My trip started early with a 6 am wake up on Saturday for Stacie and Jason to come pick me up. They were nice enough to let me tag along with them for the day till Jesse could meet up with me that night. Despite being tired, we chatted the whole way down and even enjoyed ourselves some caramel spiced ciders from Starbucks since we were both feeling under the weather (ok mini pity party done)...
After we got slightly lost and viewed more of downtown Portland then was in the original plan, our navigators decided to just go to the hotel and see if an early check-in was in the cards and wahoo it was! From there it was lots of stairs in the rain to Expo. I may have looked slightly foolish trying to go down the stairs, but who cares, I was going to my first Expo! Unfortunately, it was too rainy to get any funny pics along the way :( We got there and Stacie got all checked in and we began shopping till we were dropping. Even though I had never been to an Expo before, I had seen them before so I knew this was on the smallish slightly disorganized side. I was able to find these cute ornaments for our tree from a local company with a couple of really nice ladies. They even took their picture with us!
|Stacie, me, Julie, and Ashley|
After some none Expo shopping it was time for un-healthy meal number 2 at the Macaroni Grill where Stacie had planned our Bloggy Meet Up Carb Load Extravaganza! I always love getting to see everyone and this time I got to meet some new people!
|I apologize but I have no Idea what Track Coach is doing!|
|Jill and Amanda|
|Valerie, Harmony, Blond Pony, Mel, Jill, Amanda, Me (hello reflective headband) & Stacie (thanks to Track Coach and Jason for taking the pics!)|
|Harmony, Blond Pony, Mel, Jill, Amanda, Me & Stacie|
Then when everyone else headed back to their comfy beds to sleep or plan their spectating routes, we headed towards Battle Ground so Jesse could get out some pent up aggression and play some indoor soccer with his brother and sister-in-law. I really truly am very sad I don't have any pictures of this! Lets just say, he showed a lot of hustle out there. He even kicked the ball a few times. I think it is probably how Mom's feel when watching their kids play. They want them to do good, not embarrass themselves, and have the other kids be nice to them! Once they were all a sweaty mess, we headed out for unhealthy meal number 3 at Billygans, one of those restaurants where you throw the peanut shells on the floor. This time I did mostly stick to cider and one or two potato skins! We finally got to bed around 1 and set the alarm for 6, fun!
Well I failed the 6 o'clock wake up call, but we were out the door by 7. We managed to catch Stacie around mile 5 but she was so zoned out that she didn't even notice us. Wow runner FAIL! Poor Jason was starving by then so we opted for a much healthier breakfast at Subway (ok double bacon, but with egg WHITES) and then went to see if we could spot the elites coming in for the finish. After we about gave up and left, they finally came, two guys booking it behind a police escort. Awesome! Then we left to try and find our car. This ended up being quite the adventure and took us far too long. Yea, I felt stupid, small town girl can't find car in the big city! We finally did, celebrated with a picture and headed towards mile 15 to see Stacie again.
|Stacie's support crew minus camera man Jason. Notice Jesse with the umbrella, men can't pack for themselves! No coat or sweatshirt!|
|Getting ready to cheer!|
|What a running superstar!|
And as you now know it has inspired us to run a big race, just never Portland! So yes, I will be running my first half-marathon in June and Jesse will be running his first full! The Seattle R'n'R! You should join in!