I started writing this post before race results were up, and I am trying to remain calm as I write this...
Okay, back to being calm.
Running a race a month this year has been challenging - it takes time and money - resources scarce in our household. Ryan has been supportive from the very beginning, traveling 2 hours to another city and even walking in the first race on New Year's Day morning with three kids in tow.
My October race was in South Carolina, specifically, running over the Isle of Palms Connector near Charleston. Ryan agreed to run it with me, and we made it a vacation present for my 40th birthday. So we left the boys at home with an army of caretakers and stayed away for three nights.
The race course was definitely the most beautiful I have seen. The views from the bridge were amazing.
The rest of our vacation - watching a polo match in Hyde Park, hiking the wetlands, gazing at the stars on Sullivan's Island, eating pralines and fudge at the Market, sitting on the beach on the Isle of Palms and seeing the sunrise over the Cooper River Bridge (Ravenel Bridge) made it like a dream.
And when we came home, it was like we were long lost celebrities coming to visit our hometown. The boys could not get enough of us...and so back to real life again.
(For you skeptics, Mom, there were 22 females in the category that I received 3rd Place.)