Time for her getaway to Indianapolis- YAY!
Flights went smoothly as to be expected-
Bumpy and rainy- just glad she wasn't ejected!
Shuttle to her hotel then met Jeff and Andy-
Their hotels were connected on the inside- very handy!!
Packet pick up at the Indiana convention center-
|THE Wall of Fame!|
Found her name on the wall of fame- winner!
|Zooming in on STUR and Andy!|
Toured the Indiana State House - for real!
|Inside the Indiana State House - Shhh!|
Went back to the expo to meet up with local friend Mark-
This had been planning this all along- it wasn't on a lark!
He kindly suggested a place to carbo load-
It had great spaghetti and meat balls - they were sold!
STUR was very tired from her long morning of travel-
Time to hit the sack so she wouldn't unravel...
STEB had a nice day of rest on Friday
But Saturday of course she would get up early
First she attended a Yappy Hour party
To send off Peanut for the Running of the Chihuahuas smarty!
|Little Peanut in her Cinco de Mayo dress! Sorry for the butt view!|
She was there with Andrew and Riley
Who of course was quite smiley!
Got to meet a couple of cute pups
And dinner on the deck was what was up!
Race morning STUR was even able to sleep in a bit-
Start of the race right outside her window - that's legit!
|Welcome to Indianapolis!!|
Donned her bunny ears and headed to the 5k mass corral -
Even though cool and rainy- the crowd boosted her morale!
She was however seated mostly in the back…
Started to run and made contact with a man - whack!
Apparently these peeps were planning to walk -
She carefully made her way to the runners - she didn't balk.
When the 5k was done she trotted back to the start of the half -
Race number two?!! She had to laugh!
This time she started off way to fast -
Everyone was running - at this pace she wouldn't last.
Ran the same first 3 miles as she did before -
Settled into a more appropriate pace - SCORE!
Lots of folks out cheering and there was no more rain -
For all the bands and DJs that would have been a pain!
And was it "more cowbell" you needed?
Because around mile 3 by the cowbell lady you were greeted!
The aid stations once again were known as the "PITAREA"-
|Ohhhh, it's Pit Area!|
Very well stocked with water and Gatorade, there was no hysteria.
At mile 6 you finally arrive at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway
Andy and Jeff both got high 5's from Meb Keflezighi in there - no way!!
He must have moved on by the time STUR got there -
|On THE track!!!|
But she "flew" through the 2.5 miles without a care!
Once out of the track there was still a bit more to go…
|WELCOME to Indianapolis Motor Speedway!!|
The spectators and the crowds kept us entertained - putting on a show.
Finally STUR hits yet another finish line - she can sing!
Then she was on a mission to find that bling!
|Look at that haul!!!|
The "bling tent" is where she met the rest of her crew -
Had to walk around with THREE medals… What's a rabbit to do?
She did just that while they all got some food -
And lots of talk about their respective races ensued.
|It's a lovely morning to swim!|
Saturday morning STEB first swam at Audrey Moore
|The water temp was perfect!|
Did she then run 9 miles in the rain? Sure!
Underneath Braddock Road the trail was a muddy mess
|This bridge was lovely, underneath Braddock Road, not so much!|
So on the way back STEB took a trail detour – no jest!
Along the way she stopped for just a few...
Over the Lake Accotink dam, a the scenic view!
|You are up higher than you think!|
(But not 300 steps high!)
Later met up with some high school peeps
Back at Kilroy’s it was fun to say the least
|Beers and apps? Yes!|
Meanwhile, after a shower and nap STUR and her group went out around town…
A bit of walking and then the Indiana War Memorial was found!
|Indiana War Memorial|
These post-race peeps walked up 300 steps to the top for a view
|Nice view from up top!|
(Only 300 steps!)
This took well over 5 minutes - whew!
Met Mark again for pizza at a place called Bazbeaux's
For the evening entertainment a play is what they chose.
Sunday morning was another early day
STEB met Jeff to ride 46 miles you don't say?
They started off at Nokesville Park
Met a gal who'd done both IM Choo races on a lark
She gave STEB a few course tips
STEB is really looking forward to this!
It was a pretty windy ride
And that course is not flat - no surprise?!
|Ohhhh, over halfway there!!|
Followed the ride up with a short run
Ledo's Pizza after - all in all it was fun!
Sunday night was another Wizards playoff game
Number 4 and they tied the series up - insane!
|Cool T-shirt giveaway laid out in the DC Flag pattern!|
This time no players got ejected...
The home crowd was off the charts, as expected!
Sunday STUR, Andy, and Jeff had more time to play-
After breakfast they headed to the Indianapolis Zoo for the day
Saw dolphins and dogs in their respective talent shows -
Also, antics in the orangutan area was a go!
Travel back home was a tiny bit problematic -
But everyone got to their respective places - not too traumatic!
Meanwhile, BLUR was in Amsterdam…
She was working, not there on the lam!
|Amsterdam is known as Venice of the North!!|
Did she run through tulips and tourists and canals?
|Lovely tulip gardens!|
|Lots of tourists!|
|Fun to meet up with friends while away on business!|
(And looks - more tulips!)
There was something funny in her room lying around...
Her own personal keg of Heiny could be found!
|Pour me a Heiny!|
She walked many miles for the AVON 39 - it was tough
|Pam the KBun with a racing President!|
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