-MOA (MO = Missouri; A= her first initial = MOA)
-MOA has been a loyal reader of my blog for about a year (give or take) and was a frequent commenter.
-She had asked some questions about training and running and that began our email friendship.
-Over the past 9 months or so, we've emailed HUNDREDS of times and discussed everything from training to just plain ol' life. She ALWAYS cracked me up. This was definitely a girl I wanted to meet!
-Back in the beginning of April, "C" and I signed up for the Rock n Roll St. Louis so that we could come down to meet MOA and run a half marathon together. Fun - that was the plan!
-In the meantime, MOA was training for her first half marathon which was suppose to be on 8/14 and was to be just outside of Las Vegas.
-After training for her first half marathon, she received word in late June that her friend wasn't going to be able to go with her to Vegas . . . . huge bummer.
-MOA asked if I would do Chicago with her since she had been doing all the training and now wasn't going to be able to do the race she intended. And so . . .I registered for Chicago!
-We met up on Friday 8/12 for lunch and instantly hit it off. She's as hilarious in real life as she was in her emails. With the hundreds of emails exchanged it felt like I had always known her. We had a blast and definitely rocked Chicago.
-MOA decided to take the train and brought her mom as a travel companion and race cheerleader. Her mom was a HOOT and a real trooper especially since the weather was less than optimal for spectating!
Here are some photos of MOA and her mom . . such fun folks!!!! Can't wait to meet up with them again in St. Louis in October!!!!
|Fortune teller at the expo.|
|I loved her spirit - she really enjoyed the expo even though she wasn't there to run.|
|HUGE Reese's cups at the Hershy's store - YUM!|
|Aren't they adorable!!!!|
|Post race fountain photo - Notice the sun is starting to come out . . . finally!|