This Sunday I ran the Providence Rock n’ Roll Half Marathon with Brian. I was really excited to run this race because I have always wanted to run one of these races. They look like so much fun! Friday we headed into the Expo and picked up alot of awesome stuff, including the Stick. I am currently obsessed with this and the wild European man that sold it to us while insisting on massaging Brian! hehe. The best part of the night was thanks to my social media abilities I was able to answer a trivia question at the SofSol booth and won VIP parking and VIP tent tickets!
Why was the first traffic law invented in Rhode Island? To stop horses from galloping in Newport! Thank you google! So when we headed in on Sunday we easily cruised right in and parked at the state house and walked down the stairs, right to the starting line. AMAZING. Especially after having been bused to the starting line at Falmouth. I was so happy I could have wept. Well- that was UNTIL we hit the VIP tent, then I hit a whole new level of happiness. It was stocked with amazing foods, beautiful centerpieces, and tables and chairs to chill in until the race starting. O.M.G. I was dying.
However, the best part of the race was PRIVATE PORT-A-POTTIES! Anyone who races knows it is the most stressful part of the race, making sure you go to the bathroom before it starts! Well four port-a-potties for 20 people, with air freshers, an amenity basket, and a hand washing station was like I died and went to heaven! Ahhhhh….
I was a little nervous to start the race with Brian considering he had trained a total of 11 miles in the last 5 years for this race. Seriously. He doesn’t exercise and wanted to run 13.1. I told him I would run with him to make sure he paced himself well and got to the finish. We started out with the steady pace of 10:30 and I was hoping to get him to the finish like by 2:15 max. However, there were ALOT of hills. At mile four I felt nervous when there was such a steep guy in front of us and 9 more miles to go. But Brian pulled through like a trooper and I only heard him say once he wished he did the relay instead.
Brian actually made it 10 miles before needing to stop and walk for a few minutes. I let him have the time he needed here but since he was complaining about his legs locking up I knew it was going to just get worse the longer he walked. The last three miles were flat but definitely stretching his limits. I tried my best to motivate him and keep him in motion. He only stopped to walk a couple of times and I only let him stop for a minute each time. 2:15 slowly passed but as we came in close to the finish line Brian mustered the strength to push through and happily crossed the finish line at 2:20. AMAZING!
After the race we got our medals and some snacks. This included a popsicle, which I think was the best idea ever, and then headed back to the VIP tent for a FULL buffet! There was a plethora egg sandwiches, bagels, sausage, bacon, french toast, deli sandwiches, fruit, cookies, brownies, mimosas, beer, chocolate milk, gatorade, and more. It was perfect. I wish I was an important person to get these kinds of life luxuries everyday! So much fun!
After we finished eating we got Cooper a t-shirt and caught a little bit of the Karmin concert! All in all it was an amazing day and I had so much fun. It was the perfect way to end my summer race calender and get ready for the inevitable. Back to school and back to work! :)
Question: Do you guys have any races left on your summer calender?