Oh my goodness- what a weekend!! I’m happily camped out on the couch now, not that I have a lot of choice. At this point, walking is on an as-needed basis only. Let’s start with today and work backwards, shall we?
The marathon went great! I was super nervous after waking up at 2 this morning and hearing the wind basically shaking the house. It was also pretty darn warm- around 70 at the start line. But I finished in 4:17, which I’m happy with… especially given the not-ideal weather conditions.
Here’s the start line- 17,000 people for the full marathon:
I had the BEST support along the course. Not only were the spectators just generally awesome, handing out water, orange slices, doughnuts and beer (no, I didn’t take any), but I had familiar faces to look for almost every 5 miles or so. Brian was at mile 6, 14 (with Chloe!!), 21 and the finish line, my parents met me at 7, 13, 19 and the finish, my friend Maxey and the gorgeous May family were around mile 15 (see their photos here), Joy was at 21, and the Barteau’s were at 19 and waiting at the finish. Plus all of the well-wishes and donations on the blog. There is NO WAY I could have crossed that finish line without you guys. Every time I started feeling crappy, I would look up and see someone cheering and get an extra little boost.
Approaching the finish line… smiling only because I can finally stop running:
And afterwards, with Brian:
With my parents:
And with the Barteau’s:
Afterwards we grabbed a turkey burger at Twisted Root, and then I took a 2 hour nap with the pug. At this point I am SO sore. My feet are killing me and I’ve lost another toenail. Gross. But it was a great experience and I’m so glad I did it (and that it’s OVER!!).
On a sad note, I just read that a 29-year old woman from Austin collapsed and died on the route at mile 21. I saw several people on the ground along the way, and a few on stretchers. It was just too hot.
So back to the rest of the weekend- if you’re still with me!
First off, Friday night we picked up my race packet at the convention center. I scored some pretty sweet swag, as you can see here:
Apparently Chloe wanted her mini tennis ball in the photo, too. From left to right: Stacy’s pita chips, 100 cal pack of guacamole, prevention magazine, some little shots of glucosamine, a Tylenol pedometer, Curel lotion, mini Larabars (PB!! and Chocolate Mint), Powerbar cola-flavored snacks that I’m a little scared to try, and a Cliff bar.
Afterwards we had a nice little date. Dinner at Patrizio’s in Highland Park Village (LOVE that place). We split the Hearts of Palm Salad:
For dinner I had Angel Hair with Marinara, Chicken and Mushrooms. Digging the rosemary sprig.
Highland Park Village is absolutely gorgeous at Christmas. They light up all of the trees, but this photo doesn’t really give it justice.
Guess what we did afterwards?? Went to see Twilight! I actually really liked it. It was cheesy, but in a good way. I didn’t think I would be a big fan of Robert Pattinson. But boy was I mistaken… hehehe. Can’t wait for New Moon!
Saturday was basically just Christmas shopping and getting ready for the race, so nothing exciting to report.
Hope everyone had a great weekend!
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