|Re-enactment of our first Mo' Cowbell shot|
I drove the 3 and a half hours to the St Louis area on Friday afternoon. I got to my room right about 5pm. Coy wouldn’t be there until around 10pm. So I just decided to chillax. I turned on the TV and ordered ridiculously expensive room service. I kicked up my feet and waited for her to arrive.She finally got there and I was so excited to see her! We watched the KC Royals play yet another overtime game – which they won (and if you don’t know won the series – Go Royals) and then we both fell asleep. To my surprise we both slept in the next morning. It was nice to just relax…no rush. We got up around 8 and headed downstairs for breakfast. Then we headed out for the day.
Coy had never been to St Louis for more than just the night so we set out to see a few sites and pick up our packets of course. We headed over to St Charles, MO which was about 10 mins from our hotel. The expo and the race has grown exponentially since the first year we did it together. They had 1500 runners that first year and around 5000 this year. We browsed a few things at the expo and got our packets. It was a pretty easy process and then we headed out for some site seeing.
Our first stop was the Arch.
It is always pretty amazing if you’ve never seen it. It is just so massive. If you are up close, there is just no way to
get a picture of the entire thing. I
asked Coy if she wanted to ride up in it – I made that mistake once and told
her there was no way I was going with her..but I’d go wait with her if she
wanted to go. When I described the ridiculously
small “pod” they transport you in she opted to just look at it. Youtube it if you want…if you are at all claustrophobic
it is not for you!
|Coy & I under the St Louis Arch|
|The outside of the City Museum...you can just see how fun it is|
|Acting silly in an airplane|
|Everyone needs a pic in front of a rooster|
|Just outside of Busch Stadium - Go Royals!|
Our last stop was to Busch Stadium – home of the St Louis Cardinals. Now, us folks from KC are not big Cards fans…esp right now since we are both in the playoffs, but it is a beautiful stadium and Coy wanted to see if so how could I say no JWe finally headed back to the hotel for some dinner – at the hotel bar and then back to our rooms to get some sleep before the race.
In our race packets was the parking information which clearly said get to the race early. Everyone will get there an hour beforehand, get there sooner…to which we both laughed…ha, we’ll leave about an hour ahead of time. Um, we should have listened. We got up about 5:30 for the 7:30 start and were out the door about 6:20. It seemed like plenty of time. It wasn’t. Traffic was backed up way off the highway just to get off the exit. By the time we finally got parked, I dropped my bag and we hit the potty it was literally 2 minutes til go time. Well, at least we didn’t have to wait around!
This was my first race since my Mom & Dad passed so I wanted to do something special to honor them. I created a sign which I wore on my back for the entire race. A few people commented on it, but most didn’t. I was kind of surprised more people didn’t say anything, but maybe they just didn’t know what to say. I wanted them to be with me during the race and I know they were.It was a pretty cool start at about 45 degrees, but it was absolutely perfect running weather. We both wore a cover layer to start, but quickly shed it before mile 2. I was never hot and never cold. It was seriously perfect weather for a run.
Now, let me remind you that I’ve had a lot on my plate. I have lost both of my parents in the last month and I’ve done a lot of traveling. I hadn’t ran over 4 miles in about 2 months. So I had no idea what to expect really. But, I did expect this race to be slow and painful and have lots of walking. To manage it I put us on a run walk ratio of run 1:30 walk 30 seconds. It’s amazing how fast that 30 seconds goes by.
|A few pics we took along the way - there's a horse see|