But, this time, the temperature was great, the weather was perfect (a bit breezy -- but usually at our backs), sunny, lower 50's for a high; I was aware of the course and exactly where the hills were located; I brought my own handheld water bottle filled with H2O and was able to pick up sports drink at every aid station on the course ... and, I had a fabulous "support crew" this time to keep me motivated the entire 13.1 mile journey!! ......
My mom's family is from the area, so we all met up at my Grandparent's home to head to the start line. Here I am with my Grandma and Grandpa.
I finally headed inside to get my race packet, ran into a few more friends, snapped tons of photos with family and friends and made a quick stop at the port-o-potty, and we headed to the start line.
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We saw my family within the first mile ... they were armed with their cameras. Amy and I realized that there were no race photographers out on the course (I don't even think there was one at the finish line??), so it was really nice to have our "support crew" out there taking snapshots. And, they definitely got some good ones! We both stood out in our bright colors and running skirts so they were able to see us running up to them and catch some great action shots. They saw us at least a half dozen times out on the course (it helps that my family is familiar with the area) ... It was like having the paparazzi out there following us around!!!
We headed up some steeper inclines and through the first couple of water stations around Rock Lake. I quickly realized that each water station had different flavors of sports drink. Every station had cups filled with a different color. I was grateful that I didn't have to suck down lemon-lime sports drink at every water station (ick). We ran through every water station and opted not to walk.
My family was cheering for us and taking our action shots at every spot. And the other runners would laugh at their cheers and say how much they appreciated the support, too. It gave us a good laugh every time. Grandma was even honking the horn at a few spots they spectated, since she couldn't get out of the car.
32/106 Age Group (30-34 F)