The best part was the time before the race, and after. But lets start at the beginning...
The weekend started bright and early as I headed to the airport Saturday morning to pick up my favorite Pam in the whole world! After getting her, we headed to our hotel to try and get early check in. We were staying at the MGM Grand, about 1/2 mile from the starting line.
Me and Pam with the countdown clock. The race takes you from the USA into Canada and back, hense both flags :)
After dinner, Eileen was heating up some amazing chicken noodle soup to take to a friend, and Pam and I managed to help ourselves to a mug (yes, this was like 10 minutes after dinner. WE WERE CARB LOADING ;-) )
We followed the crowdes down to the start, and soon it was time to get in our corrals. Pam and I lined up in corral J (2:30 half marathon time) and hoped that we could take it easy at first and towards the end kick it up a notch.
Approaching the finish.
After we finished I gave Pam the biggest hug ever. She stuck by my through out this whole crappy race. And this was her FIRST half marathon. She basically had a shitty experience because she refused to leave me behind, and I will be forever grateful to her for that.
Finish time: 2:42:48
Yup, almost twenty minutes slower than my last half. I think I could beat myself up over this one for awhile, but thats pointless right? Basically, between the lack of sleep, lack of running between my last half and this one, and lack of training on hills, I screwed myself out of this race. But TIME TO MOVE ON TO THE NEXT ONE!
Anywho...After the race, we grabbed food, found our family, and started the long ass walk back to hotel. I dont think I have ever had a longer walk in my life (exagerating, but seriously, hardest walk ever).
Showers we taken, bags we packed, and we left the MGM. We headed to our parents house to go get some breakfast. We went to one of my Dad's favorite places, Harvard Grill. It is your typical little restaurant. Great soups, sandwiches, etc. I had Grilled Cheese, and Chocolate Milk. BEST MEAL EVER. ;-) Seriously, it was perfect, and so great.
We watched the Lions for a bit, and then Pam and I headed back to Jackson. Pam was staying with me and Shane for the night, and I was going to drive her to the airport Monday night.
And I guess thats really all.
So really, the best part of the weekend was everything except those 2 hours, 42 minutes. I loved seeing my family, and just spending time with them. I hate when I leave them, and I especially hated when Pam had to leave on Monday night. It makes me so sad when Pam leaves, and that was all I could really think about on Monday while I was at work. Why does one of my favorite people in the world have to live so freaking far away?
Ah well. Maybe someday, she will come back to MI. I can only hope, right?
My bib, and medal.
1/2 Marathon #2 is in the books.
can't wait for another ;-).
next race on the books? The Turkey Trot 10k on Thanksgiving morning. I cannot wait to rock it.