This weekend I ran Race 13.1‘s event in Raleigh!
Friday afternoon, I got off work and started the supposed 2.5 hour drive to Raleigh. It took me closer to 3.5 (thanks rush hour) but it’s okay because a good majority of my drive had views like this:
|Nothing but blue skies and sunshine made a fantastic drive!|
I eventually made it to packet pickup, but not without a little bit of panic driving in city traffic. I’m not used to four lane roads in the middle of the city! Packet pickup was at a shopping center (totally not what I was expecting!) and after a bit of confusion parking in a parking garage, I made it to Omega Sports where pickup was held.
Pickup went very smoothly, I was so impressed at how organized it was! The “packet” was really just my bib and shirt. I don’t have a picture of the shirt (and to be honest I’m too lazy to go downstairs and take a picture of it) but it matches the medal (further down the post) and is probably one of my top favorite shirts! It’s a nice color, has a big bold design, and actually FITS! Most race shirts look baggy on me, but this one definitely ran true to size, so props to Race 13.1 for getting top-quality shirts!
After navigating myself out of the confusing shopping center, I went to where I was going to be spending the night- with our friends Josh and Meredith. The 3 of us went out to dinner, ate some amazing meatballs at Oak City Meatball Shop (If you’re ever in Raleigh, I recommend it. The spicy pork meatballs were the BOMB) and then toured an art gallery.
When we got back to their apartment I laid out my “Flat Runner” for Instagram:
|The debut of my “I am not fast” Baymax tank!|
Okay truth is I took a picture and then slept in it. It’s what I do before every race, and I’m not really sure why. But I can’t stop now!
|Photo from Triangle Taiko on Facebook|
Despite the heat and the little bit of disappointment, I finished!
Not to mention, I got to add this beauty to the collection:
Overall, the race had nothing super special that stood out to me. Would I do it again? Probably. They have another one in the Fall and it’s already on my radar. It was a well organized, smooth running event (with great bling!) and I thoroughly enjoyed the day!