Thursday, June 30, 2011

I Wanna Rock!

So, a few months ago TriGuy made an offhand comment asking me if I would want to run the Rock and Roll Half.  I might have mumbled something like:

Several weeks after that, I got an email:

Say whaaaa???  Apparently TriGirl and TriGuy were going to run a half.

The week of the race was upon us.  I was not really prepared, but knew I could run that distance, I mean I've done it two whole times in my entire life.  We went to the expo the day before and I had my first bloggy meetup!  I perused the expo and went to lunch with some seriously in-shape runners!

They were (from left to right):

Mel from Tall Mom on the Run who ran the half just for fun.
Jess from Blonde Ponytail who also ran it just for fun.
Amanda from 5 Miles Past Empty; also ran it for fun.
Stacie from Impossible is Nothing who is a Half Fanatic.
Kerrie from Mom vs. Marathon who ran the full marathon.
Jill from Running to Sanity and her friend Diana. FULL MARATHON for them too!!

(Who ARE these women???? I want to be like them.)

Chelsea from Will Run for Food was sidelined by an injury but was a great cheerleader right by mile 7!

Morning of, TriGuy and I got up at 3:30 a.m., had a quick breakfast, and we were off!  We parked the car and started walking toward the plethora of shuttle busses that would take us to the race.  After waiting about 5 minutes we hopped on with a group of people.

We then proceeded to drive by HUNDREDS of racers who had been lining up for easily 30 minutes on the other side of the building.


The lady sitting beside me confessed she was just a bit nervous.  She had only run a distance of 6 miles to date.  I did my best to not look horrified be supportive.

I discussed this while in line with someone else a bit later who had only ever logged 3 miles! I think it was harder for me to conceal my reaction that time.

I really hope those ladies didn't hurt themselves.

The race started right on time at 7 a.m.    TriGuy was supposed to start in corral 11 and I was to start in corral 27.  There were at least 38 corrals for the 26 THOUSAND runners (that's thousand with a "tttthhhhh").  

Anyway, TriGuy decided to run with me, which was awesome sauce!  And it only took a scant 40 minutes for our corral to make it to the start line!  



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