Well, I’m back from a whirlwind weekend in Tempe, Arizona! What a trip! I had soooo much fun! Tempe was awesome, the weather was awesome, the people were awesome, and the run was awesome. What more is there to ask for?
On Saturday morning (the morning of the run), my husband and I were up at around 5:00 AM for the 7:00 AM start time. We had our coffee and a protein bar and then we met our group (The Tillman Scholars) in the lobby of our hotel at 6:00 AM. We then all walked together to the ASU Stadium. (This is where Pat Tillman played college football.) Once we were there, lots of photos were taken and we just kind of stood around a lot and eventually made our way to our coral.
In the past, my husband ran this race really hard and came in at around 27 minutes. There was no way in hell I was going to run that fast unless there was a wildcat chasing me, so I gave him the option of running fast by himself, or running like a slow-poke with me. Since he couldn’t enjoy the rest of his day the last time he ran that fast, he decided to run with me at my pace.
Eventually the race started and we were off! I had a goal of 9 minute miles and I was determined to stick to that, so my husband let me wear his fancy schmancy watch that lets me know my distance and time. I was setting the pace. I went hard and steady on the hills (which were doozies!) and did lots of swerving to avoid folks who were falling out. Towards the end, the race route runs into the ASU football stadium where there are announcers, big screens, balloons, people in the stands cheering, and it’s just really freaking amazing. I definitely felt a surge of energy that carried me over the finish line and I finished strong with a smile on my face.
What was my time you ask? 35:58! So I actually ran under 9 minute miles (the race is 4.2 miles long). What was my husband’s time? 35:59! Ha! Beat him!
After the race we took some pictures in the stadium and then made our way to the VIP tent for some light snacks. The rest of the day was pretty exciting as well. That afternoon we attended a pool party at our hotel and we had dinner and drinks with friends that evening. It was such a fun weekend that totally exceeded my expectations. And the best part? We were all there to honor an amazing man who gave up everything because he felt compelled to do more and serve his country in a time of war. Pat Tillman, you will not be forgotten.