Hello friends! I know you all have been anxiously awaiting my race recap (jk, but maybe you have), so I won’t make you wait any longer.
Friday night we went over to Sean and Brandy’s house because Sean made us an amazing Spaghetti dinner (Thanks so much Sean!).
It was perfect, homemade meatballs mmm mmm mm! I get hungry just looking at that picture, here is another one, in case that one didn’t tickle your belly.
Saturday morning I got up at around 4:30 and I could not go back to sleep, so I literally laid in bed for a half an hour until my alarm went off, then hopped in the shower and got ready to head out. Lauren came over so that she could ride with Erik and I to the race. All was going according to plan until we got to the Smithsonian Metro stop and they made us sit around for fifteen minutes, and then proceeded to tell us we had to get off of the train! WTF, are you serious?! Needless to say there was a LOT of unhappy runners.
One train came by… completely packed…at that point I sprinted to the front of the station and was successful when the next train rolled in.
Arrived at Stadium-Armory metro station at around 8:06am, awesome, I’m late, and I have to pee (double awesome). Luckily Brandy was already there AND was waiting in line to use the nasty porta johns (ew, seriously ew), so yes I cut and used the bathroom after she did. We dropped off our stuff, and headed to the starting line, 30 min later we were starting the race!
Meanwhile, you want to know what DC looks like at 8am on a Saturday, some amazing pictures Erik took!
This is the only time you will see the streets of DC look this empty… when the roads are closed.. ha
Back to racing…
Mile 1- wow I feel awesome, this is gonna be a great race.
Mile 2- Yup still feeling good, might need some water… texting and running to see where Erik and Lauren would be.. Also took this picture…
Mile 3- water…check, still feeling good.. (some race pics Erik took)
Mile 4- hills, not too crazy, but not great (more pics)
Miles 5-6, and maybe even mile 7 (I can’t be too sure): unbelievably hilly, and sweaty, need water now. This is where we saw Erik and Lauren! WOOT.
Miles 7-9 were a bit of a blur, but I was chugging along.. until.. oh man I have to pee again.. seriously?
….stopped for who knows how long to pee because some chick in front of me took her sweet time… Oy!
Mile 10-11- “Oh man this is the furthest I have ever run, go me…” 3 seconds later.. oh this is gonna hurt…. This is where I hit my wall….
Mile 12- Okay I can do this.. Anyone can run one more mile.. come on.. go go go .. Hill *insert profanity*
also please look closely at the two women in the nude suits…..
Mile 13- omg I am almost done.. yes yes whoooooo…. Had to stop to catch my breath, got a bit lightheaded and excited.. ran to the finish
Mile 13.1..I cannot even put my hands up.. is this real life?
I was not feeling good. Biggest mistake I made (don’t yell at me) I was so excited and nervous about my race I did not think to eat breakfast! Yea I know. I had a banana, and a Gu.. stupid… That was my problem. Afterwards I was covered in salt… literally grains of salt….it was nasty. I had to sit down and chug 2 bottles of water and Gatorade until I got back to my normal self. But overall it was an amazing race. An amazing feeling to know that I did it!
Afterwards we went over to Philippe and Oriana’s house and had some drinks and pizza…..while we watched all the people attempt to get on the metro… at the same time… what a mess.
Best part about this entire experience…. On our way home, a little boy tapped me on the back and when I turned around said, “I have diabetes, thank you!”- o.m.g. seriously, I have never felt so amazing. I feel like I actually made a difference. He was a very sweet little boy, and I hope that he knows he really made my day! Raising money for a charity is rewarding enough on its own, but to see a little kid who has diabetes and know that the money I raised could help him… simply amazing. I want to run the Shamrock Half marathon next March in Va beach, I hear it’s a very flat course, yes please sign me up!
I hope everyone has a great day!