Julie and I went down Friday evening. First we went to the expo to get our goody bags. And of course get our picture taken! (My sign was Julie's brilliant idea!)
The goody bag was nice, but as always, the tech shirt was WAY too small. I ordered a L, but it was the size of a small. That was the main complaint of everyone.
After that we went to the 'world famous' Wildhorse Saloon. When we first walked in , it was all older people. We laughed about it, but decided to stay. After awhile it started to fill up with people our age though!
|Live music and line dancing!|
We walked around downtown for a bit before heading back to the hotel so we could get some sleep.
5 a.m. came very early!
I had made plans to meet up with another blogger and a facebook friend who were also running. I was so excited about meeting them! Jen blogs at Dare, Run, Share and is SUCH an inspiration. She started running a couple years ago, and set a goal to run a half marathon before she turned 40. She lost 50 lbs., and ran her first half last year. This coming up weekend she's running Disney's Tower of Terror 10 miler. She's amazing!
My only goal was to beat my time from last year. I was secretly hoping for a 2:20, but for some reason I doubted that would happen. Maybe if it was a flat course, I would've been more hopeful.
I had forgotten how hilly it was though. It seemed like constant hills! But it was a pretty course. I love Nashville!
I took my first GU at mile 5 and then again at mile 10. There were a lot of water/gatorade stops, which was very nice. I really felt great throughout the race. Around miles 11 and 12 I had to remind myself that I ran 20 last weekend, so I can do this!! But like I said, THOSE HILLS!
The crowd support was wonderful. It seems like there were people all along the course cheering us on and little kiddos giving high fives. We even ran passed a house that had a bluegrass band playing on their front porch. That was so cool!!
My finish time was 2:38. Which is 4 minutes faster than last year. I should've done a lot better, but it is what it is, and I'm learning not to be disappointed with my times!
Julie did SO good too. This was her first half and her goal was to finish in under 3 hours, and she did it!
And check out this bling! I only have 6 medals, but this is by far my favorite. It weighs about 5 lbs. too! ;)
I don't remember what I was laughing at, and I honestly don't like this picture- but it perfectly describes my weekend. Happy and fun!
How was your weekend? Did you run or race?