- The race organizers had the option to have our packets mailed to us this year so we did that and picked our shirts up at the finish. Luckily, they had our sizes. I guess they ran out of shirts (Which I thought they might since the volunteers weren’t collecting the bib tickets). I also heard stories of some people not receiving their bibs but can’t confirm that. We had no problems in either area.
- The food at the finish had problems – moldy bagels and bruised/old bananas. I was still happy with the pretzels, though! There were also a lot of food trucks so people had options. It’s not like we were stuck in a food wasteland.
- There were about 6,000 more runners this year and it was pretty obvious. Parking was a big mess, again (but not for us!) and some people were turned away because they missed the last wave. Very disappointing for them.
- There were two water stops – one at the top and one right before the shore – and hydration vests were allowed this year. If you do this race, it is cupless but they rigged up PVC pipe and had a long row of “drinking fountains” along with the spigots to fill your bottles so no one went dry.
- Personally, I finally learned my lesson and wore a very short sleeve shirt and light capris with a visor and no knit hat. So much better! The arm sleeves were off before the first mile marker.
- There were a ton of photographers and we will get our pictures for free! I can’t wait to see them!
- No aborted selfie attempts at the top.
- Great view!
- Great running company!
- Great weather!
- A lot of fun!
- Still no sharks 😦
I have been trying to break an hour for the 10K distance for A LONG TIME. Like, over a year. I would get ohsoclose but no cigar. Ms. S knew I was gunning for a PR but I was worried about her lungs (it was chilly at the start and very windy at the top of the bridge) so I had no idea how things would turn out. I decided to just run and see what the morning brought. Well, we started off nice and strong up the 2 mile incline (again, it didn’t feel that difficult) and then picked it up for the descent. The section after we hit the other shore and had to cross over the highway was a suffer-fest again and was pretty bottle-necked but we keep the pedal down and…. 55:41!! That’s an 8:58 average, boys and girls!! I still can’t believe we did that!!
We have already signed up for year 3, because we need to finish our medal puzzle, naturally! We’re not quitters! 🙂