Me, Mom, Brandi @ top/ Erica, Maddie, Alania on bottom right
We had a couple of snags before we could get started. First of all, parking! There were cars everywhere and no one directing us where to go. We pulled into the McDonald's parking lot and headed to packet pick up, got our bibs and shirts, and headed back to the car. Once there an employee came out and told us we had to move.... of course we do. So we head back out of the parking lot where I see my friend Kelli walking by, I shout to her and ask her where to park, but the lot she was in was already full. We find someone in a safety vest and they direct us around and we end up parking in some grass, but we never got ticketed or towed, so its all good.
The next snag? Bathrooms. There were no port-a-potties anywhere!!! This is a festival with food and vendors, I couldn't believe they didn't have any bathrooms! So we stood in a very long line to use the borough building restroom. That left us about ten minutes to the start of the race, so we headed toward the start.
Mom was nervous. She also had been having pain in her left leg and was worried that it might keep her from finishing. I had no worries. This is my mother we're talking about here, I gotta get my stubbornness, I mean, determination from somewhere! So the air-horn sounded and we were off!
I tried to take some selfies while in motion.... not too bad, right?!
We ran at the start, Mom telling us later that that was the longest distance she had ever run without stopping. Once we hit the second mile we ran some more, and Mom was looking strong!
After that second run we walked until we were in sight of the finish line, when Mom said with a grin, "I'm doing another one." (YAY!) And then we were off one last time. We crossed in 48:05, and in the words of my mom, "We weren't last!" We hugged and had just a few happy tears. Here's to the beginning of something wonderful!
Steps from the finish! I'm so proud!