Knoxville’s marathon weekend snuck up on me. It seemed like it was so far away! As with most marathons, the day before there is a Health Expo and packet pick-up. I have always enjoyed the expos… the booths with cool running gear, health food, and lots of people with similar interests as me. Check out this funny t-shirt I snapped a picture of at one of the many booths…
After the expo, my husband and I hung out in downtown Knoxville for a while, killing time before the 1-mile Kid’s Run, where we were volunteering. There’s always lots of interesting things going on downtown. This weekend happened to also be the “Rhythm & Blooms” festival (part of our annual Dogwood Arts Festival), so I guess that explains the random pianos in the middle of Market Square?
And finally the main event. After 2 bad months of training, sickness, and frequent business travel, I was totally planning to walk part or all of it, but a couple good weeks of training runs boosted my motivation. Not only did I finish, I beat my best time and clocked in at 2:10 for 13.1 miles (half-marathon)! I might have finished under 2 hours if I had not run out of steam around mile 11, but I was still pleased. Those East Tennessee hills are killer! I might even consider another one next year. Below are a couple of pictures of my husband and I the day before the race, volunteering at the 1-mile Kid’s Run at Knoxville’s World Fair Park.
After the race, I had a nice big Avocado Smoothie (yes, I’ve been a little obsessed with avocados lately) and relaxed outside in the sun. This smoothie is a simpler version of the one I posted the last time – almond milk, vanilla yogurt, 1/2 avocado, honey, and ice. That’s it! Mmmm….