|Pre-Race Thumbs up . . . optimistic it's going to a GREAT race!!!|
|MGA and her man: a pre-race pep talk (aren't they the cutest couple!)|
|race field moments before the start|
|"Take your mark, GO!!!!!!"|
that's me waving - and MGA looking awesome in her shirt, capris, andear band that were all matching - very stylish for your first race!!!
The race was very well organized, but was VERY different than many of the other races I have done. They had small paint markings on the road to point racers in the right direction. With a field of approximately 300, MGA and I were on our own for at least 3 miles. Our last race-related person we saw was at mile 3 and there was a good 30 minutes when we didn't see anyone, or any markings - just a long (thoroughly busy open traffice) road ahead of us. I can't tell you the number of times I thought "did we miss a turn?" "What if we missed a turn?" A note to MGA - most races have much more 'in your face' signage.
Finally, after nearly 30 minutes of zero contact with anyone (volunteers or other racers), we were passed by the race director, Casey Shaffer (great to see you Casey!!!) who told us to get onto the path and then turn left with the finish being just up there (you all know me and my skepticism of "just right over there"). Anyway, after crossing one more road, we were on the homestretch. Thanks mom for these action shots!
|That's our tiny selves coming up the blvd to the left of the girl in the red (see us?)|
|Now this is what I call "almost there!" Finish line, here we come!|
|Enjoying a chocolate-peanut butter-banana smoothie - de.lish!|
At the end, MGA was greeted by her husband (aren't they cute!) and I was greeted by my official photographer, chauffer, and cheereleader - my mom (did I mention how windy it was)! Thanks mom for ringing your cow bell!