Dinner was penne with italian turkey sausage and garlic bread. For my bedtime snack I had Devil's Food cake and green tea. I was (thankfully) able to get into bed by 9:30, but not before I noticed that all of my favorite running clothes and especially socks were dirty. Crap! Nick said he'd take care of it for me and got them washed and hung to dry while I stayed in bed. I just prayed that I'd have something dry in the morning.
The alarm sounded bright and early at 4:45. I got out of bed, drank some water and made my CoCo Wheats. I also drank some coffee with creamer. Gotta stick with traditions here.
I was sad to discover that the running skirt I'd had my mind on wearing was still a little too damp for my liking. Again, crap. So instead I chose a pair of black shorts with pink trim to match the bright pink shirt I was going to wear (Tori and I wanted to wear similar race outfits this weekend). It ended up being a good thing, because these particular shorts have a huge zipped pocked on the side that was big enough to carry my ID and a Hammer gel (For some reason, Hammers do NOT fit into the gel loops in my SpiBelt).
As planned, I did wear my Spibelt so I had my iPhone with me. I put some Roctane and Espresso Love in the loops. Having the iPhone was awesome because Nick could track me more closely through the race. The Runner tracking service only texted at the start, the 10K and the finish, and that was hella cool in its own right, but with "Find My iPhone" Nick was able to pretty much watch me as I ran.
I wore my flowery Bondi Band too, which I got TONS of comments and compliments on. Someone who works with Girls on the Run even stopped me after the race and asked me where to get them and how much they were because she thought they'd be perfect for the girls. I gave her all the info and told her they could even do custom styles! I love my Bondi Bands! I've even bought them for Tori, which you can see in her pics in the last post! They keep sweat off your forehead and out of your eyes, keep your hair back if you have a tendency toward wispy end flying around, for me they also keep my scalp from getting sunburned, and they are just cute. Ok, enough of my Bondi Band love, but seriously, they are awesome.
My Oakleys were also a necessity once the sun came up. Thank goodness for polarized lenses. I also wore my hot pink Asics arm sleeves, which I know I have professed my love for on here before, because it was a little on the chilly side. I knew it would warm up, though, so these would be easy to just rip down and/or off.
Anyway, we left for downtown around 5:30 (again, we only live right here in the Mexican War Streets, so it's not far). By the time we hit the bridge, traffic was already bumper to bumper and just creeping in. I had the ParkPGH app running and it showed that the garages were starting to fill up. We were lucky to get a spot in the garage we had planned all week for - the one on Stanwix and Ft. Duquesne. It was expensive, but we had planned on that and felt it was worth it.
In the garage, I got myself together. I got my bib pinned on, my SpiBelt on just right and made sure I had everything. From here, it was just a short walk over to Corral B - fitting for me, right in front of the Wines and Spirits store. Tease! haha
Security was super tight, which was greatly appreciated. Family was not allowed in or near the corral. At the guarded gate, I said goodbye to my family - hugs all around - and stepped in. It was around 6:20 or so and it was still pretty empty. I looked around the sparse crowd and didn't see any pacers yet, so I just kind of situated myself toward the back 1/3 of the corral. It didn't take long for the corral to start filling up, though.