The alarm went off at 4:15, but Matt, A. D., and I all hopped right up. Surprisingly, I slept better than I thought I would! After some coffee, bagels, and bananas, A. D. drove us to the Titans stadium to park and catch the shuttle to the starting line. Randomly, Christy, Tim, Jessica, and Scotty were pulling in at the same time, so we all rode the shuttle together. We were all giddy, nervous, and excited. We got to Centennial and hung out for a while and walked around. We all made sure we went to the bathroom one last time, and then I said good bye and good luck to Matt and A. D. They were in a much higher coral that I was!
I lined up with Jessica and Christy and the race began! We all three talked and not far down the course, we saw Mom and Dad. Mom had her camera out clicking away, and Dad was waving the “Hot Rod’s Hustlers” sign at us. It was definitely some good motivation and one of the highlights of the race for me! I think Christy, Jessica, and I stayed together talking for about the first 3 miles, and then we got separated and were running different paces. I felt the really good the entire race, but once I got to mile 12 I was getting tired – and that’s when just about the entire mile 12 is a slow incline uphill. Torture! At mile 12 I need some downhill action – or at least some flatland! I made it through, though, and ran the entire 13.1 and felt really good at the finish. My time was 2:10; A. D.’s was 1:58; and Matt’s time was 1:43. I just don’t know how those boys do it!
Matt was at the finish line waiting for me, and as soon as I hugged him, I heard “MOMMY!!!’ And there were Chloe, Cole, Ninnie, Big Poppa, and Uncle Mitch – another highlight of the race for me! We all met up at section V, and there were several other HRH runners there. We all swapped stories and high-fived and huggged. We had 24 Hot Rod’s Hustlers team members this year, and these people worked their booties off! Unfortunately, due to injuries and some unexpected last minute work schedules, not everyone crossed the finish line. We had a total of 20 participants to finish, but kudos to all 24 of the Hot Rod’s Hustlers for all of their hard work training and raising money. Our oldest team member is 69-yrs-young (a role model, for sure!) and our youngest runner is 26. We had two team members to run the full 26.2 miles, and we even had a pregnant team member (Niki – another role model!) As of now we have raised $14,722, and I still have a little money left to record. It is possible that we could reach $15,000!! So, in the past 2 years, HRH has raised over $32,000 for LLS. Truly amazing!!
After the race we rushed home for a quick shower and headed back out to Robert’s, Dad’s favorite honky tonk. I forgot about my camera until after everyone had left, so I don’t have many pictures. We had a great turn out, though. Not near as big of a crowd as last year, so it was much easier to talk to everyone and visit. We had lots of team members and their families to show, so it was fun seeing everyone.
A. D. came back home with us, and after we got back home, the fatigue and soreness began to set it. We thought about grilling some steaks and treating ourselves to a nice, big meal, but we were too tired to even think about going to the grocery store and cook! We rallied and only made it as far as Garcia’s, but we feasted big on some Mexican – our favorite, of course! The rest of the night was spent being very lazy. It was a great day, a great race, and a great amount of money raised for LLS!