Photo Highlights from the Rock 'n Roll Dallas Half Marathon Weekend
Hello, friends. As I type this it's 3:30am the morning before the half marathon...not the Dallas race but instead, the Rock 'n Roll Raleigh race on April 13th. Despite my hard work, a technology breakdown led to the loss of my Dallas blog file and now I'm left with no time to rewrite before heading out today for Raleigh. As a compromise I've decided to publish the photo highlights here and then hit the road for the drive to the race.
Thursday, March 20th:
|With Jim in town working all week we opted to stay in a room at the Hyatt House,|
complete with full kitchen for "home cooked" meals.
|Breakfast today before I spend the next 6-8 hours working on my computer|
and returning phone calls:
Poached eggs on avocado with salsa & a glass of OJ.
|Jim returned to the hotel in time to squeeze in a quick run with me just before rush hour.|
|Jim runs ahead along the beautiful Katy Trail in downtown Dallas.|
|A view of Uptown Dallas from a bridge along Katy Trail.|
|Not the most scenic stretch here but I am so thankful for this gorgeous weather.|
|I heard on the news this morning that today is National Happiness Day.|
I'm celebrating with this 5-mile run on a perfect spring day in Dallas.
|All along the Katy Trail there are hotels and restaurants that cater|
to the runners going by. Here there's a "run up" window if you
prefer to break from your workout.
|You can find free water all along the trail--so wonderful!!|
|Another view of the town as we make our way back to the hotel.|
|If you're staying near the American Airlines Center, ask your hotel concierge|
where Victory Promenade is--this was the closest access to the Katy Trail.
|American Airlines Center.|
|Having some fun as a tourist.|
|Dinner tonight was a big salad (this was only my first serving).|
I love being able to prepare my own meals!
Friday, March 21st:
|Getting ready for the race...|
|An Emily sighting! And today is her birthday so she's showing off|
the cake that fellow RnR Gypsy, Andrew Pelletier, dropped off for her.
|And speaking of Andrew, we find him just after our visit with Emily.|
|This is Andrew's hometown race and next up, he'll be joining us|
in our home state for the Raleigh Half Marathon.
|After such a long winter it's so nice to see outdoor dining again.|
We stopped by the Nodding Donkey to catch some of the NCAA March Madness scores...
|...then went across the street for an appetizer at Boxwood.|
|Artichoke spinach dip appetizer.|
|Another perfect day in Dallas.|
|Virginia Mamone of TeamUP arrives from Las Vegas to work with me this weekend.|
|We spend Virginia's first few hours in Dallas working on our CMTA sign for the meetings and the race.|
|This is how to spend a Friday night!|
Saturday, March 22nd:
|Kelly Millard of Allard is here to share information with the group|
regarding the braces that Virginia and I wear.
|Virginia shares her story with the group, an emotional journey of being|
diagnosed with CMT and then learning that her children
had also inherited the disorder.
|I award Carter with the Get Back UP medal and thank him|
for inspiring me with his courage and strength.
|A well-earned medal for sure!|
|Thank you so much to the CMTA Dallas for the invitation to meet you!|
I truly believe we're all in this together, and that by joining forces
we can make each other stronger.
I'm looking forward to running for you this weekend!
|Virginia enjoys a Texas-sized order of onion rings.|
Sunday, March 23rd--RACE DAY:
|In addition to celebrating the CMTA today, we're also celebrating|
with Joe Harris, who is running his 100th Half Marathon
here in Dallas today. That's Joe in the middle with
the 100 toy medals we bestowed upon him. :-)
|Michelle gives him a photo frame of "100 hugs" ...gotta love the RnR Gypsies!|
|A look-alike card for Joe!|
|Dan Evans (Season 5 Biggest Loser) is our friend and fellow RnR Gypsy,|
running today to inspire others to make healthy lifestyle changes.
Thanks, Dan--always great to see you!
|National anthem being sung before the start of the race in downtown Dallas.|
|Another large Rock-n-Roll crowd!|
|And we're off! We're running towards Dealy Plaza and the historic|
book depository where JFK was shot.
|A perfect day for running, not too hot and not too sunny.|
|The JFK museum store across from the Book Depository/JFK museum.|
|The "Grassy Knoll" of JFK assassination lore.|
|After 13.1 miles in beautiful Dallas we spot our RnR gypsy friend, Dorcas, at the finish line.|
|And then we found Virginia cheering us on to the finish!!|
|Virginia was spreading joy and raising awareness for the CMTA with her beautiful smile.|
|The temperature dropped throughout the morning so we were all happy|
to get on the warm shuttle bus back to our hotel.
|Cheers to our friends at the CMTA Dallas, and to my lil' buddy Andrew--you|
helped us get through the 13.1 miles today!
|The shuttle bus dropped us about a mile from our hotel so|
we had some fun along our chilly walk back.
|Run, Virginia, Run! (Aren't you grateful for your Allard braces now?!)|
|TeamingUP in Dallas today was great fun for a great cause.|
|And now for some well-deserved down time in Dallas: shopping|
and eating in the Bishop Arts District.
|Virginia's snack board...|
|Beth's snack board. :-) Okay, so I continued to share my bounty|
with Jim and Virginia but in reality I think I ate more than my share.
|I don't want to let her go back to Vegas. Thank you, Virginia, for |
sharing your story and your strength so graciously.
This is one reason I'm grateful for having foot drop: gaining friends like you!
|A celebratory glass of red wine with my makeshift, |
homemade Salad Nicoise after a long Get Back UP weekend.
|Perfect weather for flying as I catch the sunrise before catching my flight back home to NC.|
|This was the 5th running of RnR Dallas but just my 3rd in a row here. |
I love this course and despite taking it slow, taking photos along
the way and visiting with spectators on the route,
Jim and I still finished the race in 2:06.