It was another great weekend racing and celebrating 3 years of Hot Rod’s Hustlers. Mom and Dad have been in town most of the week, so we’ve been staying pretty busy. Thursday afternoon Matt and I went to the convention center to pick up our packets (which is always fun), and then we had Family Fun night at school. Friday, we tried to take it easy as much as possible while the kids were at school. That night, we met at Amerigo’s with some of the HRH runners to carbo load on as much pasta and bread as possible. It was a good time, but we were all anxious to get home and in the bed for the big day ahead.
The alarm sounded at 4:15, but we were quick to hop up and get ready. The kids spent the night with Ninnie and Big Poppa, so we didn’t have to worry about them. Mom and Dad were with us, so we picked up A.D., and they dropped us off as close as they could get to the starting line. Matt and A.D. lined up in their corrals, and I walked (back) to line up in mine and met up with Christy and Tim. Everyone was very excited/nervous and ready to get going. Tim ended up leaving us as soon as we crossed the starting line, and Christy and I stayed together for several miles before splitting up. We saw Mom and Dad with their signs at around mile 1.5. They were cheering us on, so that’s always good to see. I ended up having a pretty good race. I actually did better than I thought I would because I ended up slacking on training the last month. My time was 2:08:21, and once again, the boys smoked it. Matt’s time was 1:48:41, and A.D.’s time was 1:56:35. As in years past, it was very hot, but we were able to finish before it got miserably hot. Those poor full marathoners (Ree)!!!
After the race we hustled to clean up and head to Robert’s. Once again, we had a really good turn out – better than I thought we would have! We had lots of people to show up, and we ended up staying much later than we had planned.
We are so appreciative to everyone that donated money and ran with us. This year we had 13 people cross the finish line. We had more that had planned to run, but because of various reasons, they were unable but helped raise lots of money. This year we raised $10,399, and we had great success with t-shirt sales. We are so thankful for everyone that contributed to our team in some way. We couldn’t have done this without the help of others. Year 1 HRH raised $18,219, year 2 was $14,600, and year three was $10,399 for a grand total of $43,156 in three years to LLS. That makes my heart swell!
After Robert’s A.D. came home with us and we hung out until it was time for….. yep, you guessed it…. Mexican! We pounded some Mexican for dinner and struggled to keep our eyes open after dinner. It was a great weekend and another successful year for HRH!