Thursday, October 17, 2013
GO STL Recap
Like and other weekend in STL, I always manage to jam pack every moment seeing friends. The Friday before I literally was in STL for an hour before I had a beer in my hand and had my happy ass at the cardinals game (more on that later) Saturday, I spend the day at Eckert’s (more on the later too) I knew If I didn’t go home before 6pm I would have my happy butt bar hopping with friends. Running hung over is something I just never want to do. So I put my sober self to bed at 9:30pm. Jealous much…wait until you hear my super awesome sister hosted a sleep over for H and a friends so THIS girl got to sleep 8 hours kid free. Glorious
The plan was for Marcia to pick me up by 6am. It was so weird getting ready for a race without her. She there to keep me on track. Read: ask me a million questions: Did you eat your banana? Did you drink water? Double tie your shoes? Do you have your iPod? You get my drift. She’s a walking reminder and I love it.
I was ready in no time. So I peed 43 times and stretched until my chariot arrived.
We found a potty (race day = pea size bladder) and headed to the start line. Since Marcia was still recovering from her injury she was running the 5k. They started 30 minutes before the half marathon runners.
30 minutes to kill. Stretch, use the bathroom again. Head to the start line.
7:30 and we are off.
Mile 1: run up hill. Really? Whose idea was this?
Mile 3: still running in darkness. Thankfully the weather is perfect. Pace is good.
Mile 4- 5: wow, this is going pretty good.
Mile 6: stop gets water/Gatorade and a gel. Pick up the pace. Feeling great.
Mile 7-8. I was in a running coma. No thinking just running.
I put my big girl panties on and said hello (I’m sure there was some heavy breathing, this girl can’t run and hold a conversation) Mel was so sweet if you don’t follow her go check her out. Her blog is a cornucopia of sweetish fish, running, and photos of her adorable kids.
Mile 10: I was still running on the high of meeting Mel. Feeling great. I the 2:05 pacers just pass me. I had no idea I was that close.
I had a fantastic time in STL with these girls!