Wenatchee Half Marathon - Saturday, April 17, 2010
Eyes open. Clock reads 5:44 a.m. At first, I close my eyes and think, I have one more minute until the alarm goes off - ni.... OH CRAP. We are leaving at 5:45. ARGHHH! At least I didn't completely oversleep. Rob says, "you pushed snooze a long time ago." Thanks dear. I guess I am not shaving my legs this morning. So much for a shower. I check the boys bedroom - no Michelle. I find her sitting at the kitchen table quietly drinking coffee, eating breakfast and reading a magazine. At least I set the automatic timer on the coffee pot and set my clothes out the night before - let's roll!
It's 6 a.m. - the morning looked perfect from the view of Plain Valley. Sun shining through a light layer of hazy clouds, 50 degrees. A great day for a morning jog. Wenatchee is a short hour drive from the cabin and one I am used to on Saturday wee-mornings. Packet pick-up is from between 6:30 - 7:30 a.m. with the race starting at 8. The plan was to be at pick-up at 7, use the restroom, drop our stuff at the car, use the restroom and start the race. The email correspondence from the 'director' stated that they were expecting a record number of participants estimated at a thousand people.
We pull into the parking lot next to a series of porta-potties at 7 a.m. This has got to be close. How convenient - right next to the restrooms. Things are looking good!
But, are we in the right place? Where are all the people? Oh - a thousand people for the whole event. There is a 10K, 1/2 marathon & full marathon.
I pick up my packet. This is too easy! We found that we had plenty of time to walk around, find indoor plumbing (twice), sneak across the bridge for a photo and drop our 'warm' gear at the car prior to the race start.
A great first half.
Now when is the second?!