|I'm doing my best to look awake here|
Packet pickup was nice and easy and we were excited to see our favorite vendor (Sports N More) had a booth set up with lots of clothes for $9.99 and several pairs of shoes for real cheap. I turned my back to look at the clothes and when I came back with two items Allan was surrounded by boxes of shoes. Before I knew it Allan had convinced me that he had to have a pair of Asics. He also had found a couple of shirts he couldn't live without either!
|The azaleas along the course were pretty but not as pretty as NeeNee's always were|
We walked around and looked at all the booths and snagged some freebies from Publix. Then we headed out to eat dinner at Cracker Barrel. I was craving one of their huge grilled chicken salads. I normally don't eat salads the night before a race and I won't be making that mistake twice! Pasta it is from here on out. You would think I would know better, right?! After a rough night for me and 10+ hours of sleep for Allan we were ready to head out by 6:30 AM.
|Beats headphones for a race, that's a first!|
When we arrived we had lots of time to park, sit in the car (translated: Allan takes his first nap of the morning), and still head over to the start line with plenty of time for pictures. I lined up way in the back because I hate crowds and I knew I wouldn't be in a hurry. My plan was to take it easy and take lots of pictures and enjoy myself.
|Azalea Trail Maids|
The first few miles I took lots of photos, enjoyed the scenery, and embraced the awful humidity that our state is known for. When I actually took a minute to check my time I realized I could probably PR. I knew my 10K PR was set back in December 2011 in my first 10K but I couldn't remember exactly what it was. Thank goodness for my phone and the blog because I googled my own blog to look at my races & results page.
|One of my favorite houses along the course|
Once I knew the time to beat I started to push myself a little more. The entire course is pretty flat and when you make the last turn you can see the finish line from a long way off. I dodged a few 5K walkers and edged out an old man at the finish line to cross at 1:06:56. I was so excited to have a new 10K PR!
|All the streets were gorgeous and tree-lined like this one|
The finishing chute was a hot mess with TONS of people clogging up the area waiting for other people to finish. I thought I would never find a bottle of water and get out of there to look for Allan and food. I texted Allan and then called a few minutes later when he hadn't responded. Ten minutes later Allan woke up and checked his phone. He's used to my half marathons when he takes two hour naps and still has time to make it to the finish to see me cross so this whole 10K mess threw off his race day nap schedule.
|I may have been a red-faced sweaty mess but I can't pass up a picture with the Chick-Fil-A cow|
We found each other inside and after I snagged a Publix reusable bag I started collecting snacks. We left with a bag full of drinks and fruit which we both used up on the car rides to Navarre and then to Montgomery. I was really impressed at how much they had to offer as far as post-race snacks. They had apples, bananas, small canned sodas (Coke, Sprite, Sunkist, and Diet Coke), Chick Fil-A, sausage and grits, and beer. I've run several half marathons that didn't offer this much to eat and drink after the race.
|Beautiful old driveway entrance|
Next year Allan and I will both be running this race since he asked why I didn't sign him up this year. It was a lot of fun and is fast and flat so you can't beat that! I'm going to do my best to break an hour on this course next year!
**Don't forget we are giving away a $35 Road ID gift card so if that's something you need be sure to get your entries in by Thursday at midnight!