albeit a quick one, our weekend was absolutely wonderful!
several months ago i shared that we had scored a great deal
a gorgeous bed & breakfast right in the heart of seaside
& approximately 200 yards from the starting line!
each guest receives a vera tote upon arrival
& a bottle of wine, compliments of the cottage rental agency in seaside.
the inn was gorgeous. the breakfast room was beautiful but closed when i left to run
& obviously closed upon my return.
but dan said it was lovely.
& i'm certain he actually used the word "lovely".
the forecast was rain from friday night until sunday morning.
it rained our entire drive down
( speaking of drive, we spent $160 on gas.....good gracious!!)
but stopped as we arrived.
it was super blustery & chilly, but dry.
i'll take it!
when we pulled in, i told dan it looked like we had arrived at a fitness convention.
usually seaside folks are dressed in stylish casual beach attire.
not this weekend. black yoga pants, running shoes & north face galore.
i had envisioned sitting by the ocean all day saturday & shopping all day sunday.
well, there was absolutely no sitting by the shore in that weather.
so we ate & shopped.
the red bar ( my favorite place to eat!),
& my post race treat, a fried shrimp po-boy from seagrove market!
before we left, i was able to hug my celebrity friend, darby's neck
as she was down there cheering on a huge group of girls!
it was a treat for me to introduce her to dan.
i think our spouses sometime wonder if our blogging friends really do exist!
all the runners were also given a hot barbeque meal & free beer.
& various discounts at shops in seaside.
just realized that i forgot to photograph the tshirt.
super cute & the women had the option of a fitted running shirt vs. the classic tshirt.
another cute perk to the race.
i think i'll be hard pressed to be wowed at my next run after
all the goodies vera & seaside hooked us up with!
our wifi connection was best on the porch.
so we did a quick social network catch up before heading to bed.
we had just arrived back at the b&b saturday night when the thunderstorm rolled in.
it was gone by the next morning!
i had big plans for a serious power nap on our ride home.
having slept little to none the night before the run
then loosing an hour, i was wore out.
we hadn't been on the road for 30 minutes when i received the following text=
"how long after throwing up do i have to wait before i try to drink water?"
turns out one of my girls had been home vomiting for several hours at that point
& continued to do so for several more.
poor thing, she didn't want anyone to come over while she sick.
so instead of sleeping i stayed awake & worried.
on the up side, this gave me a chance to stop & photograph some cattle
which i've always wanted to do.
on the down side, my zoom lens is dead so all i had was my fixed.
& let me also admit that city girl here does not know proper cattle terminology.
so if anyone would like to school me , please do so.
is this a calf? a yearling?
he was the most gorgeous buttery color & he was also completely spooked by me.
i wish i had a little video because the entire time he was doing a little backwards two step...too cute.
& is this mom? is she called a heifer? a cow?
my ignorance is embarassing.
this one was most intriguing.
surely she is about to give birth very soon.
is this an ox?
(my head is hung in shame by the way)
i braved a giant mud puddle for this one.
see the little white calf? precious!
back to the vera loot~
each runner received a tote bag at the end of the race.
i scooted over to our vera shop at phipps yesterday & traded out for a different print.
they also passed out little vera wrapped water bottles
& id cases at the packet pick up.
i traded my vera tote from the b&b and picked up a few other goodies
while i was there too.
i needed to be a good steward of the $20 coupon that was included in the post race tote.
vera bradley was very very good to us!
i loved everything about this half marathon.
i loved that it was relatively small in number
( which by the way, if you plan to run this year it filled up prior to christmas)
the goodies were fantastic
great food & music
& of course, visiting my favorite town
even on a cold blustery weekend
was a wonderful treat.
i want to thank my sweet man
who , how shall we say, financed every detail
from the registration fee, the gas, new running shoes & clothes,
accommodations & dining.
he did all the driving & has provided more words of encouragment
& excellent post run massages than i could have dreamed
all for me to go & run.
(ps, hey darby, if rover feels like answering my farm animal trivia,
it would be so appreciated!)
(pss, my sweet girl finally went back to school today & is feeling a little better)