Thursday, October 11, 2012
We headed up to Nashville at 5:20 a.m. (only 20 minutes behind schedule!) to pick up Monika, Rick's sister-in-law. After that, it was a long day in the car. We always like to pack a picnic lunch and eat and play at a park the first day we travel, since it saves money and burns some of the kids' energy. Rick found a good one, the Warriors' Path Sate Park in Tennessee. There was the strangest exhibit from The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe. Just look at the Mr. Tumnus statue below! Finally, we reached the hotel near 9:00 p.m. What a long day on the road!
|Beautiful leaves along the way|
|Mr. Tumnus statue at the park|
|Great park with huge playground for the kids!|
I was going to get up and run 2 miles today, but Rick used today as another rest day so I decided to as well. That made 2 rest days before the marathon. We made it to the Expo at 10 a.m. The kids had the best time walking around and getting free stuff! It was a little annoying to have to walk through all of the vendors twice just to get our numbers and shirts. They had them on opposite ends presumably so we'd have to go through twice. Then we headed to the Port Discovery Children's Museum for hours of fun! We love visiting different children's museums on each trip we make. This one was great but way too crowded with field trips in the morning hours.
|Our family at the finish area (near expo)|
|Port Discovery Children's Museum|
|Going to the "Top of the World"|
|Great views of the city!|
|My pesto and mushroom pasta dish|
I will do a recap of the race in my next entry, but here is a picture of us after we finished the race.
|State #22 completed!|
|Street performer with a huge crowd!|
|Dragon paddle boats|
|Flag in the harbor|
Sunday, October 14, 2012
We headed home around 5:30 a.m. our time (they are an hour ahead), and we repeated the all-day car trip home. We were all VERY glad to get home around 8:00 p.m. that night!
Here is my info from the race: