So here I am over a month late finally writing the recap of the most important race of the year.
As you all know I was fundraising for this all year. I hosted a virtual run and also a paint nite along with flooding Facebook, twitter, Instagram and this blog with posts asking for donations. And thanks to all the donations I raised just under $3600 for Team Chris! I can not thank you all enough!!
Well all of a sudden it is the end of October and Colleen and I are boarding a plane for DC. The flight was on my 42nd birthday and was delayed 6 hours. So I headed to work for a few hours before heading to the airport. They had some sort of selfie station set up so we of course had to take pictures.
We got to BWI, jumped in the rental car and headed to the expo. Because of the delay we were rushing and finding the parking garage at the expo was not the easiest. We were only able to get one loop of the expo in because we needed to meet up with the team for the Friday night hang out. I knew there was going to be some sort of birthday thing for me happening as that is the way of Team Chris LOL I was right, there was singing, yelling, cake and shots to be had. I wish I took some pictures. Seems like if there are not gorgeous Marines I forget I have my camera LOL
Saturday morning Colleen, Katie and I headed to the runners brunch. I had no idea it was usually a run but not this year. It was nice and we got to listed to Bart Yasso and meet him too. BONUS!!
Not much else happened on Saturday, but that night we had the team dinner and the ceremony. Both of which are highlights of the weekend except when I get called up in front of everyone as top fundraiser. Now don't get me wrong I was very happy and proud that I was but getting up in front of everywhere is one of the worst things EVER. I was given a bracelet with Chris' name on it and a special coin which was a huge honor and now I am in front of people with a red face and tears.....jeeze.
After dinner we headed back to our rooms to get ready for tomorrow and try to get some sleep. We laid out our outfits and all the things we hoped to not forget and that is when I opened my garmin case and guess what was not in side.....you guessed it MY FREAKING GARMIN WAS NOT THERE!!!!!!
I had a bit of a panic and I walked over to the Conlon/Chan room and Kate made everything all better. She remembered that Natalie just bought a new garmin so we asked if I could use hers and she said OK but then Timmy also had his and was at our hotel so I got his. Kerry had a charger for that one too. Crisis adverted!! Mostly I just needed it for my run/walk beeps.
So we of course get up at dark o clock in the morning. What wonderful things are also happening when we get up? Well it is raining and I got my period. Really?
Luckily I packed a couple of dollar store ponchos so we got ready and headed to meet up with the team for breakfast, pictures and heading to the start.
We headed to the start and it was pretty unorganized. We got stuck trying to get through metal detectors. Everyone said this was not the way it usually is so I am not sure why it was this year. Once we got through we stopped at the very first porto potties since we figured the ones at the start line would be more crowded. We got to the actual start and the nerves hit. We were scared but excited to get this going. We saw the helicopters and sky divers that started the show which were amazing!!! Took a couple off pictures and we were off!!
|Colleen took this of me and Chris <3|
We thought she finished but she never came so the panic set in again.....we then realized it was a false finish on the app. We heard from the people cheering that she was about to finish...I was waiting right after the finish and we had a good long hug, she got to hug the rest of the penguins and we got her medal. Took more pictures and headed back to the hotel. We also got to say Hi to Alanna, Steve and the girls too.
Just when she thought she wasn't going to cry again....HAHAHAHAHA I was so happy that people helped me with this and didn't think it was a crazy idea.
As per usual a weekend away with Team Chris is unlike any other. These people are not just my friends they are my family and I love the crap out of all of them. Kate summed it up perfectly in a shirt she got made for us.