|Feeling welcomed at the race expo|
I guess this is what happens when you are basically a hermit back home and make a trip to the big city. Saturday we got up and headed to the race expo at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. On the way we hit up the Reading Market Terminal which is a land filled with Amish made delights, meats and cheeses and yummy things to eat.
|Meats and Cheeses!!!|
After wandering around the market and wanting to eat/buy everything we went to the expo to grab our numbers. We wandered for a bit, got some free samples and then headed back to the market for some delicious Greek food and the buying of jams and candies. If I lived in Philly I would be at this market all time. Actually if I could just live at the market that would be ideal. We wandered around the city for the rest of the day. Grabbed some delicious food at the German Tavern Bierstub and then early to bed.
|Hangin with some locals|
The crappiest part of quitting early was not getting to run the whole race with Kelcey. She is a ton of fun to run with and it sucked that I had to cut the fun short. I was mentally set up to go 26.2 miles so when I all the sudden was done at the finish line it was kinda weird. I was like oh that is it.....huh. Fun side note I beat the third place female marathon runner by about a minute. Yep that's right in the 2 hours and 17 minutes it took me to do the half people completed the full. Amazing!
And then I started to freeze. We had gear checked our stuff together under Kelcey's race number and the mylar blanket wasn't cutting it. I looked at finisher gear but there was no way I was gonna buy a $90 fleece pullover. Luckily I had my phone and my credit card. Since I had about 2.5 hours till Kelcey finished I went on the hunt for warmth. I found a Gap Outlet a few blocks away and purchased a sweatshirt for less than $20. Win! A lady at the store was like wow you are a marathon runner and a marathon shopper. Yes. Yes I am. Armed with discount warmth and hot chocolate I headed back to the finish line to cheer runners in till Kelcey finished. It was fun to watch at the finish line. I have never really done that. The good news is Kelcey kicked total butt at the full!!
It was a bit disappointing to not finish the marathon but I didn't once regret my decision to stop when I did. It has only taken three decades but I am beginning to learn to listen to my body a bit better. I am hoping that after a few days off and some serious IT band rolling and stretching it will be fine. Looking forward to a few days of rest!
|New favorite medal!|