The weather was perfect; maybe a bit warm. We were excited.
Here are Vanessa and I pre-race:
Our "entourage/cheering section/coaches" consisted of Vanessa's boyfriend Chris and his sister, Missy. They volunteered to help with the race and received complementary T-shirts.
There were quite a few people into dressing for the occasion, in their "Blues."
There was a lot of excitement as everyone prepared to race:
Here we are at mile Five. We've just passed a water station and you can see the mess of cups by the side of the road.
Those water stations were great. They were positioned about every mile or so, with volunteers handing out cups of water, slices of oranges and bananas, and words of encouragement.
Here's Vanessa at the top of the hill; mile Nine. We've made it to the top, 4.1 miles to go, all downhill. We're pretty tired by this time, that last hill was really steep. But we're excited to be going downhill now.
We got energized and managed to run the entire final distance.
As we approached the finish line we could hear Chris and Missy cheering us on. Our time for the 13.1 mile race was 3 hours and 7 minutes and we crossed the finish line together.
The fastest male was 1 hour and 18 minutes and the fastest female finished in 1 hour and 26 minutes.
We've picked up our shirts (they don't give those out until you finish), and gotten some water and we're relieved to be finished.
There was plenty of food waiting for us and beer if we'd wanted it. What we wanted was a bath. What we did was take a shower and head out to dinner with family and friends.
As you can imagine, we're pretty darn proud of ourselves.
And by the way, if you're wondering, that Hot Rock Massage at Floating Feather Spa yesterday was fantastic! Vanessa also paid for me to have a 25 minute facial. I truly felt like a queen. Loved it.
What's amazing is that Vanessa and I are planning on doing Robie Creek next year. I'll keep you posted on that!