I hardly slept a wink the night before the race, not sure WHY? Probably all the activity and a bit frazzled from driving in the city, I will run the city any day much more fun than driving :) We made a plan to meet Jill and took Muscle Man's secret map to the start. Zoe, Marlene, Jill + hubby and Jill's friend filled up her awesome minivan. The SECRET route was not so secret as the Rock N Roll Marathon got smart and let the buses off there. Oh well, we were still in great shape.
Made our way to the Brooks VIP Porta Potties, good thing because I have never seen lines so very long.. URGH!! The Brooks toilet paper, flush toilets, and warm water were very VIP, someone has pictures?? I think?
I had posted that we should all try to meet around Corral 6 and look at everyone who showed up!! So fun to start the morning with hugs, meeting people and chatting. Putting faces to Blogs and "knowing" so many wonderful women along the course. This was the BEST pre-race yet.
I scored on pink hats for our trio. I thought it would be easier for us to spot each other with the bright hats. Poor Amanda was freezing thankfully I had a toss away sweatshirt to keep her a little warm. We all were feeling a bit off, I honestly was not sure that I would make it. Mother Nature has not been nice to me the last few days. The Corrals are very organized and started to move. My shoe was driving me nuts so I bent to tie it before we set out.
I had major cramps the first 3 miles, thankfully the plan was to start slow so it was manageable. We laughed at the water at mile 1, seemed a bit early. We also saw a girl with green and purple plaid patterned shorts that bounced up and down to reveal her black thong...URGH!! The race bands, cheerleaders, photographers, supporters and volunteers were AMAZING! As we turned a corner an adorable little runner in white introduced herself as LINDSEY. She had read the Wellness article I was featured in and was running her FIRST MARATHON!! My cramps instantly passed as I chatted with this wonderful runner. We hung together for a bit chatting away as we saw KERRIE in pink with her Camera.
Looks like I am trying to give a High Five.. you can see Lindsey to the left in the photo and Marlene and Amanda to the Right of the tall guy in the middle.
- We stopped a bit too long and got STIFF, oops!! Sorry Marlene. Off we went down the steep hill as the 1/2 marathoners went to Finish. The second half of the race is ROUGH, but we were having a blast and were ready for the miles to come. We both were THIRSTY and could not get enough water, topping off our handhelds often at water stops. Normally I would drink maybe 2 bottles, I think I had 5 1/2 during the race not including Cytomax, WEIRD! The extra water would haunt us at mile 17ish as we NEEDED potty stop #2. I joked with Marlene that she really liked American Honey Buckets :) I was glad we stopped because WOW that was a relief. As we headed up the hill we saw black thong girl AGAIN, her pants seemed a little better, we saw her 4 times during the race.
- The steady 1.5 mile hill was not taking us down, we kept a steady clip only stopping for water. I thanked many of the volunteers and we were serenaded by one of the bands. Funny I never thought I would get so many comments wearing pink, but I heard "Team Pretty in Pink" a lot. I decided I will always wear pink if people call me pretty ;) The Bridge over no water was AWESOME, the views unmatched. I know that on a clear day it would have been even better but the cloud cover kept us cool and comfortable.
- On the way back down I spotted the pretty Team in Training girls Hannah and Michelle, and we yelled.. i loved seeing so many friendly faces along the route. They looked strong headed up the KILLER hill. Mile 20 came and went with no WALL in site. Marlene started to feel off so it was back to the Honey Bucket for potty stop #3, I shook my legs out to the band nearby and hoped the spectator in front would let her go first. She did and we were on our way.
- As we trotted along legs heavy a woman said "thanks ladies," apparently her running buddy had gone on ahead when she had legs cramping and was thanking us for the encouragement. Her name was Heather a local runner working toward her FIRST Marathon, we adopted her for about 3 miles. We chatted and at one point she asked us what college we went to, LOL!!! She was so focused on the road and really did not look at us, we took it as a compliment.
- The turn was PACKED with spectators so I raised my hands to get them to cheer, they humored me :) A man was sporting a Gonzaga Sweatshirt so I yelled "Go Zags!" There they were again my Support crew smiling as I passed, I cannot say thank you enough to those who come to watch races and cheer us on, it means so much!!
- CONGRATS to all those who completed the Rock N Roll Half or Full Marathon!!
- Don't Forget I ran this race for Marathon for the Cure. I will have a dedication post up this week. A HUGE THANK YOU to all those who donated. Once I donate the Bloggy carbo meet-up proceeds the tally will go over $1,700 to Susan G Komen Breast cancer research.