It’s about time we talked racing.
I’m going to recap the first two races since they were on the same day. The epic half marathon that was the very next day needs a post all on it’s own.
Here we go.
Saturday started with an early wake up call and my usual pre race hotel routine with coffee maker made oatmeal and instant coffee.
I’m getting darn good at my hotel oatmeal skills.
I decided I was going to layer a bit and put on my new tank from Free Motion underneath so I could do a quick outfit change. I couldn’t wear the same outfit for two races in row. That’s just not right.
Well look at that, I tried to get all pretty like my friend Skinny Runner. I seriously need some running and make up tips from her.
Since I missed the shuttle Friday morning, I didn’t want to take any chances the morning of the races. Luckily, Amanda let me hitch a ride to the start and get an extra hour of sleep. I owe her an hour of my life. Thanks Amanda.
It was fun riding with friends to the start which was a first for me. I’m usually begging my parents or STUFT Daddy to drop my off somewhere within at least a mile to the race start. Ha.
Our group even made it there with plenty of time to take a few pictures
and use the nice bathrooms instead of port a potties. Gotta love that.
Oh and just in case I didn’t make it to the finish line later I had to take advantage of the chance to take a picture.
When I was ready for the races to start
I headed up to the 7:30 pace group.
I wasn’t exactly sure how I was going to feel or how I would run, so I just kept an open mind and told myself I was just going to have fun. I guess I’m always having fun in my Pro Compression socks and Mizuno Elixirs though.
Oopsies. A little unfortunate for that lady stretching behind me. I’m going to take a wild guess though that she’s not one of the 11 people who read this blog. Ha ha.
I started out a little slow and thought I’d take a few pictures along the course.
Yeah, that’s right. There was an aardvark running. There was no way I was going to run past an aardvark and not take a picture. The lady behind me looks jealous doesn’t she?
Before I knew it the race was over. I don’t know if I’ve actually ever raced a 5K before. It was fast.
Not sure what’s up with my Steve Urkel stance.
I found Katherine pretty quickly. This girl is not only the nicest person ever, but she won second place for her age group. Yep, she’s awesome.
After the 5K and a few pictures with my FitFluential buddies, it was time to take off a layer and get ready for the 10K.
I ditched two of my shirts, scarfed down a vanilla GU and a banana and then headed back to the 10K start. Oh how convenient, I found a new stranger to take another picture.
Then I met up with Michele.
You all should know this amazing mama ran the 10K and just had a baby 4 weeks ago. Yeah, she’s that awesome.
We were off.
I only took two action shots during the 10K, although I wish I would’ve taken more.
The course was a little hilly, but beautiful. At one corner there was even a police officer on a freaking horse directing traffic and runners. How cool is that? I thought about stopping for a picture, but just couldn’t do it. I definitely should’ve taken a picture of the horse though instead of this one.
One thing I noticed was everyone on the race course being so friendly. Most of the racers would thank the police officers as they ran by. I’ve never heard anything like it. I wish every race was that friendly.
Well, before I knew it the 10K was over too.
My pace was about a 7:10 mile.
Again with the Steve Urkel thing. Weird.
Katherine, Michele and I all met up pretty quickly at the finish.
I was super excited they were handing out bananas at the finish line. I’d been in search for one since I’d been in Bethlehem. It’s one of the few things I always want to have on hand before a race. I took a couple extras just to be sure I had the perfect one for the half marathon Sunday.
I big shout out to Katherine’s boyfriend, Tappan, for not only taking a million pictures for us, but also holding my new Mizuno shirt for me the entire time I was out on the course.
What a guy.
He even took a few more pictures of me fussing with my medal
and one last one of me posing for the umpteenth time
before handing over my shirt.
Oh and a special thank you to Tina too (on the left) for holding my wallet while I raced. Dang I’m high maintenance.
Look at all these FitFluential racing gals.
The Mizuno shirt is one that was in the special package they sent to the hotel. Um, yeah, I love Mizuno THAT much and the Mizuno people are THAT awesome.
I love the long sleeve top. In case you didn’t know that Mizuno also has really cute clothes in addition to the best running shoes ever, well, they do.
Check it out.
Such a cute outfit.
I’m really not happy that this happened to my shirt the first time wearing it though.
That just chaps my hide.
After the race we talked the hotel shuttle driver to take us on a quick trip to Panera.
I had to explain to the coffee guy how to make a proper Americano with a little soy milk. I guess people don’t order those in Bethlehem very often.
It passed the test though. So did my turkey sandwich and BBQ chicken salad.
I fell back in love with Panera on this trip. I don’t go there that often, but I might be making it more of a frequent thing.
I wish having lunch with these ladies was more of a frequent thing too, but that’s just not possible since we all live so far away from each other.
that’ s wrap on the first two races.
More to come on my favorite race!!!!