I had been stalking the weather all week and was not sure what to bring to wear. I had ordered a kilt from Amazon to wear but it didn't arrive on time. I decided on my Digital Running shirt, shorts and rainbow arm warmers. It was supposed to be the upper 40s so that should have been fine.
So Saturday morning I was up at 4 to get my 6:15 flight. It was pretty uneventful. Got my rental car and headed to Party City to get a kilt. That was a success and then I went to check in and rush to the expo. I met up with my friend Darling there, she had been there a couple of days already but likes expos. It was pretty empty so we got my stuff and wandered around for a bit.
|Hydrating and reading|
|Darling and I|
|It actually wasn't that good but that kept me from overeating lol|
One of the greatest things about this group is that at some of the bigger races they not only have a huge group running but they have huge groups there for cheering and support. I remember at the Diva this year they had a tent at the dreaded mile 10 and it was just what I needed. I wasn't even a member of the group then, I am happy to say that now I am :)
Well after dinner I headed back to the hotel to relax some and try to get to sleep early. I was actually going to try to get into a Half Fanatic picture and a Team Tough Chik picture in the morning. I have been in TTC for over 2 years now and a HF for a year and have never made a prerace picture.
I headed out at 6:10 to walk over to the start area. IT.WAS.FREEZING!! OMG! I had a zip up hoodie on over my clothes and was still freezing. Everyone else had sweatshirts or jackets on too so I didn't see any HF Shirts. I did see my online friend Jess who is in TCC, she knew where that picture was going to be taken so we headed over there. I was excited to see Rebecca who I met at Richmond last year.
It was time to head to the corrals and I made the decision to keep my sweatshirt on and not check it. I was too cold. I wished I had stopped and got a throw away or picked up one of the ones I saw on the street the day before LOL.
We headed out and I was feeling good. Of course I got warm quick so I had to tie the sweatshirt around my waist. I was sticking to my 3:1 run/walk. We started along Atlantic Ave past homes and there were spectators out there and quite a few were handing out beer. I don't drink but even if I did I am not sure I would want beer at 7am LOL As we were getting to the end of Atlantic Ave the lead runners were coming out of Fort Story. Even though it means I am a slower runner this is always one of my favorite parts.
|I missed the lead runner as he was so fast!!!! He finished in like 1:07 or something crazy like that!!|
We headed into a park like area with wider roads and tree lined streets. It was probably my favorite part. I was still feeling good. I was keeping my pass under a 13 min mile so I was happy, hoping for a time less that 2:45 and at this rate I would do it.
|As you can see I was tired!!|
|I had to run up to this guy, I saw him at RnR VA Beach too...he runs the whole was with this flag.|
|Notice the man with the flag was STILL in front of me!!|
|I did order pictures so I didn't "steal" these.|
Do you like to travel for races? Do you fly or drive? I fly whenever possible!!!