The expo was Saturday at Petco Park and we got to pick up our bibs, shirt, and swag bag. There were quite a bit of people there, but everything ran smoothly and all the volunteers were super nice. I also enjoyed walking around, trying samples and looking at the different vendors. I even bought myself a Halo Headband to keep the sweat off my face and keep my hair back. I have extreme difficulty with headbands staying on, even if they claim to be "no-slip", but this worked like a charm. After expo-ing it up our only other plans were dinner at Souplantation because salad bar + soup + bread + pasta + dessert = happy Jen. I was getting pretty nervous/excited, but tried to get to bed early for the big day.
little pee (TMI?). It happens, I literally couldn't help it and there were no bathrooms around. Just don't start calling me Jen "peepeepants" Jones. I was actually able to recover and pick it back up on the downhill portion to the finish, but I knew my "goal time" was slightly out of reach, but I still gave it my all. Looking back on it, the whole race seems kind of like a blur.
I know going into my first half, my only serious goal should have been to finish and to try my hardest. I accomplished both of those things. However, I also really felt I would be capable of running a sub-2 half...maybe I could have if it wasn't for a certain problem... I know that I can! I ended up finishing 2:02:19 (Andi got 2:01 and change, like a beast...we both really wanted that sub-2!). I guess this just means I'll have to sign up for another!
Age Group (F 25-29): 160/632
We were welcomed by a large cheering crowd and recieved our medals. I saw Shaun and my friend Nikki, and felt like it was all worth it! I picked up some refueling food, banana, orange, popchips, coconut water, and stole a chocolate milk for Shaun (sadly, no dairy for me and they didn't have my beloved chocolate coconut water). The nice thing about ending at a stadium is there were plenty of restrooms to cleanup and change. Our gear was ready as we walked up to the table...seriously, so organized! They were also having a Celebrate San Diego event so we were treated to a free Lifehouse concert after. The main reason I stayed though was the stadium food, because a pretzel and beer are legit refueling foods in my book. Made it home and alternated between the floor and couch for the rest of the day whilst watching tv and movies.