Sooo, after running the 1/2, I still had work to do! The plan was to eat and rest for about 30-45 minutes, then drive back out to he course to cheer some friends on and then run a bit with my peeps who were running the full. I won't go into why, but it was actually more like 2 hours later when I finally got back out to the course...and, I was afraid I'd miss my friends if I tried to navigate my way through the possibly closed streets in my car.
What'd I do?
I walked / jogged the course backward to mile 24, of course. Somehow, I missed 2 of my friends despite my efforts to not miss anyone...I was probably looking down at my Blackberry for status updates, lol! But, I did catch two of my peeps and got to run with them for a bit. I didn't realize that I had missed two friends, so I kept waiting.....and waiting. No biggie, because I also got to cheer for runners. The race officials were about to close the course when I saw my friend, Pam, heading my way. I trained for Houston and Chicago with Pam in '06 and only had the chance to see her a few times since then...now we had 2 miles to catch up a bit!
I estimated that over the course of the day, I had easily walked/run over 20 miles! I was sore as heck...much worse than anything I've experienced after a 1/2 marathon. I think all that walking/jogging after cooling down did me in, but it was a lot of fun and totally worth it!
Here are just a few images after the 1/2...
This is me with friends Amy and Edwin....this was Amy's 1st 1/2 after having a baby and Edwin's 1st 1/2 ever!
Celebrating the 1/2 and my birthday with the family...lots of chips, salsa, fajitas and margaritas (for me, not the hubby - he was driving) and yes, the Munchkin was ready to go home!