This was another rainy race. It wasn't a nonstop rain, like my derby mini, it was just an off and on downpour. As soon as I was drying out, there would come another downpour of rain. But it wasn't bad at all, it felt good, and really kept me cooled off.
On Friday I met my Instagram friend of 2 years, Margie, at the expo. We had a great time chatting and walking around for awhile. It was then that I decided I would run the race with her on Saturday. I wasn't planning on 'racing' anyway, so I thought why not run it with a friend and help her PR!
Portofino's and we had a delicious dinner, then headed back to the hotel to try to get some sleep.
|Not quite carb loading, but this chicken was SO good|
I saw my friend Amy for a few minutes before the race. I always love running into her at my races. She was running her 2nd marathon!
We had a great time running, walking, talking, laughing, trying to get ahead of the 3:00 pacer, and then making sure we stayed ahead of her!
The course was beautiful. Unfortunately because of the rain, there were very few horses out. But we did see a few.
We crossed the finish line at 2:54, which was over a 10 minute PR for her!! And that was in the rain, on a very hilly course. I am so proud of her!
As we were standing at the start line, this girl next to me asked me if I was FICTM. I said yes, and she said she recognized me because of my shoes and the bandaid on my ankle! (Instagram pictures)
I knew Sierra was going to be running this race, so I was so excited to find her, standing right next to me! We all made plans to meet up after the race for pictures, of course. :)
I have almost convinced both of them to run the Indy Monumental marathon in Nov. with me!!
This race was so much fun. I loved making new friends and seeing old friends. I LOVE this running community!
Did you race or run this weekend?