Dane Rauschenberg is a nuun athlete! He came over and introduced himself and told me this fabulous news! He is a super runner and ran 52 marathons in 52 weekends and wrote a book about that adventure! He has a very full schedule that you can check out on his blog. He was the speaker at the expo and was a pacer for the 3:10 group of marathoners at the race. He was so easy to chat with and friendly and I do hope that our running paths will cross again someday. Living History Farms Dane, Living History Farms! Here is a very sleepy Angie Bee on the morning of the race. Vishal (my fellow nuuner) and I met in the hotel lobby at 5:30 to start our day. A.m. people thats a.m!! Being this tired and excited for the day gives me the giggles and I was way beyond grumpy like I normally would be at this hour. Vish informed me that he had a bit of a bridge phobia as we were driving over the mighty Mississippi to get to Moline from the hotel. I couldn't help but laugh and point out that driving in the dark on a wet road with massive amounts of fog over said scary bridge didn't help with the phobia much. Luckily he was beyond grumpy too although he seemed to speed up a bit to get over the bridge as he laughed. No Starbucks was spilled in this adventure by the way!|
The energy at the beginning of a race is amazing! It was perfect fall weather and everyones breath was visible in the air as the chatter was happy and lots of laughter was heard even at this ungodly hour. Its always hard to NOT hang the proverbial "be back in 20 minutes sign" and run at least the 5k instead of wait for the runners to come back and hydrate at our nuun booth. They had a cannon fire with a resounding boom as the race began. Go runner go!! When finished they come and drop a nuun tablet in their water bottle like this guy. He looks like he is on fire after a great race and the picture does not do the steam justice! The race was a success all around and I head many stories of people doing far better than they imagined they would. I met great people like Scott that worked and volunteered for the race right up until it was time to start.After packing up at the end of the day and saying goodbye to the Quad Cities, the spawn, husband, and I all drove off into the sunset. Seriously. We headed west right into it but not before stopping at the Worlds Largest Truckstop for some grub. We couldn't resist the lure of it and yeah, it was pretty big. Traveling with kids means regular stops to run around and get the kinks out. That actually is the only thing I was missing over the weekend was running. My legs ached from being on my feet for so many hours and a run would have gotten my blood flowing and flushed out the lactic acid built up. The trip home was probably the most fun of all. Lots of laughs, Lovely acorns, Running and sunshine. threatening with sticks, and sleep. All is right in our world.Now I sit blogging and filling out recap forms for work. Catching up on social media happenigs that I missed over the weekend and planning to run in a few minutes. I have to remember the sun is going down earlier these days.Less than 3 weeks till my marathon and I am really excited for it. I just met some very cool people over the weekend and will hopefully get to meet up with them at the marathon on the 17th. Out the door to get the blood pumping.Happy Monday and run happy.