Race: GE Irving Marathon
Date: April 4th, 2015
Charity: Our Children's House at Baylor Irving
Money Raised: $245
The day before the race we drove over to Luke's Locker, a local running store, for packet pick-up. I ran in and grabbed our bibs, a souvenir visor and some Margarita Clif Bloks. We toured a bit more of Dallas and checked out the World Aquarium. I took every opportunity to sit down while the kids explored every exhibit in the building. We then took in a few innings of a Rangers exhibition game against the Mets. Another MLB park crossed off the list! Maya and the family made it on the scoreboard after I tweeted a picture hashtagged with #rangersscoreboard. I took the opportunity to visit the State Fare booth where everything offered up was deep fried. Since they were out of deep-fried S'mores I settled with funnel cake fries and deep fried twinkies. Not an ideal pre-race dinner but since I wasn't going to really race tomorrow I figured why not.
I headed out alone across the start line as the half marathoners hung back and waited for their 7:40 gun time. It was kind of cool having my own personal start. I took off at a 9 minute pace as I caught up to the back of the packers. Early in the course my left hip felt pretty tight and just never loosened up. Other than that I felt pretty good and I kept an aggressive pace until I simply couldn't anymore, around 10 miles in.
|This was as scenic as it gets|
At mile 25 a runner pushing her grandmother in a stroller with a sign that read "Stop Polio" passed me and that inspired me to at least start jogging. I was able to jog the last quarter mile where the kids had just arrived in time at the finished since they just finished up Easter egg hunting and were upset the bounce house had just closed at 1pm. I received my medal and a bottle of water which I promptly lost, and headed right off to get some Hard Eight BBQ not too far away.
|At Hard Eight BBQ after the race|
Race registration: $95 + $10.45 service fee