Sunday, May 2, 2010

5K, 10K, Half Marathon, Marathon, 4 Person Relay, Pump & Run

Marathon Start Time 6:30 AM 4112 Finishers (Marathon)

TRANSPORTATION & PRE RACE

We flew into CVG early Saturday morning. We arrived around 10 am, took a taxi to the hotel, dropped our bags off, grabbed a very bad breakfast at the hotel right before it closed, and headed off on the bus to the expo at the Duke Energy Center. The expo started Friday, so hopefully it wouldn’t be too picked over.

The Pump & Run…hmmm.

Kari and I go on the quest for “Her Pig”…I claimed mine last time I did this race!

I like this one! Could this be the one? The Safety Pig? Kari says no…

Okay so onward to enter the expo…possibly we will find it there! If not, I know we will find some good shopping!

Cleopatra Pig?? Nope.

How could you NOT do this race! Look at all the cute slogans!!

Kari and Bill do not look excited about Pigippides…the first marathon pig…oh yeah, I guess he died at the finish!

Not a good choice!

The expo had an abundance of “Pig” merchandise, but not as much other stuff…but adequate I guess.

Kari kind of likes the finish line swine…after all it flies!

And he apparently had trouble breaking the tape as I did (a story for a another day).

Ahhh and then we come to my pig..the flying cheetah pig…the fastest on earth! hehe

After weaving through the expo and exhausting Bill with our shopping extravaganza we got to the schwag pick up! The pig has the best stuff ever! We got a nice roomy Asics running bag , poster, and very cute technical running shirt. Although Mike thought it was a bit too colorful for him.

Quinn called and just got to the expo…perfect timing as she didn’t have time to do much shopping. She had the kids in tow and had to pick up her mom from the airport. Her folks came in to help her with the kids and support her as she does her first marathon!!

We exhausted ourselves and decided to head to the lobby to sit down and have a coffee. Quinn left and Mike and Steve showed up. They expo’ed while we had coffee and watched the cheerleaders (from the competition next door) come and go.

We checked into our hotel, the Embassy Covington, and headed out for dinner.

Ira was staying close by and met us at the restaurant.

I found some good reviews for Pompilios on the internet.

We went early at 5:15 thinking it wouldn’t be crowded yet, but we had to wait 1:45.

So, of course, we went to Starbucks (in a grocery store) and killed some time.

The wait was well worth it! The place was very quaint and the food was good! The toothpick scene from Rain Man was filmed here!

We were all starving by the time we got a table!

They brought us some free appetizers!

Yummy!!

A pic worthy of the banquet slide show!

I ordered eggplant parmigiana. It was delicious!

Steve got spaghetti and meatballs..look at the size of the meatball!

The serious guys!

After dinner it was back to the hotel to chat and catch up with Mike and Steve. Bill fell asleep in 5 seconds (literally) and we stayed up a little too late, but had a fun night.

COURSE

We got up early and I had my normal breakfast Starbucks bottled frap and a cake donut. We got dressed, got trash bags from the front desk, and met up with Quinn in the lobby. Her running club met in our parking lot and she dropped her bag with them. We headed across the bridge to the stadium (in the rain) and found Ira right away in the crowd! Everyone was huddled in the stadium because of the rain and LIGHTNING. Eek!

We said goodbye and Bill, Steve, and Mike headed off while Quinn, Kari, Ira and myself lined up together. We lost Ira pretty early, but the three of us girls had a great time. Even though it was raining, it was warm enough outside that it wasn’t too uncomfortable. The course goes through a lot of unique neighborhoods and was lined with people. It rained on and off through the race, but that ‘ seem to stop people from coming out. The elevation chart is a bit deceiving because this course is a tough one with rolling hills the entire way. (at least in the opinion of a Florida girl) Quinn ran a fantastic race with each 1/4 of the race being much faster than the previous one. Kari dropped back towards the end but came in right behind us. Quinn’s mom was there to cheer her in at the finish…very cool!

There was a great finish line buffet with every kind of snack you could want!

We walked with Quinn over to her running club tent, visited with her and her mom, then headed over to the buses that would drop us off at our hotel. The guys were waiting on us and STARVING!!


RESULTS

Steve 1:57.40 PR Woo-Hoo!!

Mike 3:47.21

Bill 3:49.12

Cristy 4:35.51

Quinn 4:35.51 1st Marathon!! Congrats!!

Kari 4:44.58

Ira 4:54.30

POST RACE

Very cool medals with a pig on one side and the, hmm, well, back side of the pig on the other…with a pink ribbon that Mike was excited about!

We checked out of the hotel and walked over to First Watch for breakfast.

We said goodbye to Mike and Steve and packed into Ira’s car for one last trip to Starbucks and then off to the airport for our trip home.

What a fun weekend! We packed a lot into two days!

Life is good!

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