"OMG...you weren't joking!"....
This was the response from a fellow bridesmaid Saturday morning at a friends wedding as I gathered my things in order to put in a 14-miler. In preparation for Seattle, I needed to get in some road time before wedding-day duties were in full swing.
After a later-than-my-usual night after the rehearsal dinner, I gave the girls a warning that I may be up and about early the next day. While for the most part I don't live any differently than any other 27 year old woman, I realize when taken out of my "bubble", that sometimes that I do live a little differently-but hey, that makes me well, me!
After quietly slipping out the door at 7:30 on Saturday morning, the run through Beaumont started out fairly rough-I could not find a shoulder or quiet street near the hotel. I am rather spoiled in The Woodlands. This was quickly remedied as I found a great park on a marsh, which turned out to be the reception site as well. Also included here were horse pastures, a bird sanctuary, and botanical gardens. To top it off, I felt strong and a more like I did while training for Boston (pre-injury, that is), coming in at 14.2 in 1:50 in 7:45 average.
I took a couple PowerBar Gels on the way and took in recovery fluids immediately afterward. I came back to the hotel clear-headed and ready to help. I was met with more laughs for my actions as I told everyone that I ran through the garden where the reception was to be held hours later (they don't know what they're missing:)) and traded the running shoes for a pair of platform heels, a dress and flowers.
As for the wedding itself, it was simple yet beautiful, enjoyable, and came together nicely. I love experiencing milestones with others and helping them out when needed. I was definitely tired come later that night, but it was definitely worth the full day. Congrats to the bride and groom!