Before you scroll down through the photos, I'll give you a hint: it's where it ALL began. And by all, I mean this crazy running thing. I saw an ad for the race in my Runner's World as I was on the treadmill in my hometown athletic club. I had the crazy idea that while I could NEVER run 26 miles, I just might be able to run 13!
It was my mom's first plane ride since she was 13!
The Cumberland River
Running in Centennial Park and a quick tour through the Greek Parthenon!
Inside the Opryland Resort and Convention Center, which happens to be a large indoor garden.
Some guy came up to us and asked if we were sisters. Yes, we kinda look alike.
One of my best friends, Teresa from high school even drove the 7 hrs to come see me and watch my race!
Coming in strong with a 1:51 finish
Getting my stretch on after running through town and past all these fabulous homes where people were having breakfast and drinking mimosas while we ran.
One year later, I went back and ran the very same race with a bunch of my high school girlfriends!
And, in case you haven't already guessed it, I'm off to NASHVILLE, TN! Although, I do believe I mentioned it a while back on the bloggie. I won't be going to run the Country Music Half Marathon, but I will be seeing my friend Kristin and doing some sightseeing while we're there. Don't get me wrong, I'd visit her even if it weren't Nashville, but heading to a place you already love makes it just that much easier to return.
Now just a few more days of work and I'm off! Have you been to Nashville? Is there a place you really want to visit because of its sights, history, etc? Nashville was that place for me. I wanted to visit it to explore the home of country music and walk into bars where nobodies were singing, but sounded like they had a record deal. I continue to return because the people and the nightlife there are amazing!
And, if you're looking for a fun race to do, I highly recommend any of the Rock 'n Roll series, which the Nashville half and full marathon are part of. The music, course set up and finish line area are exceptional!