Nikki and I headed to the airport to fly into Savannah to meet Deb so we could all run the Rock 'N Roll Savannah 1/2 Marathon on Saturday. This is the first time that all three of us didn't travel together as Deb recently moved back to Chicago. It was a bit different but it worked out that we arrived within an hour of Deb so we just waited for her at the airport and then grabbed a cab to our hotel. We stayed at the Holiday Inn Historic District. It was a very nice hotel and the staff was incredibly friendly and helpful. They give out bottled water to their guests at no cost which was a nice added bonus. Once we were checked in we went up to our room and made a tentative plan for the rest of the weekend.
We had breakfast in the hotel Friday morning and then I had to make a few calls to work to discuss the power outage and its affect on my products in the school kitchens. Once all of the phone calls were made we went down to catch the ferry to head to the Expo. While we waited in line we discussed our plans for lunch and dinner for the rest of the weekend. Deb mentioned that we should probably head to Paula Deen's after the race as it may not be as crowded and we would be more likely to get a table. We all agreed and Deb went ahead and made reservations for Friday's dinner at The Olde Pink House.
|Waiting for the ferry|
Once the alarm went off I headed downstairs to the continental breakfast, which started earlier than usual due to the race, to grab some coffee, a bagel with peanut butter, and a banana. I headed back up to the room and tried to silence the beeping smoke detector but I had no luck. As we were getting closer to the start of the race I mentioned to Deb that she was going to need to get dressed eventually. Shortly after this, Nikki was brushing her teeth so Deb started a converstaion with me.
Deb: Nikki is taking awhile, so I am just going to tell you that I'm not doing it.
Me: You're not doing what?
Deb: The marathon today. I am going to make it up and I still want to do all 50 states but I'm really frustrated and feel like a failure after Minnesota. I haven't had time to train properly so I am going to come back and make it up. I just want to have some time to train to improve.
Me: You spent the money to travel here and to run the race, get up and get dressed. I will walk it with you.
Deb: You don't have to do that. You should run it. You are going to make me cry.
Me: No, I am walking it with you. That's what friends are for. End of discussion.
Deb: I don't have workout pants.
Me: No problem, I have an extra pair.
At this point, Deb gets up and gets dressed. We all head to the start line, jump the fence and wait in our corral. Deb does tell me again that I should run it. I reminded her that I had rolled my ankle recently so it was probably good for me to walk anyway, plus friendship is way more important than any time on a clock.
|Start line right outside our hotel|
We all woke up pretty easily to the alarm however none of us really wanted to get up. A quick taxi ride to the airport and we were all headed back home. As Deb was boarding her flight that left an hour before Nikki and I's she said "let's all register for Indy tomorrow". We were all good with that as we had talked about it over breakfast on Saturday. Although I asked Deb if that meant she wasn't going to do Phoenix in January and she assured me she didn't say that. She was just mentioning Indy because we had all agreed on it!
Once again it was a great trip with wonderful food and awesome friends! State #11 complete...bring on #12!!
We all registered for the Indy 500 half marathon in May and I started my training plan for my next goal race.
Keep running, you're simply the best, and you inspire me!!