So when I saw that Rock n Roll Phoenix was in January I was sold! One of the best parts of this is that Tom would actually want to come with me to visit Eric and Linda!! I figured a 4 day weekend would be awesome so I booked everything. In hindsight I should have added at least one more day because it is on the other side of the country so Friday and Monday were all travel.
We landed and picked up our rental car and headed to Eric & Linda's. Something neat was that at the Phoenix airpot's car rental is a whole second airport like facility. Huge and perfectly organized. We went right out to dinner as we were all hungry. The restaurant was OK but the dessert was EPIC!!!
|Giant Cotton Candy!!!!!!!|
After dinner I packed up and headed to Tempe to spend the night in the hotel. Tempe was also super quiet! So weird. I laid out my outfit and watched a Will & Grace marathon since I had to be up at 6 to leave the hotel at 6:30 to walk the 3 blocks to the start. Start time was 7am**** after all.
My first race wearing my Digital Running shirt as an ambassador. I was pretty excited and decided to wear as much green as possible. Luck of the Irish LOL I was going to need it since I had not run in a month for sure. I had already decided that I was just going to take it slow and not care about how long it would take me. I did wish I was not there alone but I had my camera and I was in a state I had never been to before.
I was up before my alarm for the first time ever I think. I am thinking the time difference had a something to do with that. Drank my tea and headed out. It was chilly but nothing like it was at home in NY that is for sure!! I got to this parking lot that was FILLED with porta potties but no people.....where the heck is everyone it is 15 min before start time....
|I even had to unwrap the toilet paper......|
|Even the corrals were empty, WTF???|
The sun finally started to come up and people started to file into the corrals. I was cold, pissed and bored when two ladies that were standing next to me started chatting with me and even took a trip to the porto potty with me. They live in the area and had done this race before. Sandra also was just getting over being sick so she said she was going to be taking it easy. With out saying anything we all just decided to stick together for the race and I was BEYOND thrilled!
|Mother and Daughter BFF Team Tracy & Sandra|
|You can see how cold we were LOL (I bought pics already)|
I won't lie I could feel how long I had not run in my legs and lung right away. Buuuuuut at the same time it felt good to be moving. From the very first step I was so grateful for Tracy and Sandra being there with me and even thought I didn't like her not feeling well and having a hard time but I was soooooooo relieved Sandra was suffering from bronchitis and had to take it slow because I don't think I would have been able to keep up with them otherwise. We walked quite a bit but we chatted, took pictures and I saw some beautiful scenery.
|And your excuse for not doing a half marathon is what?!?!?|
|Not sure what happened......|
|This vet office had separate entrances for dogs and cats - brilliant!|
|ASU Engineering school - neat!|
|Cacti in real life!!|
We came upon my very favorite water stop / mile marker. It was the PF Change stop and there were Taiko Drummers!!! It was AWESOME!!!
We headed back down the hill and into the last 3 miles of the course. We were all so tired by this point and even though we were enjoying each other I think we all just needed to be done already. I found myself looking at my watch much more often to watch the distance slooooooowly tick by. Finally we came to the bridge that was just before the 13 mile mark and then down and around the bend to the finish.
|We were so happy to be done|
We met up with Tracy and Sandra's husband who were awesome and drove me back to my hotel because I was sore!! I am quite confident that I made two forever friends during this race and THAT is the best part of the entire day. I can't wait for them to come to visit me here in NY!!! However the medal is pretty awesome too.
I didn't have very much time back at the hotel so I called Tom and told him I would be back soon. I took a shower and put on some compression socks to help with how sore my legs were. I did bring compression capris to wear but it was too warm for 2 pairs of pants LOL.
|Gotta love hotel wallpaper lmao|
|Eric and I|
|Tom and I|
|Linda and I (she is not that short lol)|
The airport was super fast and we were on our way home as the sun came up.
|I am not sure why this is uploading blue but if you saw it on my Instagram it was better LOL|
|Sunrise colors on the plane|
|This also uploaded strange.....I guess you all just need to follow my Instagram :)|