For Jay: Go Get ‘Em! (she’s running her first marathon Sunday!)
I FINALLY RAN!
One mile. One mile longer than last week. Hopefully another mile tomorrow. Slowly dipping my toe in the running waters, mah babies.
The foot is holding. A bit of pain in the mile aftermath, but nothing near the pain that I have been dealing with throughout the injury.
Of course I made you a video…so quit yer cryin’.
I like to record the videos right after I run because my emotions are SO CLEAR! As you can see, I have no shame…The German would be mortified. My dearly departed grandmother would suggest some lipstick, at the very least. Hmmmm, maybe next time.
There’s a lot of this going on here: brining dem turkeys, Turkey!
All ingredients in, cover with ice and let sit for 24-hours.
We’re gonna start them in the oven and finish them on the pit. Smoked and brined, baby. It’s a gastronomical delight!
For the runners in the group, the Rock and Roll Wrap-Up post is live at the Express News: CLICK HERE
BONUS ENTRY: You might wanna go see what I’m thankful for this year HERE. I’m hoping The German doesn’t make me a liar…
I wish you all safe travels and holiday blessings.
Gobble Gobble, Y’all!
Let’s just jump right in with the pics, shall we?
I met Nicole Carroll after parking my car and walking to the Expo on Friday. The RnR 5k was her FIRST RACE! She had some reservations on how she would do and if she could finish, so I encouraged her as we walked. When I found out she had lost 70 POUNDS as a new runner, I was all: YOU GOT THIS, MOMMA!
She’s also active duty: Thank you for your service, Nicole!
Sunday morning, looking for a friend in her assigned corral. The crowd is picking up, and the excitement is growing.
The weather was a misery for the runners/walkers. The temp was 72° and the humidity was hovering around 95% in this shot. The sun’s not even up and folks were sweating!
Wendy (or Wendy-Loo as I lovingly call her) found us! I totally felt like a fraud wearing the RnR shirt, yet not participating. I wanted to tell everyone: It’s OK; I’M INJURED! ~sheesh~
A note about Wendy: she had a knee injury that prevented her from running for three weeks prior to the race. She showed up and was hoping for the best. She ended up toughing it out and finishing that badboy. So happy for her!
Moments before the starting gun: potty break!
So much anticipation. GOOD LUCK!
After seeing Wendy off, we headed to the VIP tent (this was a new experience and I wanted to see how the RnR folks did with this amenity). Before we got to the tent, we came across these two: Go Get ‘Em!
On to the tent!
The VIP tickets were offered and sold out in one day, via email. What did the $50 ticket get you (in case you want to snag one for next year):
* Parking within easy walking distance and on Alamodome property. Getting to the parking area was a bit of a cluster, even for a local. Local security was confused and it was by pure luck that Husband got us where we intended to go. But, we prevailed and got a spot thisclose to the start.
* Gear Check with Julieanne and Brenda! I counted about 30ish bags that were checked, so it was an easy in-and-out proposition, which these two made simple. Thanks ladies!
* Private changing rooms for men and women:
* VIP porta-potties with washing station (with running water) AND a table with amenities like sunscreen, hand sanitizer and mints! This alone might be worth the cost of a ticket.
* Private seating area in which to enjoy a pre-race bagel/coffee/energy drink:
* Pre-race/post-race hydration bar with sports drinks, orange juice, chocolate milk, soda and water:
* Coffee station, with a side of Power Bars:
* While the pre-race grub was great, it was the post-race offerings that made me swoon. Salad/pasta bar:
* Fajita bar. Oh my. The beef fajitas were some of the best I’ve had, and I live in fajita country, y’all.
* Oh…and fruit. The only folks I saw partaking of fruit were the Kenyans. For the real. They know what’s-what in nutrition, but we totally rock thangs in the yum department.
This is an outside shot of the VIP area. To the right of this shot is the stage where the live music was ROCKIN’!
* VIPs were a stone’s throw from the stage. You could easily sit and enjoy your fajitas while watching the musical talent do their thang without braving the crowd:
* Cool VIP band. Yep, can you believe that’s included too?!
While I totally thought the VIP area was worth the cost, I’m wondering what you guys think. Would you pay $50 for the above?
After the race we talked to a few folks while we waited on Wendy-Loo to finish.
We ran into our first biker, who also happened to be a San Antonio Council Member (dist. 3), Rebecca Viagran:
Rebecca said she was keeping an eye on the time while she was on the course (bikers started before marathoners) because she didn’t want to be overtaken by the Kenyans. LOL!
We also talked to this biking couple: Ismael and Brenda Hernandez:
Everyone we talked to agreed that this year’s new layout of having the start and finish line at the Alamodome was the best yet. It was nice to be able to come to one spot and not have to trek between the two.
The course was new as well. Participants reactions were a mixed bag of likes vs dislikes. I think the hills were the main issue. Some liked having the one hill at the end as “the” hill and others thought having the hills disbursed throughout the race was better.
Since I wasn’t able to run this year, I missed out on the new course and having an opinion. Dang!
Each year is a little different and I hope a little better for racers, new and old.
Thank you to all who let me photograph them and share their stories.
Y’all are the reason I write about running.
If you ran, let us know how it went. We’re dying to know!
If you’re running or walking in this weekend’s Rock and Roll Marathon or Half….GOOD LUCK!
Omgosh. So exciting.
Y’all be safe this week. See you Sunday!