Sunday, November 24, 2013
*My ride showed up, almost on time, and got us to the expo in plenty of time to pick up our packets.
*Didn't have to sleep on the floor. Someone I don't know didn't show up and I got the bed meant for her.
*Two cats visited me in the middle of the night and sometimes I might have been annoyed or sleepily frightened, but I wasn't. They were so sweet.
*I slept as well as I've ever slept the night before a race.
*We got up at 4:45am in order to be on time for a 7am race.
*I stayed with 4 strangers and 1 acquaintance (plus cats) and they made me feel welcomed and comfortable. Very, very nice people. Smart and funny, too.
*The young people I thought might be noisy and up late took the race very seriously and went to bed early. (They ran under 2 hours.)
*I found ONEKIDSMOM and her cousin without problem.
*It was a cloudy 69 degree day -- not pretty, but a great running day. At least it was a pretty blue sky day for Barb the day before.
So not one of the things I'd worried about (not having a ride, not getting to packet pick up in time, not being able to sleep, feeling unwelcomed in a stranger's house, and not being able to find Barb) came true.
*Team Ladybugs looked great. I kept the wings and antenna on the entire race, and I had not been sure that would be possible.
*I felt good and strong throughout the event.
*My camera was too big to carry and I didn't even have a car to go put it back into, so I didn't get any pictures. However, lots of people did take pictures and I'm sure I'll get some to post later. (My wallpaper shows the Ladybug costume I wore today.)
*I didn't get to spend much time with Barb before or after the race since I was dependent on others for transportation.
*We finished strong, passing 147 people in the last 4 miles.
*Barb and I did end the race in an upright position, smile on our face, and knowing that we will run again.
*We got our beautiful finishers medals. Mine has already taken its place of honor in the center of the medal rack.
*Barb pointed out that I now am qualified to join the Half Fanatics. I glanced at the website. I could go in at the Neptune level since I finished 2 half marathons in 16 days or less. (15 days actually) Not sure I need that membership, but it's nice to have the option.