The breakfast set up was nice, it was a shame I cannot really eat much before a half! I grabbed a bagel, and left it plain, which was probably a mistake. It tasted.... off. I don't know what it was, maybe freezer burn? I choked down about a quarter of it, and called it a day!
We drove to the start, mostly because Gigi twisted her ankle earlier in the week, and we were not sure how she would feel afterwards! The start was less than a mile from the hotel.
There was ample parking, which was a nice treat, and we spotted Eileen and Carol leaving the lot, so we knew that they would be easy to find!
|Thank you, random stranger, for taking this pic of us!|
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At the start, someone did fall and seemed to be in a lot of pain! I hope she was okay!
We started walking towards a group of people before realizing the food was at a gazebo in the other direction, about 5 minutes walk from the start. Behind the start, sort of. And no one was directing anyone there. We just missed the costume contest, where one of the winners was the guy who won last year. In the same costume that he wore last year. Really? There were no other costumes as good as the recycled costume?
So there was plenty of food. In fact, we were told to take handfuls of everything because there was so much. Water? Not so much. Spectators were walking around with 6 bottles of it, but none for the actual runners.
We went back to the start to wait for Kim, and cheer her in. Gigi even ran back a ways to run in with her. She was so happy we waited!
Someone brought some small cups of water over, so we finally got our water, about 20 minutes or more after we finished.
We had to rush back to the hotel so we would make our late checkout time. We must have smelled pretty ripe, because the manager gave us an extra 15 minutes! Score!
I even managed to climb the Fitbit leaderboard. I usually hang around #8 or so.
The race was also poorly run, again, and this will be my last time. Just like last year, I am still hoping for photos, but so far there are none of me or Gigi. I am not optimistic.
#8 of 14 Half Marathons is done!
Have you ever run a race and just felt.... meh.... about it?