ATLANTA MARATHON MARCH 2012

STATE NUMBER 29!! LEFT ELLA AT THE VET KENNEL-HER FIRST SLEEP OVER AT A VET  SINCE SHE JOINED US AND IT WAS A HEART BREAKER FOR ME. WHEN I RETURNED SHE WAS A HAPPY CAMPER, SO MUCH FOR THE ANGST.   ON TO SARASOTA AIRPORT AND A SUPER EASY TRIP TO EMBASSY SUITES IN DOWNTOWN ATLANTA NEXT TO THE OLYMPIC PARK.  THAT HOTEL CHAIN MAKES ME FEEL LIKE A PRINCESS- SO LUXURIOUS.  THE RACE AND EXPO WERE LITERALLY OUT THE FRONT DOOR. 
EXPO WAS GOOD AND CRUISED THE LARABAR BOOTH MULTIPLE TIMES FOR SAMPLES.  ALSO SOME FREE CHOBANI YOGURT.  THE CNN BUILDING WAS NEXT DOOR WITH A HUGE ATRIUM AND THE BIGGEST MARCH MADNESS BRACKET EVER AND TV SCREENS EVERYWHERE WITH LIVE GAMES. TOO FUN.
WHAT I THOUGHT WERE KIDS JUMPING ON FURNITURE OR AN EARTHQUAKE ALL NIGHT LONG WAS THE FITNESS CENTER LATE NITE WEIGHT LIFTERS. SORRY ABOUT THAT PHONE CALL TO SECURITY. TOOK A DIFFERENT ROOM FOR THE SECOND NIGHT, MUCH BETTER SLEEPING.
THE TOURISTA  AGENDA WAS THE AQUARIUM NEXT DOOR WHICH WAS MY FAVORITE MUSEUM OF ALL TIME.  FANTASTIC HUGE EXHIBITS OF TONS OF HUGE FISH AND A GREAT DOLPHIN SHOW. 
THERE WAS A 50 STATE REUNION MEETING, I WAS SECOND TO LEAST IN STATES COMPLETED!!  THIS CROWD KEEPS YOUR HEAD SMALL AND ENHANCES ONE’S BELIEF IN WHAT IS POSSIBLE.  THERE ARE 674 PEOPLE HAVE FINISHED THE STATES AND 2200 OTHER PEOPLE ARE IN THE CLUB AND TRYING TO.
RACE DAY WE DID A MARATHON MANIAC PHOTO IN FRONT OF THE CNN BUILDING AND OFF THE RACE WENT THRU BEAUTIFUL NEIGHBORHOODS WITH AZALEAS AND DOGWOOD IN FULL BLOOM.
THE HIGHLIGHT OF THE WEEKEND WAS DOING A FEW MILES WITH MARY MURPHY A FORMER STUDENT FROM HEHS WHO IS DOING MOST OF HER STATES AS ULTRAS AND TRAILS, SHE WAS JUST RETURNED FROM PA THE DAY BEFORE AND LIVES ON THE COURSE.WE WALKED AND GOT CAUGHT UP. IT WAS SO MARVELOUS. 
THE RACE WAS ONE HILL AFTER THE OTHER AND THE TEMPS GOT HOT- THIS WAS ST PATRICK’S WEEKEND WHEN THE WHOLE COUNTRY WAS 80-90′. HAD A 3:45 FLIGHT THAT DAY SO WALKING WAS NOT AN OPTION, SPENT LOTS OF MILES NEAR A MANIAC DOING MARATHON #100. LOVE THAT INSPIRATION.
WHAT A THRILL TO FINISH IN THE OLYMPIC PARK AND CHUG A CHOCOLATE MILK.  CAN’T WAIT TO RETURN TO ATLANTA FOR MORE FUN AND CATCH UP IN DETAIL WITH MARY AND YVONNE -THE COOLEST DJ IN ATLANTA.
RACE STATS:
TEMP MID 80’S
1/2 MARATHON 9000+
1461ST/1868 FULL MARATHON
452/636 FEMALES
8/19 AGE 55-59
“I JUST FELT LIKE RUNNING”
LET’S GET OUT AND PLAY TODAY
FONDLY
NW

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