It was a fantastic weekend, mostly because I was finally able to meet my sweet friend, Nicole!!!! She has been so, so supportive to me over the years, so it was great to finally get to meet her.
She originally booked 2 rooms and didn't end up needing the second one, which worked out amazingly well for me. I paid her the price of the room, and just like that, my last minute self had a room less than two miles from the start. Score! We met, tossed our stuff in our rooms, and the we headed out to eat.
We decided on The Cheesecake Factory since neither she or her friend Lizzie had been before, and since it was less than a mile, we decided to walk. After asking several locals where it was, we finally got ourselves oriented. What we found rather shocking was that even though we were less than a mile away, no one we asked knew where it was! For real? We found it ourselves after bravely crossing a couple busy highways. I ended up getting honked at because a car saw me stumble on a wire. Fantastic. The whole thing made for good laughs! :)
We enjoyed our delicious meals and conversation. We had a nice walk back to the hotel, stopping in an REI for fuel for the race. We also made a quick trip to Target and then called it a night. I laid out all my race stuff and headed to bed early. One thing I made sure to take a picture of? My awesome bib number.
What makes it so cool? My birthday is August 2, 1982. As in 8282.
We were up bright and early to head for the race the next morning.
We all three decided we were going to run our own race, and given that I hadn't run since my half marathon two weekends before, I didn't expect big things. I just wanted to make it through.
Nicole and I.
Lizzie, Nicole, Camille (I think - their friend I met that morning), and me. I look so sleepy!
Soon after, we were off!
It was a challenging race for me. I walked a lot more than I wanted to. Truly, I didn't need to walk as much as I did, but my head and heart just weren't in race mode. While the race is famous for its 20 bands (10 miles, 20 bands), it didn't feel like 20 bands. I ended up wishing I would have taken my iPod with me.
Around mile 8 or so, my goal ended up becoming sub 2:00, and I accomplished that. I finished in 1:54. I skipped running a 5k race the day before the 10/20, and I was sooooo glad I did. My legs felt tired during the race, and I'm sure they would have been even worse had I raced a 5k the day before.
I'm not sure I'll run this race again, but it was definitely worth doing this time because I got to meet Nicole!!!