Sunday, December 23, 2012

Dallas Marathon Race Report: Part 1

Marathon #3: Dallas Marathon December 9th, 2012

I realize the race report is long over due, but I needed some distance before delving into what happened on marathon day.

Friday night I finished packing and got a good night of sleep.  Saturday morning I was up early, hanging out with the kids.  I did a quick 2 mile tune up run around the neighborhood before getting ready to head to Dallas.  Jennifer picked me up and we headed up to Dallas.  Jennifer's Mom, Peggy, also came with us, acting as honorary Sherpa and entertainment.  The drive up was fine, we stopped for lunch, and chatted the whole way.  First stop in Dallas was at the Expo.  We picked up our packets and walked around but didn't do any shopping.  Then we checked into the hotel, the Hyatt host hotel.  After running some errands we got back to the hotel to get ready for dinner.

Now this is where messed with our minds.  We had been checking the weather forecast multiple times per day all week.  Pretty much it was 60 degrees for the 8am start, getting up to 70 by the afternoon.  A little too hot for my running taste.  A cold front was planned to come through late Sunday night.  BUT started reporting the cold front hitting Saturday night, with 30 degrees at 8am Sunday.  Holy smokes.  Talk about a complete shift.  We had brought warmer clothes but no ear covering or hats.  So we stopped at Target and picked up some ear muffs and gloves, that matched our outfits of course.  We stuck with a chain restaurant for dinner, the ever predictable Olive Garden.  After we got back to the hotel to get ready for bed, the news channels were all reporting 60 degrees for the start and was committed to 30 degrees.  We decide to make the call on what to wear in the morning and went to bed around 11pm.

Marathon day coming up in the next post...

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