WOW! The #Houston2012 Trials were AMAZING!
Batch and I met up with Amanda (and her husband David), Corey, Terzah, Laura and Kellie (my picture of the group was awful so ladies, please send one my way) and huddled together against the 30 degree morning air. From our viewing/cheering location, we would see the runners come by 4 times- miles 2, 10, 18 and 26.
Men’s lead pack – Ryan Hall in the lead.
Women’s lead is more of a cluster at this point, but Desi is slightly in front.
We opted to go get our race packets after the men came through at 18, so we missed the women. It was nice to fly through an expo and still see everything, but I did miss seeing the women up close one more time. After retrieving our packets we decided to stay close to the finish line rather than try to get back to our previous locale. It was too crowded to get good pictures of the men’s finish, but we did see it and Meb was FIRED up! So awesome to watch!! We had better luck with the women’s finish:
Shalane for the win!
Desi with a strong 2nd! Kara was solid at 3rd, but my picture of her is blocked by a tall guy stepping in front of my camera- oops. Good think I stuck around for their victory walk:
Congrats ladies, very solid performance! Looking forward to seeing what Team USA can do in #London2012!
And this one is my personal shout out to Deena Kastor. There’s something about following the career of someone who’s very close to your own age and watching what they are still accomplishing! Congrats on a great performance today, Deena! (She was enjoying every minute of the finishers chute- waving to the crowds and smiling the whole way.)
I’m inspired and fired up for tomorrow’s race. Eyes on the prize…eyes on the prize.