After work on Thursday, I started off with dinner with Marshall Ulrich. Which, if you click on that link, you'll realize what a wimp I am complaining that this weekend tired me out. In fact, this dinner was the first time I labeled myself as "only a marathoner."
I got to sit with him (and other wonderful running buddies) for dinner, and he's a truly amazing, but VERY down-to-earth guy. I'm waiting on some more pics from the event - we were all super busy this weekend, so I'm still collecting pics - but here I am with my buddy Jerry at dinner....
It was also on the English NBC station (WOAI), but I can't find the link. Here are some of us from the running community - for the first time, all together - fully clothed AND not stinky.
Then, I hit the Rock N Roll expo - which was crazy. But not as crazy as when most of the wedding party arrived a little later to pick up their race packets - yep, even the bride was running the half marathon.
And then I crashed on the couch, with the help of my napping coach, Simba the cat. Later, that coachcat 'helped' me pack my drop bag for the half marathon - I had to triple check that she did not end up IN the bag on race morning.
On Sunday, I woke up at o'dark'early and set my "get to the half marathon for free" plan in action (seriously, parking or being towed costs up to about $200). But first, when I went to check the B Cycle availability online, I noticed the probable cause of my laptop's sluggishness (and furriness)
BAD coachcat. Then, I noticed that, unlike Friday morning, the temperature was already in the mid 60s, with near-100% humidity. BAD Texas weather, dangit.
I headed to the San Antonio Art Museum, where I could park for free and check out a B Cycle (which I paid $20 or so for a year membership)
But, I had plenty of time to see buddies, check out the bike tour start, get ready, etc.
And off we went...
I felt pretty good during the run and didn't hit any trains (unlike last year) - but, with the heat, I slowed down and stopped for water/drink every chance I got. And I finished - not my best, not my worst.
So, I earned some more bling (Apolo Ohno was not actually included in the bling)
Here's many of the Brak Pak folks at the finish
Then, I headed to Lorie and Will's reception at the Friendly Spot after the roads opened. It was a whirlwind, crazy running weekend for me - but an even happier, marrying, whirlwind, crazy running weekend for them!
Sadly, we found out after the race that a San Antonio runner died after crossing the HM finish line a bit in front of me, which makes me sad, makes me enjoy every moment that I am still able to run a race, no matter my finish time, and reminds me to ALWAYS listen to my body.
Thanks to Victor, Brightroom, Valerie, Scottydog, Dorine, Unavision, & B Cycle for the pics!