|Me, wearing my new bling|
Now, for the better: There was so much to be happy about despite my disappointing finish time.
- Of course, the main thing... I FINISHED. After all, that was the primary goal of the day, wasn't it?
- Next, my dear, sweet, patient sister in law ran the entire thing with me... crummy pace and all. Heather stuck by my side and supported me and encouraged me throughout. We crossed the finish line together.
- We were so happy about the weather... it had been predicted to be rainy all week and come race time, despite some pretty big ugly clouds floating around, it was actually dry throughout almost the entire race. We were sprinkled on for just a couple of minutes about mile 11, but that was it. In fact, it was so nice out that I actually got just a little bit of sunburn on my face.
- I had honestly been a little apprehensive about the route. I wasn't thrilled about the fact that it was a loop that we had to run... twice... but even more than that, I used to live out near the race route and wasn't sure of how much farmland vs business park we would get... and running through a bunch of business parks for the Hippie Chick run just seemed wrong. I am glad to report that I was unwarranted in my fears. The route was only a couple of miles in the business park district and then the rest of it was throughout very nice rural areas. The elevation changes were slight and gradual and the views were really nice.
- Mimosas! We were treated to mimosas after the race... alas, they were way too small and I think Heather & I both downed them in less than 30 seconds... we could have each drank about 5 a piece, they were so yummy... and they really hit the spot after the run.
- My family was awesome! We had been planning a cookout at my brother & Heather's place all week. Heather spent all of Thursday cooking like a crazy person (she's the cook, not me), so my DH and I provided the steaks (Gartner's flatiron - yum!) and the wine. Mom showed up with balloons for both Heather and me as well as coffee gift cards.
- Then, unbeknownst to me, my mom & Heather had conspired and got me this adorable necklace to commemorate the completion of my first half. It was created by "Gracie & Me" who offer their designs for sale on Etsy. I have seen their items in the past and have loved them, so I was super excited to receive one as a gift. They also, with the help of my niece, gave me flowers for the occasion. I was truly awestruck and humbled by their generosity and their genuine support of me through this whole endeavor.
All in all, I'm happy to report that yesterday is a day that I will look back on with fond memories despite the less than stellar pace. For me, that was just one part of the overall experience of a really special day for me.
|Me, looking tired, wearing my new bling part 2|