we saw Talia smile that day. The other time was when she realized Twin Peaks was having 'kids eat free' day. She about peed her pants with excitement over that one.|
|Leave it to Randee to bitch about free food....but she is looking dang muscular in this picture don't you think?|
|My sweaty self portrait. Could someone please send me some Botox STAT! I seem to have a creator on the side of my face. WTH?|
|One last group self portrait. See how our moods improved after 9 miles kicked our butts? Running will do that to ya!|
|I found Javier after the race. His kids pretty much kicked butt and took 1st place in both of their age divisions for the 10K. His son took 3rd overall. Awesome!|
|Don't mess with the Bitchy Runners!|
Brittany is the only one in this picture that seems to have somewhat of a clue in handling this type of weapon. Randee seems to be holding it as if it were a some sort of rocket propelled grenade launcher and Angie has that butt stock outside rather than inside. Is Brittany the only real gangsta in this picture?
From what I could tell the Wounded Warrior Half was a well organized event. There was a lot going on at the finish. Not a ton of spectators, but the trail makes it hard for spectators to get to. I would pay to run the race in the future to get the medal. However, I'll make sure I get in on early registration. I still think $55 is to much for a 10K!
We got back to the car and were happy to find that it had not been towed due to the illegal parking. We all smelled like butt and wet dog for the ride home.
We kicked Talia out at her house and told her SHE CAN NOT QUIT. As soon as you finish reading this blog I need each and every one of you to leave a comment directly for Talia. She is in a FUNK and wanting to QUIT running. She has wanted to run a MARATHON longer than any of us. She needs a PEP TALK. Please give it to her!
When I got home I was starving half to death. I took a quick shower and the family and I went to Denny's for some chocolate milk and grease.
|I actually had the Fit Omelet with turkey bacon. Not bad.|
Two Thumbs Up for the Wounded Warrior Half and Two Thumbs Up for Bandit Running!