so Saturday was race day….and man was i nervous and excited and nervous. got up around 4:30ish and we left maybe 5:30. it was gonna be like almost 30 mins to get there, i have never been there b4, you have to park off site and I had no idea how big or small it was. so we got there quick, found parking quick, a lil ways down in a residential area and basically chill in the car till around 6:15. made our way down the road, and chilled some more on site. they were still setting booths up and registration didn’t open up till 6:30. well finally 6:30 rolls around, we go to the big white tent, to register and turns out registration opened at 6, but it was still early and no one really was there yet. got my racing bib and a timing chip that i could not figure out who to put it on my shoe, since that was the first time I ever got one, seeing how this is only my 2nd race:P finally figured that all out and then babe was there with me at the start until it was time to go.
and go we went. i started up in the front and i decided i was gonna attempt to race for time. when i first started, i felt like so many ppl were passing me, but then i began passing ppl…so it was ok…i ran more that I thought I could. i pushed myself. i was impressed and proud. the adrenaline was pumping and i ran my little heart out, i ran so much my calves were like ‘wth r u doing…walk dammit, walk’….hahaaaa.
but i felt good…accomplished. i took a couple of pics during the race, but not too many since i was trying to get a good race time. and i did text babe at the 2 mile mark just to give him a heads up where i was, just so he was ready for me at the finish line. the night b4 i told him to watch for me at abt the 35 minute mark…since i thought i was gonna average 38-41 minutes, since that’s what i do for 3 miles and there was gonna be an incline, and i didn’t know how much of an incline it would be. which it ended up being not so bad.
so i’m coming close to the finish line, i’m at the entrance of the parking lot, where the expo and finish are…i’m keeping pace with these 2 ladies in front of me…then something just took a hold of me and I thought, imma pass them, yeah!…let’s do this. and i passed them…i came fast around that corner…and i saw babe, to the right, looking down, not even ready for me…hahaaa. but then he saw me, and took video:P. his plan was to take video with one hand and pics with the other, but he didn’t know what the 2 mile text meant, like did i have 2 more miles to go, am i at the 2 mile mark…and when i told him to look for me at 35 minutes into the race, i didn’t know i was finishing in 35 minutes…which was a record for me:) but pictures or not, he was there, bright eyed and bushy tailed, all early in the morning, supporting me and cheering me on, and that’s all that matters:)
so the race results were posted later that day and i finished:
#565 out of 850 participants. my official time was 35:25.1. i kept a pace of 11:23 and out of 517 women running i was #307.
i’m no speed racer, by any means…but for it being my 2nd race, and training for 1 1/2 weeks after not running for 2 weeks….i’m happy with the results:) it only makes me want to push myself harder.
and…and….i got my 1st finishers medal….aka, race bling:).
we stayed a lil for the expo, got some free treats then were were off.
we ended up going to the swap meet to look for some possible goodies for our costuming…saw some potential stuff, but we weren’t willing to pay the prices…so we passed. it was fricken huge!!! we’ll have to hit it up another time…but it wasn’t a total waste, since babe got some new shades:)
we were uber tired after a long ass day…and it wasn’t even 2p yet…hahaaa. took a great nap and then it was time to get ready for his birthday surprise…that he forgot we were going to…lol.
do you know how hard it was trying to keep this surprise a secret?? very!! when u live with someone, and we’re both home all or most of the time, it’s super hard. and naturally, you wanna tell ur partner in crime exciting stuff. i got a great deal from Groupon( i luv Groupon and Living Social deals, by the way) for Mystery Dinner Theater. This is something we both wanted to try and anytime I know he may wanna try something, i make a note of it so that way, we can for sure, do it. I am a lil more adventurous when it comes to somethings…like i swam with sharks…i wanna sky dive, i wanna ride an elephant, etc…him, not so much. but he’ll ride a jet ski any day of the week, and i care not too…yea, i’m weird like that:P
Now, i originally wanted to surprise him on the day of his bday, which falls on a tuesday, but they only do the show fridays and saturdays and the coupon was quickly coming to an expiration(well, what you paid amount never expires, but the promo does, and i’m not gonna pay extra, when i don’t have to). so we get all dolled up…and my baby looked good!…while i wore a skirt and sneakers( but they were my wedding sneakers, so that was ok:P). the doors open at 7:30, show starts at 8p and since i didn’t know how parking wsa gonna work, we left a lil early, but not too early, maybe 6:50-7p. he guessed we were going to a comedy show and i tried asking him what made him think that, but he said he was gonna let me at the end of the night. i almost thought i let something slip or i messed up somehow. i had been holding on to this secret since November, and i would have been sooooooooooooooo disappointed if i messed up the surprise. we get there and right in the front of the restaurant there was a big sign that said Mystery Cafe Dinner Theater…there was no hiding that. after some pics outside by the sign, we make our way inside and wait in line to get into the space. its in a restaurants, and they had it sectioned off from the rest of the restaurant, but they only do this on fridays and saturdays and you gotta make reservations for it. so as we’re waiting in line, turns out he had no idea what we were doing…it was a complete surprise. SCORE!!
at first i thought he was just saying that to make me feel better, but he was genuinely surprised, and that was awesome!!
this room had some big round tables, they sat like 8 ppl, they had maybe like10 tables in the room. for a lil less than 1 person admission, i got a 4 course meal for 2 and a show:) our servers were the actors. it was called Crime Pays…a who done it kinda thing. we started out with a soup, then a salad, when you make your reservations, you pick what entree you want, they only give you so many to choose from and i picked beer braised short ribs( great choice by the way, since they were delicious) and then dessert. in the middle of the table, they had a picture game to play…between your whole table( and they promote you talking to each other, getting involved in the show, etc) if you can match the most amount of game shows listed with the game show host, you get a flaming dessert. sadly we didn’t win…but the chocolate cake was still good. and their drinks, were STRONG! *hiccup*
i think out of our table, we had the most fun. this kinda show isn’t for everyone. it’s either not ur thing, or u really like it…and we had a blast. at the end, they ask you to fill out sleuth cards of who you think killed who…and the winner gets a prize…well we didn’t win. but we had a great time anyways. at one point of the show, they take time to recognize any birthdays or anniversaries by having the person stand…well babe didn’t wanna stand, so i kept trying to point at him as he would swat my hand away..hahaaa. but they saw him and then the room sang happy birthday to all who were celebrating:)
so the bday surprise was a hit!! not only was i worried that he found me out, but i was worried that the show was gonna suck cuz i didn’t read the greatest reviews and the ones i did read, all said the same kinda thing, that it takes a certain person to like that kinda show. i do plan on writing a good review, since we had a blast:)
came home….exhausted. muscled thru some Doctor Who then Orphan Black….then it was sleepie time….
overall…a great day!!
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