We had some exciting news on Monday morning - Jeff and I, along with seven others from our running club, were picked via lottery to run the Houston Aramco Half Marathon in January! This is a big race, and we've all talked about doing it for a couple of years now, so earlier this month, we entered the lottery as a group (meaning we'd all be chosen or none of us would be). The emails were sent out just after midnight and I happened to be awake to see it - woohoo! This race is one month after the BCS half marathon, so all we have to do is stay healthy and injury-free for an extra four weeks...totally doable, right? Anyway, we're seeing this as a "destination race" even though Houston is just a couple hours away. We've all booked rooms in the same hotel for Saturday night and are looking forward to having some good times, both that weekend and with all the training runs leading up to it. We're even going to get shirts made with our team name on it...we are serious about having fun with this!
Last week we loaded up the car, complete with Paco, and drove to North Carolina. That is one LONG drive, let me tell you. Two full days of driving, through seven states total (Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina). We stopped fairly often to stretch our legs and let Paco out of his crate - he did really well and was happy to explore all the new places. One of his (and our) favorites was in Mississippi, just after we crossed the big river. They have a nice rest stop where you can hike around a bit. Some pictures:
Paco and I, Mississippi river and bridge (that we just drove across) in the background.
Jeff and Paco climbing the stairs to go to the other side of the rest stop...nice exercise after sitting in the car for so long!
Cannon from Civil War - Vicksburg, Mississippi.
Jeff and Paco, with the old and new Mississippi river bridges behind them.
We stopped for the night in Birmingham, Alabama, which was a really beautiful area to drive through. Lots of tall trees, lush valleys - quite nice. Paco was happy to have the run of the room (note the blurry tail wag).
The next day we drove, and drove, and drove...something about knowing your end destination is coming, but still many hours away, made for a long day. We were less than two hours from Sam's place when we hit a massive thunderstorm. One lightening strike was REALLY close to us on the freeway - yikes! It made all of us jump. This was Paco shortly after:
I DO NOT LIKE DIS, NOT ONE BIT!!!
We finally arrived at Sam's place, where Jeff and Paco immediately went into relaxation mode:
Sam wasn't pleased that Paco claimed his chair...
But soon, they were sharing nicely.
No pictures of this, but every evening, as we sit out on Sam's balcony, we've been treated to a firefly show in the grove of trees nearby. I haven't seen fireflies since we lived in San Antonio, so this has been especially nice.
Have a great weekend!