I know you’re all waiting for a race recap from the Williamsburg Half Marathon from yesterday. But since our fun run was captured on Anastasia’s camera, the real thang will be posted tomorrow.
Thankfully, I took some photos of our weekend pre-race. So you get to see those activities today.
We headed to Williamsburg for the whole weekend since Busch Gardens tickets came with our race bibs (seriously, in this race, we probably got the most we’ve ever gotten for our money).
Early Saturday morning, Anastasia, Rob, and I took a little trek from our (ghettt-tttooo) hotel to the Race Expo.
After grabbing our bibs (I was lucky #219), we grabbed some treats along with our T-shirts at the Expo.
Sidenote: We are so glad we checked at the Expo if there would be energy gels given on the race. Since there was no Gu provided, we each bought one of our own to take down around mile 6.
Sidenote 2: I HATED the cherry chocolate Cliff Turbo Energy Gel I snagged. I’m a serious chocoholic, but downing the stuff with almost 7 miles remaining made me feel really sick. I’m sticking to my favorite apple flavor from here on out.
Of COURSE, this was the first half marathon we’ve run without our own spectators/cheerleaders. And at the Expo, they had a sign-making station.
Uh, we made our own anyway… obviously. Who do you think I am?
Since I was running this injured (and not allowed to “race” it, just “run” it, according to my physical therapist) and Anastasia was sick, we were making this a “Fun Run.” Our slogan was “Destined for Greatness. But we’re pacing ourselves.”
I included this on the sign. Just so everyone knew.
And… remember a few weeks ago when I bought new Asics because I desperately needed them but HATED how they looked? At the Expo, I FOUND MY PERFECT PAIR OF ASICS AND I WANTED TO BUY THEM IMMEDIATELY.
But they didn’t have my size.
After the Expo, we bopped over to Busch Gardens to take full advantage of our free passes.
Since we’re 9 years old and all, we were pretty psyched.
We used our $15 meal vouchers, we hit up a water ride, and we stood in line for almost an hour for one coaster, Alpengheist. We didn’t want to tire out our legs too too much before the race.
Rob also got in trouble for taking his shirt off.
We’re nine years old.
After Busch Gardens and some showers, we went on a hunt for a nice pasta dinner full of lots and lots of carbs. I told Rob I was down for anywhere I’d be provided with garlic knots.
Caaauusssee… who doesn’t love some garlic knots?
I’ve always said one think I miss about living up north is the food. The south simply cannot replicate Jersey’s Italian food.
No one does Italian like New Jersey does Italian.
Not quite what I had in mind.
…but THIS is. This was my pre-race dinner, and it was moneeeyyy. Proving that Williamsburg, Virginia can do Italiano.
The restaurant was called Maurizio’s… and we’ve got big plans to return and completely stuff ourselves silly. I can honestly say this place served up the best Italian food I’ve had in years.
We may or may not have gone as far as to get some Dairy Queen for dessert.
But if we did, I got my fave… a mini chocolate double oreo blizzard.
Look how genuinely happy ice cream makes us. I’d say it was the pre-race prep of champions.
Needless to say, after a busy day, we crashed after laying out our outfits and creating some awesome playlists for the next day.
Race recap to come tomorrow.. and just you wait. I ran with Anastasia’s camera. And three different people spotted me because they recognized these shorts.
Do you have a least-favorite energy gel flavor? Which one really gets ya goin’?
Which restaurant have you been to lately that made you want to high-five the owners like we did?