I'm so sorry that I've been missing since Saturday morning, but I've been awfully busy. You know, those half marathons don't just run themselves. :)
As you know, I headed hOmaha this past weekend. My sister Erin and I left Friday after school and got home just in time for dinner: delicious gnocchi. We then chilled with the parents for a bit, and then I persuaded my dad to watch a movie with us -- and then promptly fell asleep about 30 minutes in.
After sleeping in for a bit on Saturday, my mom, my sister, and I headed to Lincoln for packet pickup and the race expo.
|Weird photo, but oh well.|
I absolutely LOVE race expos, but I wasn't really looking forward to this particular one because when I ran Lincoln in 2012, the expo was pretty darn lame. This year, it was much, much better. I bought two Bondi Bands (I buy one for each major race I run, so I bought one for Lincoln and one for this week's Market to Market) and a Run Nebraska tank top:
I mean, you can never have enough t-shirts to show your state pride (especially when you live in a different state), right?
My sister also bought the three of us shoe charms:
After checking out absolutely everything at the expo, we headed to the Haymarket neighborhood for a bite to eat at Old Chicago and an ice cream cone at Ivanna Cone, the cutest little ice cream parlor. Side note: it's always a good idea to have an ice cream cone before a half marathon, especially when you haven't had dairy for about three months...
|How cute was this message on the stairs leading up to the ice cream parlor?|
Then, we headed to Aly's parents' house for some family time with Alex, Aly, and this little guy:
|Look at the size of that hand! (I mean, I know there's the whole closer-to-the-camera thing,|
but still: that's the hand of a big boy!
Is he a beautiful baby, or what?
When Brody went down for a nap, it was time for us to head back to Omaha. I spent a little time outside, soaking up the glorious sun:
Oh, how I wish I had a patio at my apartment. I would spend all summer like this.
After not too long, I decided to make sure everything was ready for The Big Day:
Clockwise from bottom left, I had two GUs, my Spibelt, my earbuds, my Garmin, my Brooks, my drugs (Ibuprofen and Immodium), two fruit chews, socks, Vaseline, the earrings and bracelet (miles to go before I sleep) I always wear, my hair tie, my new Bondi Band, my capris, my sports bra, and my running top with bib pinned and ready to go.
We had a fairly early dinner of spaghetti, salad, and bread:
Then my mom, my sister, and I crashed super early, as we had a 4:00 a.m. wake-up call.
Stay tuned 'til tomorrow for the actual race recap. :)