The energy in the start area was AWESOME! From the runners to the announcer to the spectators - it was amazing. We were all ready to ROCK!
Obviously, things slowed down significantly for me in the final few miles. That is ok though, things happen. I made lemonade out of my lemons and just enjoyed the sights around me. I must say, there are some absolutely BEAUTIFUL parts of St. Louis including Lafayette Square and some amazing residential areas like Compton Heights and Fox Park. Much love being sent out to the families that came out and threw parties in their front yards as well to cheer us on. While I might have really wanted to come snatch some snacks out of your hands, I really appreciated your cheers, high-fives, music, and smiles along the way.
Oh, one of the last stops in the secure area is one my absolute FAVORITE parts of crossing the finish line - chocolate milk. The volunteer looked at me like I was nuts when I told her that I ran 13.1 miles just for this. Ok, that's not the entire reason I ran, but this is such a sweet reward waiting for you at the finish line.
I also earned the Rock Trio medal today for completing my 3rd Rock 'n' Roll half marathon (or longer) race of 2016. I will receive that medal in the mail in a few weeks but it is well worth the wait. If you aren't familiar with the Rock 'n' Roll Heavy Medals program, be sure to check it out. It is an awesome (and free) program that earns you extra bling for completing multiple Rock 'n' Roll races in the same calendar year.
The post race headline concert was The Urge which I got to enjoy listening too while I was at VIP tent eating, but I had to leave to check out of my hotel before the concert was over. The Rock 'n' Roll race concerts do not disappoint and offer a wide variety of performers at each tour stop. The best part is that the concerts are free!