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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?

nashville half marathon recap

This recap is long overdue but I’ve kind of just been basking in the glory of a fabulous PR for the past week!
nashresultsOfficial chip time was 2:08:21 (65/181)! That’s almost a 20 minute PR! I’ll take it.
nashhalf2This race was $85 when I entered in September, a bargain compared to Disney races but about average for other races of similar distance. It started and finished on Broadway in Downtown Nashville. I thought that was going to make it really crowded, but there weren’t as many runners as I expected. Maybe 1,500 to 2,000?
nashvillecourseIt was ridiculously cold for this Floridian at race start, but I guess I might as well get used to running in this weather. At 32 degrees, it would have taken an Eskimo’s parka and the fuzziest of fuzzy slippers to keep me warm so I ducked into a hotel lobby to wait it out for awhile instead.
After a “quick” bathroom stop it was time for race start.
20131109_065415(2)We started six minutes late because the race directors seemed to be waiting for the bathroom line to clear up, but I don’t think that happened.  When you gotta go you gotta go.
nashhalf5Those scary bags under my eyes are courtesy of the frat that rented out the hotel I got to get a good night’s “sleep” before race day. Yeah, I’m old. F them. That is all.
nashhalf4About halfway in it warmed up, and I started to regain the feeling in my hands and fingers.
nashhalf6 nashhalf7 nashhalf8It was a beautiful course. It wasn’t as hilly as I expected, but I was glad I trained for the few that I got.
Just past Mile 8 the 2-hour pace group passed me as they headed past a  turnaround toward the Mile 9 marker. I figured they were only three-quarters of a mile ahead of me.
nashhalf10Once I did the math, I got so emotional I started to cry at the Mile 10 mark. This was it. All I had left was a 5K between me, the finish line and a knock-em-out-of-the-park PR.
For the last chunk of the race we did an out-and-back similar to the Color Me Rad Nashville course through LP Field.
nashhalf9Finally I hit Mile 12 just under the 2-hour-mark and the end was near. I put away the camera and booked it to the finish line.

5K 29:14
10K 58:57
15K 1:28
20K 1: 59:04
Last 1.1 miles 9:17 (8:26 pace!)

A glorious 1/2 mile downhill finished the course. I felt like  I flew through the finish line and may or may not have smacked the girl behind me in the face. Oops.
nashhalf1nashhalf3I’m looking into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Country Music Half in April. It follows a similar course and it should still be pretty cool in April here so who knows? Maybe I have a sub-2 in me? Who would have thought that a few years ago?