First off, a huge thank you to all my friends and family for encouraging me, supporting me, and cheering me on. All of you kept me going in my training when I would’ve quit! Second, I’d like to thank the Pitbull Pandora station for keeping my spirits up during my run. My friend, Amanda, and I are in different states now, but we both run to that station and have had many conversations about some of the songs so whenever one of those came on, it was like she was there with me. Finally, to all the spectators along the race route cheering us on and holding up signs, you mean so much more to all of us runners than you can possibly know! Thank you for taking the time to be out there for us. A special thank you to the woman right around mile marker 5 with the sign that said, “I don’t even know you, but I’m so PROUD of you!” That sign made me choke up, and made for an emotional rest of my run. Even thinking about it now and remembering what I was feeling then, makes me a little teary. That’s one of those moments I’ll never forget.
One more very special thanks to our friend, Kim, who drove all the way out there just to be there for our group at the finish line. You are an amazing friend for being there like that for all of us, and it was such a welcome sight to see someone from home there for us. Thank you for holding my stuff when I felt woozy after the race, and for opening my Gatorade when my hands were shaky and my brain fried.
Looks like I’ll be doing this recap in segments because it’s already getting long, and I haven’t even gotten to the race stuff yet! Let’s talk about Friday first, shall we? I’ll get to the actual race in my next post.
So Friday, I was a bit of a mess. I was ok while I was busy packing and getting ready, but once I had a little time to myself, the nerves kicked into overdrive. At 12:30, my friend Adrienne showed up so we could drive up together. A quick McDonald’s stop for lunch and pee break, and we’re off! Once we hit the meat of Denver, we ran smack into insane traffic, so we tried to detour through side streets instead of staying on the freeway. It still took us 45 minutes to get the 10 remaining miles to the hotel! I had to pee so badly, so by the time I finally got out of the car at the hotel I was walking like a little old lady. Every step felt like my bladder was about to burst, and I would’ve cried had I been alone.
After my 10-minute pee in the hotel bathroom, we met up with the rest of our group in the lobby. While checking in, I asked the guy at the desk if there was any chance we could get upgraded to a suite. A quick look at the computer revealed they did have one, so he hooked us up. Score!! It totally helped that there 5 of us women together, and we’re all pretty hot. He also let us park both our cars and just charged us for one. It was $24 to self-park in the garage!! That’s crazy to me! It really helped that we only had to pay $24 and not $48. The extra space in the room was great since there were 5 of us together!
Once we were all settled, we hit the expo. The Rock & Roll people sure do an expo right! That was the biggest race expo I’d ever been to. So many vendors! We could’ve easily spent all day there, but sadly we only had about 1.5 hours before our dinner reservations. I loved seeing my hydration belt people there! I talked 2 of my friends into buying an ifitness belt at the expo. For me, I onlybought my 13.1 sticker for my van, and a shirt for Abby. She runs in the local running club through her school, so she wore it to school today since she has practice right after.
Dinner after the expo was amazing! We went to Maggiano’s and had the requisite pasta dinner, and a pint of beer. One of the members in our group said she recently read a study that said one beer the night before a race is supposed to help you run faster. That’s all we needed to hear! A quick trip to Walgreen’s for water and provisions after dinner, and we were back in our room for the night. We stopped by the pool to check out the hot tub, but there wasn’t one! Talk about a letdown! Oh well, we were all ready to settle in for the night anyway. Alarms were set for buttcrack of dawn, and we were in bed by 9pm so we’d be well-rested and ready for the next day.
Stay tuned for the rest of the story…