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After The Voice's Amber Carrington sang an awesome national anthem, we ran up (yep UP!)Broadway past all the honkytonks. This was super cool (and how we fantastically passed our time afterwards -- had a blast!). My knee had been bothering me and it hurt from step one. Wah-Wah. I made a deal to give it 3 miles. At mile 3, it was fine and I never thought about it again. Whew!! Oh, but other things went wrong: a stitch in my shoulder (Am I the only person who gets these? Is it an overwhelming urge to burp?), the temp only got warmer, and I was gifted with calf cramps in later miles - even though I took 3 salt caps. What the heck? And the hills kept a'coming. You know it's going to be rough when sweat is dripping from your elbows at mile .8 (point 8)! Whine. Whine.
Two things I would change about this race are 1) the horrid electrolyte drink served and 2) a race bib that was simply too large - large enough to be in the way. But, there was so many more positives. We had plenty of water stops and tons of crowd support. TONS. Every street was closed. No one-laners for us. Sweet. [Think about those logistics in a big tourist city.] The support we received was truly spectacular. Never having been to Nashville, this was a great way to see the city.
The finishers medal is enormous and includes a keepsake charm. We had the typical banana and bagel in the finishers chute. The post-race festivities were held at the Music City Walk of Fame. Mimosas were served (Can I just stay here? Also, thank you security lady who asked for my ID - you made my day!) and there were many other tents which I did not visit. I did see a massage tent and no doubt there were other food items. They were also offering yoga sessions as a way to stretch post-race.
Nashville you were awesome. Great weekend fun!