I had been stalking the weather for this race for awhile, and it looked like it was going to be exactly the same as last year- thunderstorms. I was praying it wouldn't get cancelled again though!
Jeremy and I headed to Indianapolis around noon on Friday. We stayed at the Marriot East, which was about 15 minutes from the start line. Before I get started on the recap, I have to tell you about this hotel.
So, Jeremy is a little crazy sometimes. Ok, maybe more than just sometimes. ;)
He goes into the hotel to check us in, and as the girl behind the counter, named Ebony, is looking up his name, he starts singing some Chaka Khan...Tell me something good...
She says "well, you just earned an upgrade to the presidential suite"
Then a little bit later another guy who works there called the room and asked if we were going to be in there for the next few minutes, he had something for us. He then brings us up a fruit basket! (It also had several different granola bars in it.)
It gets better.
Jeremy had to run out to the store, so he picked up a Starbucks giftcard for Ebony just as a little thank you. When he gives it to her, she's trying to hold back tears...wait for it...she says "well, that just earned your name on the breakfast list". She was giving us the breakfast buffet, at no charge, normally $21.95! (Btw, they let him fix a plate to save for me to have after the race.) He told her of course she had no way of knowing this, but last weekend was our 10 year anniversary, and the next day, Saturday, was his birthday!
It gets better.
We then go to check out of the hotel Saturday afternoon, and the manager just happened to be in the lobby. Jeremy told him thank you, how excellent everything was, how awesome the employees were, and what a great time we had.
Then HE said "I want you guys to have lunch on me".
What??!! He gave us a free meal at their restaurant, the Skylight Bistro.
I can't tell you how amazing this burger tasted after my race!
Ok, now to the race.
We get to the expo, and the first face I see is my girl Kim. I think I see her at every single race!
I woke up at 5:30, and an hour later Jeremy dropped me off at the Sheraton, near the start line. Surprisingly, it wasn't raining when I got there, although it was very wet.
The first few miles were dry, then around mile 3, the rain started again. This time in a torrential downpour. It lasted for about 8 miles. The last couple miles were just a few sprinkles here and there.
It seems like every race I run, it is raining. Not even kidding! It's so funny.
It honestly doesn't bother me though. Maybe I'm just used to it? When it's cold and raining, that's not fun. But a warm rain doesn't bother me. It definitely keeps me cool!
I did come close to wiping out a couple times though. Quite a few of the roads were horrible! Lots of potholes. When it's pouring rain, and there is a lot of standing water, it's easy to step into a pothole unknowingly!
Something happened to me that I had never experienced before. Right around mile 3, I get to the intersection, and the police officer isn't stopping traffic!! He's kinda just standing there, not doing anything! There was a lot of unhappy women, let me tell ya.
As I got closer, the women just started putting their hands out, trying to stop it themselves. Thankfully the cars stopped for us.
Then that happened to me AGAIN at mile 11! I didn't pay attention to the street names, so I don't know if it was the same intersection or not.
A few girls had stopped, and another lady and myself said we're not stopping!! So we got the cars to slow down and then stop. All while the cop is just standing there like he's clueless.
Other than that, this was an excellent race, as always! The volunteers were so amazing, standing out in the rain, cheering us on.
One thing I did wrong: I only brought one gel with me. I usually bring 2 for my half's. It was stated that there would be gel's on the course in 2 places, so I took it for granted that there would be. But... there were no gel's on course.
I could really tell my body was missing that extra energy that it's used to.
Lesson learned, you and only you are responsible for your fueling. If there is some on course, great. But don't count on that, always be prepared.
Finally, after a very soggy run, I crossed the finish line in 2:38.
I promise, one of these days I'm going to get a PR of under 2:22. It will happen!
That is my average time for half's, so I was happy the rain didn't slow me down!
As soon as I finished I heard someone calling my name, and it was my precious friend Elizabeth. We met through my blog, and even though we've ran several of the same races, we hadn't been able to meet, until now. It was so great to finally meet her! (I know she hates pictures, so I didn't ask for one. ;))
The birthday man picked me up after the race, and we went back to our presidential suite. :)
At the finish line we got a food goody bag. How cool is that!