National Half Marathon Race Report Part 1

by - Monday, March 23, 2009

Quick stats:

Time: 2:17:05
1691 out of 2281 women
283 out of 345 age group
3321st place overall

The expo:
Friday afternoon when I got off work I hopped on the metro and headed over to the race expo. I picked up my chip and bib and walked around to check out the different vendors.

I was happy to see the people from Elite Racing were there and offering a free registration into any of the Rock N' Roll events. I entered the contest, although I'm sure I won't win. But I did pick up the Virginia Beach race flyer to bring home to show the BF. I've been telling him how much fun that race is and I'm thisclose to having him convinced to do it! (Score one for me hah!)

I also stopped by the Active Release Therapy booth and let them work out a few last minute kinks in my legs. While I was waiting in line I was talking to this guy's wife and found out he's planning to do the IronMan in Kentucky. Craziness!

Saw Bart Yasso signing books, bought a Bondi Band because I've heard good things about them, bought the BF some running socks and then was just about to leave when I realized I'd forgotten to walk down one row. I figured I'd swing through right quick and see if there was anything interesting.

Boy am I glad I did because I got to meet Gracie from gracie's gear!!! I was thoroughly kicking myself for forgetting my camera at this point. Check out FoodsThatFit, she was smart enough to remember her camera and snapped a cute picture of the two of them! Gracie and I got to chatting about bloggers and her gear and Gracie was awesome enough to give me one of her bras to test out and review! I am so excited and I can't wait until my legs are ready to go so I can get out there and try it! Keep an eye out for that post coming in the next week or so.

When I got home BF and I headed to Italian Market for some carb-loading. I got penne in a light marinara with a side salad. It was delicious and carb-eriffic. We hit up Rita's Italian Ice for dessert because it was Free Rita's Day! I ate about three bites of my mango ice before I dropped it on the front steps and it spilled everywhere.  

BF is sometimes highly embarrassed that I take pictures for my blog in such public places.
Pretty impressive for a side salad, it had mushrooms and everything.
I know I was supposed to be carb-loading, but I could still only eat about half.

We had to make a pit stop at CVS to pick up some safety pins because my race packet didn't have any in it. Glad I didn't discover that on race morning. 

When we got home, we went through race morning logistics one more time to ease my paranoia and nerves, I laid out my race outfit and then hit the hay.

Check back tomorrow for a race day recap!

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  1. sounds like fun, and you were obviously well prepared. pasta must have been great! that's my favorite night-before-race meal, pasta with chicken in tom sauce.

  2. ROFLMAO! You know, I didn't even think of that! You just whip out the cam and BAM? HAHA!

  3. ohhhh cant wait for the rest!

  4. I love expos! So much good stuff!

  5. My BF is always embarrassed of me when I take pictures of my food!

  6. O, he looks thrilled with that candid shot of him!

    Food looks great, Sister. I'd've finished that pasta and salad in NO TIME ...

    .... for I am a fat-@$$.

  7. Awesome! Keep it up.

  8. BF must be a keeper if he thinks that some of the things you take pictures of in public are embarrassing. LOL.

  9. sweet deal on the free bra/top! nice stats from the race miss "2:15 is my fat-chance time"!

  10. That pre-race dinner looks delicious!