Weekend Update: 10/21/12: Des Moines 1/2 Marathon

This weekend, Scott and I left Luke with Aunt Laura and Grandpa and Grandma Bushnell and went to Des Moines!


I went to medical school at Des Moines University, so it was nice to be back in town!


Our first stop was at Palmer’s Deli <—the best sandwiches and salads!


We also shared a rice krispie bar that was the size of our heads! IMG_2274

Then, Race Expo. . .


And pre-race fuel at P.F. Changs.


We were up bright and early in the 45 degree weather to head out to the race.


This is how we both felt about getting up that early in the cold weather!


We stayed in the car until the last minute! IMG_2283IMG_2285

It was a fairly flat course. My calf hurt right from the start, but never completely cramped up. About mile 11, I was tired and done! Thankfully, Scott knew better than to leave me when I told him to go on ahead! And we finished together.  I don’t know of our official time yet – but my Garmin said 2:06. Decent – we were both hoping for under 2 hours, so a little bummed. But our first goal was to finish –> and we did!


It took more out of us that we thought it would and spend most of the afternoon in our hotel room watching TV and sleeping! IMG_2288

Finally about dinner time we finally got up and headed out to Red Robin for dinner. My stomach still wasn’t feeling great, but I did have a very delicious vanilla milk shake!


And because The Cheesecake Factory was within walking distance from our hotel. . . this happened!


And the best post- half marathon snack. . . perfect for replacing salt! IMG_2292

Rockin’ our medals the next morning. . . and feeling a little sore but much better!


Breakfast at Panera before our drive home. . . caramel skim latte and blueberry bagel.


We had to pick up some gummy bears for the ride home. . . someone was handing them out during the race and they tasted sooooo good! I can’t even remember the last time I ate a gummy bear! Side note – the race had tons of great spectators and signs. . . best sign –> “Worst Parade Ever.” Loved it!


Luke did really well while we were gone. . . and I didn’t go thru too much withdrawal, thanks to lots of pictures!


Grandma and Grandpa in addition to taking care of Luke were busy in the kitchen too. . . and made us an apple pie!


Luke was happy to see us. .. or at least had lots of smiles when we got home. He LOVED the bell that we got at the race expo.


Overall, a really good weekend! Thanks to my husband for running the half marathon with me. Thanks to Grandma and Grandpa Bushnell for watching Luke and Thanks to Aunt Laura for watching Grandpa and Grandma and making sure they did it right! And thanks too for the sugar cookies. Winking smile


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3 Responses to Weekend Update: 10/21/12: Des Moines 1/2 Marathon

  1. Congratulations, Katie!! I’m so excited for you! Even if you didn’t finish your race in your goal time, you still ran 13.1 miles…that is something to be seriously proud of! It sounds like you had beautiful running weather!

    I always have big plans to do something fun after a half marathon…and I always end up staying in bed half the day. It is really exhausting! ha!
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    • KT

      Thank you!!! Yup I don’t know why I think the next race will be any different than wanting to lay around all day… Oh well wishful thinking!

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