At the beginning of February I had the idea to see if my sista from anotha mista wanted to come up to celebrate her birthday at the same time. Once I told her we were right across from Strawberry Fields she was sold.....I know what she likes :)
|Turkey Day 2004|
|View from 59th Street bridge.|
|Gabby took this picture from THE HALLWAY of the hotel LMAO|
|Trying to find a plug Gabby found this picture of safety HAHAHA|
Gabby found a grilled cheese place she wanted to go to so we went to dinner. It was only about 10 blocks away. We were not disappointed.
|So many choices|
|Grilled cheese and tater tots - dinner of champions!!|
|Try to tell me it isn't perfect for me.......|
The weather was better than it had been so I changed up my outfit for the next day. Still long sleeve and jacket but the non lined pants so I would not overheat.
We went to bed, the plan was I would get up and go and Gabby would meet me along the course as we were doing 2 large and 1 small lap of the park. The bed was so uncomfortable!!!
I was up on time but still nervous about missing the bus or getting on the wrong one so I rushed to get ready and head to the bus stop. I got on the right one but I forgot my power bar fruit puree and water. Yup I was about to run 13.1 miles on an empty stomach and with no water before the start.
I got to the start and hit the portopotty, saw and hugged June and headed to the start. It was a long wait until the start so I was freezing. We were told to be there at least an hour ahead of time but that was way too much. I tried stretching and stood in the sun. While waiting I took some pictures. I also sent Gabby a text to meet me at on 72nd St. as I came around for a second time from the small loop. She said OK. (more on this later)
I sent Gabby a text when I hit mile 10 to let her know I was going to be about 35-40 more minutes sine I had to go back up Cat Hill. I came around the turn to the finish and she was there cheering. There is nothing like having someone at the finish line for you. She took a video but I can not get it to upload here. I got my swag and snacks and we jumped into a cab headed back to the hotel.
Gabby knows what I like and she dropped me off an headed out to give me some alone time to relax and shower. I sent a text to Tom to let him know I was done and of course post on Facebook. She came back, we checked out and tried to find breakfast. That was not as easy as you would think but we found a place. Right after we ordered I realized that I forgot my garmin at the hotel. I was not pleased. I called them and they said they would go up and get it but I had to rush through breakfast because I just wanted to get it back. We got back there and they had it! Thank goodness. I wonder if I was more upset about losing the watch or not being able to upload my race info...LOL
Well Gabby dropped me off at the train station and we both went home. All in all I think she had a fun birthday weekend and I was so grateful she was there with me. Just 6 days until my next half marathon......