So, over the weekend, I traveled to Phoenix AZ, and spent the weekend with a dear friend of mine.
Flew in Friday morning (had issues with flight delay bc Phoenix airport is under construction!) finally got there, and my friend picked me up. We hung around town for a bit, and hit the expo. It was GREAT! Such a different scene than the RNR Vegas expo. There were tons of booths, samples. I got a new running belt bc I only have one with water bottles. This one just has pockets, so it will be fantastic for my shorter runs. Its stretchy fabric so it fits my ipod, keys, chapstick, phone and who knows what else! It really can expand to fit quite a lot. Got our shirts (forgot to take a pic, will later) and other goodies. Walked all over the expo, then decided we had seen enough and headed to her house. Relaxed and went to bed.
Saturday was just fun. Saw Joyful Noise, went to Victorias Secret for their sale and I found a brand new bikini I immediately fell in love with! MASRITE and I want to go to Palm Springs together when it warms up as a reward for our hard work ( i gotta start working hard LOL!) and we have to wear bikinis. well, I found it! Here it is: (YES I HAVE A LOT OF WORK TO DO!!!)
Finally..sunday morning "race day" arrived. Woke up at 4:30 am and got myself ready. We had toast with PB and a banana, and then drove to her parents house to carpool with them. We set out and were right on time to get there an hour early. until...we get near the exit, and traffic was INSANE. it took OVER an hour to get off the fwy. It was so bad, that they even delayed the race, and it still wasnt enough time! Rock N Roll did NOT plan for this! They had no one directing traffic, total nightmare. not a good start.
Finally we parked (paid for a lot instead of trying to imagine what the mess free 'race' parking would be) saw runners taking off from start already, so we quickly walked. We finally get there, we all had to go to the bathroom, and took off with the last corral..bobbed and weaved through all the walkers (not fun being in the back corral!!!) and I was feeling good. I actually caught up to the 2:30 pace group!!! I was shocked I did that. Mile 2 started getting a side stitch. So, at mile 3, I took their sports drink. It wasnt cytomax, it was gatorade. it tasted REALLY sugary, very different from what I'm used to...well..turns out..stomach was NOT happy after that! I had to stop at EVERY SINGLE MILE to go to the bathroom! It was miserable. But despite the bathroom stops, my running felt great. I ran A LOT despite the knee, the scenery was beautiful, crowds were great, and at mile 9, PF changs had put inspirational signs up the whole mile! So great. Anyway, hit the finish and felt good (despite my stomach ugh). Official time 2:32:55. Faster than vegas, and very happy considering I know how long bathroom breaks can take from your time! Found my friend and then got my Desert Double Down medal for doing Vegas AND Phoenix! We had great post race food too. YELLOW bananas (unless the vegas green ones), free jamba juice, bagels, free frozen yogurt, and a ton of water.
Got in the car and we went to applebees. My stomach was still really unhappy, and I kept having to go to the bathroom. I really didnt want to eat, but I made myself. My legs started to freeze up (all of ours did LOL) and we really were a vision trying to walk out of the restaurant LOL!! Drove back to my friends house and we hit the showers, then watched football. She drove me to the airport that evening, and I got home around 8:45 pm.
Yesterday, I had to go to work. Soreness wasnt too bad, and today its not too bad either. I'm going to attempt a run tomorrow...
Now to some bad, disappointing news. I was all signed up to run Surf City marathon on Feb 5th. I did it last year, and I absolutely LOVE this race. But, with my knee issues, I havent been training for a full, so I wanted to transfer to the half marathon. I wrote them an email, and got my response today saying "sorry, but the half is full, we cannot accept any transfers" BOO!! So, no race for my on superbowl sunday. I am SO bummed. But, they were nice enough to defer my race to next year. Happy about that, but I was SO looking forward to this one. I love it. My next race now isnt until Orange County Half marathon on May 6th. Then, Long Beach full marathon in October. The three of those are a series (surf city, OC and LB) and if you do all three in consecutive order, you get a special medal). I was hoping to get my medal in LB but looks like I will be picking it up when I do surf city in 2013!
I definitely need to find more races, only 2 for 2012 is NOT acceptable! I love them too much!!