January 14, 2012 9:30 AM
*Owen paced Alicia
**Malissa paced Kyle
Written by Malissa
We decided to run this race just a few days before the race. The kids have been wanting to run in another 5k and we still have a few states around us that need to be knocked off our Race the 50 States. We decided to find a race in South Carolina because the kids aren't going with us to Myrtle Beach in February when Owen and I run our marathon/half-marathon.
Owen found a race on the Clemson campus that sounded fun. We left Friday after the kids got home from school. Clemson is about a two and a half hour drive from here so we arrived at our hotel right around dinner time. Owen hopped on the computer to find us a restaurant that served pasta. He found a place real close to the Clemson campus called BRiOSO Fresh Pasta. They make the pasta right there and was some of the best pasta I have ever had.
|Michael relaxing at the hotel before we head out to dinner.|
|Owen and Alicia getting ready for a great meal. |
Just wish that bottle wasn't in front of Alicia's face.
|Michael stuffing his mouth full of the best pasta we have ever had.|
|Kyle and Alicia said it was the best pizza they have ever had.|
We took advantage of the late start time and the hotel breakfast. After breakfast we headed back to our room and got all our warm running gear on.
|Kyle and Michael are ready for the race.|
|Alicia and her American Doll, Alysse, are ready for the race.|
When we arrived at the race we picked up our race packets and then headed back to the car to look through them and stay warm! Our packets were not green by any means but the kids enjoyed all the samples. As it got closer to starting time we headed back to the starting line to scope out our competition. That's when we realized it was going to be a small race.
|Racing partners, Owen and Alicia|
|My racing partner Kyle|
|Michael ready to kick some booty|
It was a beautiful out and back course. At the mile two marker I realize something was wrong, my watch was showing that we were only at 1.72. Kyle had a really great race but I think I pushed him a little too much in the beginning because he was having trouble the last half mile. Everyone was shocked at the finish line, not only was the race a little short (2.89 instead of 3.1) but we also had to remember our own time and write it down for them. I forgot to stop my watch until after I was through the finish shoot that I'm not really even sure what our time was.
Being the small race that it was Michael, Kyle, Alicia, and I all placed. Michael, Alicia, and I all took first place in our division and Kyle took second.
|The Lillywhite winners collecting our "prizes".|
Even with the let downs of the race we had a really great family getaway and marked South Carolina off our Race the 50 states.