Well we did it. We finished the 10K and crossed the finish line with smiles still on our faces. In true “Haley” style I danced through the finish. As a side note, a friend once told me that he he known I came out of my shell when I was dancing, he would have met me with a boom box on his shoulder. Awesome.
So my parents and I set out at 6:00am from Bellville on Saturday. It is about an eight hour drive and I really isn’t that bad of a drive. At least for me anyways thanks to my dad, I was able to sit in the back seat and read, plan my week, and sleep while he did all of the driving. After spending a little time at Sara and Robert’s house, we went for coffee at Starbucks, talked about our upcoming trip to Egypt, and how cold it would be on Sunday morning. We finished the evening with fajitas curtesy of Robert (thanks) and watched The Devil Wears Prada. My parents booked a room downtown so they left for their room and the rest of us went to sleep to get some rest before getting up at 6:00am on Sunday.
On Sunday I woke up with enough time to get dressed, brush my teeth, and walk out the door while putting up my hair. Then I checked the weather.
Y’all it was so cold. We drove downtown and found a place to park that would allow us to get back out of downtown after we finished the race. My parents opted to stay in their warm bed when they realized it would be freezing for the race. Wise choice. We stood outside for about forty-five minutes waiting for our race to start.
Finally at 8:22am we crossed the start line and began weaving through people for the next two miles. We also saw our parents near their hotel cheering for us as we ran by them and crossed the bridge over the Arkansas River. Miles three and four were in a neighborhood near downtown and along the river. Mile five took us back over the bridge and into downtown. One final lap around a block and we were on the home stretch. Our parents were waiting for us at the finish line to snap photos and cheer us across the line. I, of course, took the opportunity to dance it in after a race well run.
We finished our short time in Little Rock with pizza at a local restaurant before saying our goodbyes for the drive home. It was a quick weekend, but so good for the soul.