You’ll have to forgive me for totally wimping out on a post yesterday. Normally Monday morning recaps are pretty easy for me to do (I mean, the weekend JUST happened!), so even if I have a late Sunday night I can still manage to get them together.
This past Sunday night, however, I literally and figuratively fell asleep before my head hit the pillow. At 9:30pm. And then I proceeded to call into work sick for the morning to get a few extra hours of sleep. I was EXHAUSTED.
Why, you ask? Well let’s back up to the beginning of the weekend first.
Our original plan was to go down to Kings Dominion after work, as we really haven’t had much of an opportunity to go this summer. However, last second we found out that Kings Dominion is actually temporarily closed to prep for their gigantic Hallow-scream opening. Bummer!
Instead we decided to be lame and stay in and watch a movie. Chris has been trying to get me to watch all of the super hero movies (you know, like Thor, Captain America, Iron Man, etc), and we’ve FINALLY made it through all of those and on to the Avengers. Phew! That was a lot of movies!
I made a fettuccine alfredo of sorts, with broccoli, spinach, and roasted red pepper chicken sausages.
We didn’t end up staying up super late though, because we had morning plans!
We were up super early on Saturday morning to hit the road to Blacksburg, VA (about 4 hours, for any non-Virginia people). With a breakfast and a bathroom stop, we managed to land in Blacksburg almost exactly at noon. Just in time to watch the VT v. East Carolina game on TV (it was at ECU). Luckily we still have some friends down in Blacksburg to hang out with, but it’s crazy how much they are dwindling!
Clearly we’re old. It’s kind of an issue.
Chris and I were good and passed on the beer and chicken wings though in favor of Panera and LOTS of water. We were in training mode the whole time. It was a lot harder than I thought it would be – football and beer just go so well together!
After the game, Chris and I headed over to the Inn at Virginia Tech to pick up our race packets and swag. This year is the first ever Hokie Half, so the “expo” was definitely tiny. And when I say tiny, I mean like 4 vendors. It was a little bit wimpy in my opinion, given the 1200+ runners. But the free swag was definitely pretty sweet.
We then met up with Chris’ sister and step-sister for a carb-ful dinner. I know that there are mixed studies out there about the amount of carbs one should eat before a race, and whether or not “carbo-loading” really makes a difference, but I’ll be honest. I am just going to go with the tried and true method until the scientists out there make a decision. Pasta dinner it is.
I ended up with spinach and cheese ravioli, topped with a mushroom rose sauce. Not the most appetizing-looking dish, but seriously delicious.
After dinner we basically went back to our friend’s place and crashed. That 5am alarm was looking really early…
We were up DARK and early to get ready for the race. We had brought several sets of running clothes, because we really weren’t sure what the temperature would be, and it ended up being WAY colder than expected. I had to wear a shirt that I’d never actually run in before, because it was the only thing I had that was warm enough!
By 6:30am we had made our way to the start line and spent the next 30 minutes trying to warm up and stay warm, which meant a LOT of bouncing up and down. haha. It did not help my pre-race nervous bladder!
At 7:00am though, we were OFF!
I plan to do a full recap later this week, so let’s fast forward for the next couple of hours. Ready? Lots of running. Lots of hills. More running. More hills. You get the idea?
Finally at 2:13:00, Chris and I crossed the finish line! And about 13 minutes faster than our Disney Half Marathon time! That was HUGE for us!! 13.1 miles and 13 minutes faster! Lucky number 13? haha
The medal was seriously the best part.
We then proceeded to hobble around the finish line, chowing down on bagels and bananas. The post-race fuel of champions. haha.
Eventually we headed back to our friends house, got cleaned up, and headed out for a quick coffee date with one friend and then lunch with another. Gotta see everyone while we’re in town!!
Finally we hit the road back home. And let me tell you, sitting in the car for 4 hours after running a half? Not the most comfortable thing in the world. We did have to stop once to stretch out our legs, which were really starting to get crampy.
We also stopped in Richmond and picked up this guy again. Remember him?
Let me re-introduce you to Roscoe, our foster dog! Things didn’t work out with his adopted family, so he came back to the ranch and we agreed to pick him back up to work with him until we can find him a new family. Look at that sweet face!
By the time we got home it was nearly 8pm, and some leftovers and unpacking later, we literally crashed at 9:30. We were beyond exhausted!
Well there you have it – my super crazy and exhausting weekend! Again, I hope you’ll forgive me for being a day late with my recap, I had to recover! Hopefully within the next few days things will get back to normal around here. If there ever really is such a thing as “normal”.
So tell me: What did you do this weekend?