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i’m in!

nyc marathon I can’t say there’s a better sight than this acceptance confirmation right now. After four lottery attempts and more years of running I’m finally going to run the NYC Marathon this year. I’m still in shock, caught somewhere between excitement, fear and OhEmGee what in the world (WTF) did I just do? Is anyone else in? I think this is just the push I need to get back to more running and posting about it. I always do better with a plan. Speaking of plans, this is the one I’ve made up for the Nashville Country Music Half Marathon. NashvilleCountryMusicHalf2015 I’m running it this year as a RockNBlog Ambassador. Last year was my first, and until this point, my only RocknRoll race. I had so much fun and I can’t imagine this year will be any different. Also on the horizon is RocknRoll Vegas (what!) in November and maybe St. Louis or Chicago. Woohoo! So excited for a full 2015. So are you doing NYC this year? How about any RocknRoll races? Do you have any tips for me for my first full? Tell me in the comments. Oh, and I almost forgot a special treat. You can save $15 off any half or full RocknRoll race in 2015 using CUPCAKECARDIO in the promo code field. Valid on half or full distance only. Not valid for races in pre-sale pricing. Happy running! rnrpromocode

rock n roll country music half marathon recap

I had such a good time at this race that I forgot to take pictures. Who am I?
I managed to snap this one at race start but besides that it was no pictures from then on out. cmm2Friday after work C and I headed to Nashville for packet pickup at the expo. Nashville is only about an hour away from Fort Campbell so we thought we’d be fine leaving an hour and a half before the expo ended.
Wrong. Traffic was awful. Google Maps told me to take a side road and I didn’t listen. There was an accident, then construction and then another accident on the highway and we were stuck in bumper to bumper traffic FOREVER.
Eventually we made it to Music City six minutes before the expo closed. Six! I dropped C off and circled the block hoping someone would pull out of a space. No dice. So I ended up paying $10 to park in a garage and then sprinting for all my life across the entire convention center and up two floors.
Made it through the doors at 6:58. Two minutes to spare.
Close enough?
The expo was HUGE but sadly it was also closed so I didn’t get to see much, but we were ready for race day.
A little carb loading at Demo’s and it was just one sleep until race day.
Come race morning, Broadway was packed. Rock ‘n’ Roll uses corral starts which I love when used correctly. But, like everything else in life that you leave up to human nature, people lined up wherever they wanted (including us) cause a bit of congestion.
The first few miles involved a lot of darting and weaving and it didn’t really let up that much for the rest of the race.
Either way, the spectator support and energy of this was phenomenal and I keep reliving it in my head. Music all along the course, lots of aid stations, water stations and Porta Potties. The only thing that could have made it better would be if this picture didn’t cost me $25.
CMM1Oh well. Can’t win them all.
I had so much fun I’m thinking of doing Vegas in November. It’s on a Saturday night so I’d have until Saturday afternoon to pick up my packet. That’s doable in a weekend, right? Hmm. Decisions.

Have you ever done a Rock ‘n’ Roll race?

thoughts on my first military ball

J and I went to our first military ball a few weeks ago and it was wonderful. ball1I wish J would smile in pictures.
The night was short but well planned. Food was fantastic and the drinks were even better.
ball2I used Rent the Runway for the first time and it went well. Got a $2,000 dress I didn’t actually have to pay retail for. Always a good thing. You don’t get to keep the dress but how likely would I be to wear a ballgown again in the first place?
My concerns about what I was wearing went away after the first couple of compliments. Apparently I did good. I was worried that I’d be overdressed after hearing some people mention short, cocktail dresses. Negative. Lots of ball gowns, although some chose not to  leave enough to the imagination. To each their own.
Our only bad experience was checking in to the hotel for the night. I work full-time and didn’t have hours and hours to get ready, so we rushed over after I got off from work and got dressed in the car. My hair probably explains that one pretty well. We went to the reception before checking in and went to the front desk after dinner.
Even though I booked the room months in advance.
Even though I called to confirm we’d have an atrium view king (which I would have gladly paid more for instead of using the block rate).
Even though they took my reservation.
Apparently they didn’t know how to keep it. Neither the king or the atrium room we booked was available so instead of viewing this from our reserved balcony:bnago_phototour06Source: Gaylord Opryland Resort

We had a window to nowhere. Literally. There was a window and six inches away from that there was a beige wall. I really wanted to like this hotel despite all of the bad reviews because the resort itself is lovely, but if it wasn’t one thing it was another. Just another thing to add to the list of reasons why I love Hyatt and dislike Marriott properties but lesson relearned, I guess.

Have you ever been to a military ball? What’d you wear?