This was Chris' 13th full marathon! And we determined that it has been almost 4 years since he has fun a full 26.2 miles. He has done many half marathons over these years, but (except for the 40 miles on his 40th birthday) for whatever reason there have been no full marathons.
He was excited to get out there and see what he could do!
We headed to Dallas on Saturday morning...we went to Academy to pick up his race packet, and then found a Wasabi sushi restaurant for a delicious lunch!! Mmm. From there, we headed to downtown Dallas to check into our hotel. We stayed at Hotel Indigo, which was very nice (but a little stinky)! After relaxing for a bit and resting his legs, we decided to walk around downtown and see some sights before meeting our group for dinner.
We met the FDLIC group at Campisi's for dinner, and it was delicious! They have amazing pizza there, and Chris opted for pasta. It was a nice time with our small group, though it was very, very loud in the restaurant. A big thank you to our CEO for paying for our dinner!!!
Sunday morning, bright and early, we met the group in the lobby at 6:00 and made our way to the starting line about 10 minutes away. There were threats of thunderstorms, but thankfully it stayed away all day!! The weather, however, was extremely humid, and in the 60s...not ideal running conditions because it causes them to sweat so much. But, better than thunderstorms!
Besides Chris, we had Steven -- he was running the full marathon too and it was his first! We also had Ben who was running his first half marathon, and Miguell and his wife Brittany who were running their first half marathons as well. Everyone had a great race day, though the humidity did take its toll.
After cleaning up, we had lunch with Ben and his girlfriend Chelsea at a Mexican restaurant down the street from our hotel...and then we stopped at Central Market and World Market before heading home! It was a fun weekend!
|Chris, chopstick master :)|
|This really made me smile! Our room at Hotel Indigo had a full wall of blueberry |
wallpaper behind the bed! It was pretty crazy! Of everyone in our group that
stayed there, we were the only ones that had it!!
|Me and my hubby in front of a beautiful rock waterfall downtown Dallas|
|Downtown, they were setting up for some big private party outside...and this was |
an art installation they were creating...it was fun but kind of creepy too!
|Our FDLIC runners Sunday morning before the race began!! Steven, Ben,|
Chris, Miguell, and Brittany