Edit: Good morning!! It’s been a bit, how is everyone? I pinky promise to become the consistent blogger I once was.
If you follow me on Twitter or know me you probably also know I didn’t even get to the start of this weekend’s race…and *spoiler alert* it sucked!
Driving down was awesome, I had perfect driving weather and although not in the mood to drive the eight hours I was certainly antsy to get there! Since there isn’t anything special to report fast forward eight hours. I made it to my parents about 6, just in time for dinner ;) ! I’m still a college kid at heart. After dinner I was exhausted and headed straight to bed, let’s fudge the time and call in 9:00. Ok, ok I think it was more like 8:30.
Fast forward another 9ish hours and I’m up and ready to run. But wait, the run wasn’t until Sunday. Dang, I was ready!
There was no day of packet pick-up so this out-of-towner headed into Little Rock and attended the expo.
You’d think since I now live in STL and at least drive through downtown pretty often I would remember how difficult parking can be. Nope, not in the least. I ended up parking a half mile away and walking, it just wasn’t worth the fight and it wouldn’t kill me to walk a little so I did.
Packet pick-up was quick and easy, he had to look twice though to make sure I was in the stack -panic set in- then he found me and directed me to the rest.
I went and listened to Bart Yasso for a little bit while he was on the side stage of the expo and met up with a Twitter buddy. This was planned ahead of time and it was great to put a face to a social media handle (look at me being all tech-savvy!). She and I chatted and walked around for a little bit. We dropped by the Another Mother Runner‘s booth and I fell into conversation with Another fan who was working the booth. We had the best geek out moment together and swapped information so hopefully get to volunteer together this summer!
By the time we split it was getting close to time to meet up with Bree, Running Breezy, who was running the half and a friend of hers who was running the full. I met up with them right before Bart Yasso held his actual speech. I got to sneak in a little bit before and meet him personally as well as pick his brain for a few. I’ll be honest, I didn’t exactly take full advantage of that chance…
Instead I ran into a CF mom with a 14 year old. I can’t lie, this was the highlight of my weekend. I was wearing my Xtreme Hike tshirt and she approached me to tell me her story. Cystic fibrosis (CF) is a genetic disease that causes thick mucus to build up in the body causing a multitude of health complications throughout a patients life. Although the average life expectancy is now 37.5 less than forty years ago it was 18. She had incredible things to say about the Foundation and was very happy to report her daughter is extremely happy and healthy.
Listening to Bart Yasso talk about his international experiences and his battle with Lyme disease was eye opening and just fueled my running passion. He also had his book for sale so I went ahead and picked it up, I haven’t had a chance to so much as peek at it but I have a feeling I will love it. I’ll keep you guys updated!
We all went our separate ways after that and went back to parents, grabbed dinner, and went to bed. I live an exciting life, let me tell you!!
I was up at 5 to get to the start line by 7:30. The line being about an hour away I figured giving myself an hour and fifteen would be perfect. My mom was amazing and came in right after I woke up to make sure I was up and see if I need anything. Best mom ever. After showering and dressing it was time for breakfast, an avocado! Mom also made me a peanut butter bagel – awesome. We talked a little longer without looking at the clock and I had to rush out the door 23 minutes later than planned…oops. That’s 6:53AM.
By the time I got into downtown Little Rock it was 7:45 and I was stuck in traffic by 7:48. The LA kind of traffic that is. From 7:48 to 8:10ish I literally sat in the same spot. AGH! It’s true, I was gridlocked too. The light kept changing but the if the first car were to go said car would hit a runner. That would have been bad. Real bad. So we sat there; the light kept changing; runners kept running and eventually the car next to me let out it’s passenger out so he could run. Yeah, that sucked.
I was happy for him though and wrote down his bid number, let’s just say I ran vicariously through him and we did pretty good!
Anyway, once one car moved we all turned around and left…I got back on the highway, drove back to my parents, and ate breakfast after they got out of church. Most disappointing race to date.
That being said I learned a lot and I really do think I was supposed to miss this one. Yes I cried and yes I “wasted” my weekend for “nothing” to some but I got to go on a road trip, enjoy the buzz of the race atmosphere, and most of all I got to see my family and friends. I’d call that a pretty ok weekend overall.