The Friday before the race I took off of work and as soon as Danielle got out of work we headed to PA. The usual 2 hour trip took us over 4 due to traffic. We were stressed, hungry and annoyed when we got to the expo. I expected an well run super expo machine. Nope it was lame. I am hoping because we were late and that all the people we had to deal with were tired is why it was no fun.
After the expo we headed to Jessica's house and hung out for awhile. Danielle went to bed early as she had to go to her first 2 races of the weekend early in the morning. That night we all went out to dinner to celebrate my birthday and Peyton's birthday too.
We were up early and headed to the race. We were there super duper early and it was cold. As we were in the car I looked on Facebook and I found out that the woman who cared for me as a child passed away. I was heartbroken but I didn't want to bring down everyone's spirits so I didn't say anything. She cared for me and other children for many years but the special thing was that for a couple of us we became parer of her already huge family. (She had 8 kids of her own and still took in others) She was like a grandmother to me. I am pretty sure that every child she cared for is a better person now because of it. The last time I saw her was at my wedding, I was so happy she was able to come. It wouldn't have been the same with out her.
|Mrs. Dunn, Margaret (her daughter and the person I always looked up to most) and me|
I love this picture of Adam and I we have been friends for almost 20 years and never in that time would either of us thought that one day we would be getting ready to do a half marathon together. It was AWESOME!! Fun fact...we all stayed with Jessica and Brian for this and I was the Maid of Honor and Adam was the Best Man in that wedding <3 Awwwwe.
|It was a chilly but beautiful morning.|
|Seriously we were at the back and this is how close we are to the start.|
We just kept going chatting with each other and everyone along the course.....THIS is how I like to spend my long races. Danielle and Kim were excited when we came to this big star LOL
|I am not even sure what was going on here.....|
|Looking up a very long hill....doesn't look too bad right?|
|Think again....it SUCKED|
|as a matter of fact......|
|Who knew I was supposed to live in Bethlehem PA????|
I was bummed at the 7 mildish area because I realized that when I went to the bathroom at mile 4 I accidentily shut my garmin off....must have hit the button when i used my arm to open the door.....porto potties are gross. When we were close to mile 10-11 Danielle and Kim got so excited because we were coming to a cemetery they say the day before....they were laughing like little girls it was so funny. Why you ask......well this.
|Ribbed for her pleasure.......LMAO|
|I did order this......|