Warning, I ramble... A LOT. Sorry.
We left Indiana EARLY Thursday morning, about 4 am and hit the road for Memphis. Our travels took us through Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, and finally Tennessee. The last few hours of our trip were through a pretty deserted area (at least for us, we are used to driving down highways and having gas/food options at nearly every exit). The trip was rather uneventful and we made great time.
We stopped in Blythesville, Arkansas for lunch. I had decided we would get cold cuts and make sandwiches hoping to stick as close as possible to my dietary plan to ensure my stomach cooperated for the marathon. Fast food is NOT part of that plan, though it would have been easier. We stopped at Wal-Mart where I was rewarded with the slowest, crappiest customer service ever - and the lunch meat was terrible. I ate what I could, but because of this I ended up eating more tortilla chips than I intended. (side note: I like the Tostitos Artisan Recipe fire roasted chipotle chips, but Meijer's black bean and salsa ones are SO much better!)
|I hate bridges, but was relieved to see this one - less than 10 minutes left!|
After over 10 hours in the car, the last thing I wanted to do was sit on my butt in a trolley! I decided to risk it and we headed out on foot. After getting turned around and walking an extra half mile or so, we finally made it to the expo. I am still trying to figure out why the route wasn't walkable - we walked it at least 6-8 times that weekend and saw many people doing the same! Anyway, inside I found my bib number and picked up my bib and race shirt then we hit up the St Jude merchandise area. I ended up buying myself an ornament, Daniel an ornament, a 26.2 bumper sticker, and a teddy bear for Natalie. I was super bummed that they didn't have a marathon weekend logo sweatshirt. They had St Jude ones but I wanted one with mention of the marathon too.
|Ignore the goofy pose and slippers!|
We did donate $5 to a charity group and two puzzles to the kids at St Jude. (They had dollar store type items set up and you could buy them for your kids and the money goes to charity, or you could donate the toys to the hospital) Since my kids have so many toys already, we had Natalie pick out two puzzles - she loved knowing she was giving a gift to someone else!
After that, we headed back to our hotel where we ordered dinner from the TGIF that was just downstairs. We knew the kids weren't up to eating out after the long day in the car. Hubby had Korean tacos of some sort and I had Kung Pao Chicken - again, not the greatest choice, but the best given my options! After filling our bellies, we fell asleep pretty early. Me and two kids in a double bed - I knew it would be a long night!
Enough rambling for now.. up next in tomorrow's post - Friday excitement and race prep!