This past weekend, the hubs and I met Michele and her hubs and kiddo in Sevierville, TN, and she and I ran the Santa Hustle Smokies Half Marathon. When we signed up for it, we knew it was TOTALLY for fun because, HELLO, I just ran a marathon the weekend before! Well, when we decided on this “just for fun” race, Michele took that and ran with it. Which resulted in this:
|Thaaaat’s right. That’s me in a tutu. Yuk it up.|
We saw some cute outfits in the starting area (which was literally right in the parking lot of our resort, by the way), but I think this was probably the best.
|Thanks, random chick, for letting me take a picture of you and your offspring.|
And then it got even funnier when a guy dressed up as The Grinch started acting like he was stealing the kid in the middle up there dressed up as a present.
Before long, it was time to head to the start. Michele’s race crew was there to see us off, (true to form, mine stayed in bed) and snapped a few photos.
I didn’t even realize it was time to start until the crowd started moving forward. We got in no hurry on the course whatsoever. We ran when I could, walked when I couldn’t. (Dude, my legs were still like 400 pounds each 8 days post-marathon.) We chatted, we ate cookies, we stopped to take pictures…it was 2:44:45 of awesome.
|Aid station fuel|
|Screw Gu. We have Oreos.|
|Michele with her beloved Oreos. They still had a gazillion left at the mile 12 aid station. The volunteer told us to take a tray with us. It was EXTREMELY tempting.|
Michele’s family was there to meet us at the finish line (yep, my husband’s ass was still in bed) and caught my most favoritest picture ever.
Can’t see it? Zoom in.
|Yep, that picture pretty much sums it up.|
|With an elf handing out candy canes as you cross the finish line!|
I find it hilarious that my 10th half marathon was my slowest, but I would not have changed a single thing about this!