So, on to the weekend recap. Saturday morning I had an appointment to get my hair done and I knew I wanted to get it colored again. I didn't tell Jason so it was a nice surprise for him. I told my stylist that I wanted to go bright red so she brought out some samples and we picked the best one. I have to say, it turned out a lot darker than I anticipated. I was thinking more coppery, but I am really starting to like it. I posted a pic on IG, but I don't know that the color came through so here is a better pic from this morning.
Saturday night, I met up with my fellow runners in training, Holly, Darci, Molly and Darci's two non-blogger friends, Breckin and Fallon. Darci chose The Cheesecake Factory on the Plaza for her birthday dinner, but there was a two hour wait. We went next door to Forever 21 to shop and kill some time and I actually ended up finding two cute shirts that I bought. We went back after an hour and got some drinks and after an interminable wait, finally got seated at 8:45pm. Holly put her name in at 6:30pm so needless to say, we were starving. Dinner was great and we had a lot of fun and a lot of laughs. We made sure to get Darci a birthday piece of cheesecake and sang to her very loudly. After dinner, they were going to go to a bar for another drink, but I packed it in and went home. I knew that I needed to get to bed if I was going to get up and run.
|Holly and I - the only picture I took that night|
Since I got there a little late, I only met up with the girls right as the race was starting. Then, because my pace was slower, I didn't see them again until the end of the race. This was a very tough race for me mentally. I wanted to try and run the entire thing but I did end up walking. There was absolutely no cell reception so I couldn't listen to music via Pandora and I couldn't use my Nike+ running app. Having no music was tough, I think that would have helped me push through a little more. I started to get really discouraged when the freakishly fast runners from the first wave started lapping me and they were completing the race when I was starting my second lap around the course. At that point, I was mentally drained. I wanted to quit and just say, "fuck it" and just had tears running down my face. I came upon the next water station, though and all the volunteers were encouraging and saying, "Great job" and "You got this". That helped me perk back up soI did not quit and ran/walked the rest of the 3.1 miles. I finished with a time of 1:24.
|Darci, Breckin, Molly, Holly, Me|