|Becky & Jeff <3|
We stayed up late chatting and then got up kind of early Saturday to get breakfast and head to down town Cincinnati to the Expo. The Expo was kind of amazing. It was HUGE and so perfectly organized.
I got my bib and went through the vendors to get my shirt, I did have a detour when I saw armbands that will hold my iPhone 5 in the otterbox and it is hot pink. (I am bummed I didn't get the 13.1 sticker that was pig since you can only get it at the expo poop). Got my shirt, poster, dufflebag and also got my bib activated. After that we headed to the hotel to check me in. I am not sure why but I got a 2 room suite and it was only $128 since I was there for the race. The whole city LOVES this race and they treat the runners as such.
We then headed back to Jeff and Becky's to hang out for awhile because Jess's prom was that night and we wanted to see them off. As you can see Jeff and Tom were thrilled with the kids getting ready for prom.
We then headed out to an AHMAZEING dinner of way too much food and I got dropped off at the hotel since it was close to the start line and I had to be there at 6am LOL. I laid out my stuff from the expo and my outfit for the next day. I kept checking the weather all day in preparation for the next day, it was supposed to rain.
|Race day outfit with the awesome training shirt I bought a few months ago.|
|Why is 5am so damn early?!?!?|
I was supposed to be in Corral F based upon expected finish time but I stayed in H because I heard the hills were super hard and I didn't want to be in anyone's way. Only problem is Corral H was for the walkers.....Whatever I was just trying to have fun. While I was waiting I met Riley, he was there running his first ever race. He was just so excited I couldn't help but get excited too. I wished him a great first race and off he went.
It took about 40 minutes to get across the start line but then I was off. The crowds are out even in the rain and early hour. From the beginning I was tired so I started with my run/walk pretty early on but I was busy taking pictures anyway. Pretty early on we headed over the first bridge and into Kentucky.
We were not in Kentucky for very long, I think 2 miles or so before we headed back to Ohio but where were were in Kentucky was interesting to say the least.....
|100th Marathon?!?!? NICE!|
|They DO exist LOL|
|Who knew you could buy kinky.....|
Once we crossed back into Ohio we headed into downtown Cincinnati and there were fantastic crowds. This was the 4-6 mile part of the run and that is always when I feel the best and this was no different plus the crowd support is always a great motivator.
|My favorite sign ever|
|We were heading to mile 5 and crossing over the lead runners at mile 10-11!!!|
|I love Spiderman and a cheesehead one is even better.....I didn't even notice Riley until I downloaded this picture LOL|
|You see how far uphill we had to run here......we crossed that bridge!!!|
I put my camera away at this point because we were just running and chatting so I was missing all the good pictures anyway. I found out Riley had never run a race before and he wasn't even in town for it just at the last minute a friend wasn't running so he ran in his place. When we hit 11 miles or so the rain started but we just didn't care we were almost done. We turned a corner and I pointed out the Finish "Swine" (best race ever) to Riley and his face lit up like a kid on Christmas. I told him to go for it and he took off. I had hoped to find him again after but with 33 THOUSAND runners the finish area was hectic. The Finish Swine for the marathoners was next to us and there were people finishing that at the same time....YIKES!
I got through the finish area and then just started to head back to the hotel.....it was a loooong 1 mile walk and yes uphill and it was raining pretty hard now. After I got back to the hotel I took finish pictures and Tom, Jeff & Becky came and got me. I checked out and we headed out to eat.
|According to my Garmin the course was 1/4 mile too long.....|
|I can't wait to do it again!!!|