Flying Pig recap part 1

1 May

We made it!  Nobody died, got hurt, or dropped out of the race.  However, this guy got Tased.

Mom and I finished in 3:36:51.  Pretty damn good, I think!

So let’s recap…

Yesterday I got into Ohio around 10.  Mom and I got to the Expo and made the laps to get to the important stuff…free backpacks, t-shirts, and posters.

I thought the Expo this year was easier to get around.  I don’t know if it was the time that we were there or of there were fewer vendors.  I don’t know, but it was a lot less stressful.

After the Expo we walked over to Fountain Square and had lunch at Via Vite.  Via Vite had a great lunch menu.  I got an open-faced Caprese sandwich with field greens and mom got potato leek soup with truffle oil and Margherita pizza.  Delicious!

Let the carbo loading begin!

After lunch we went to our hotel to check in.  We stayed at the Residence in at The Phelps.  It was a really cool hotel located in the Lytle Park area of Cincinnati.  From our room we could see US Bank Arena and part of Great American.  The hotel was brand new and all the staff were accommodating and helpful.

Our room was amazing!

It was a King bed suite with a little kitchen and living area.  Pretty awesome.  The flat screen TV (which is in the middle in the first picture) was humongous.  It took up most of the dresser it was on!

Once we had checked in it was about time to go to church, another part of the Flying Pig half marathon routine.  The priest told us that he was praying that it didn’t rain today…I think more prayer was needed.

I looked on Open to find out where we could go to dinner.  This particular night in Cincy was über busy.  There was a baseball game, Flying Pig participants, a ballet, and prom.  Yikes.  We decided on Nicholson’s.  We’ve eaten at Nicholson’s many times previously and have always enjoyed the food.  This particular night, I got the “special” which was seared tuna over pappardelle noodles.  Again, delicious!

Carbo loading redux!

After sufficiently stuffing, I mean carbo loading and talking about many important things including Harry Potter and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series, it was back to the hotel to prepare for today and get some rest.

Ready to go!

We woke up bright and early this morning around 5 and scooted down to Paul Brown stadium for the race.  It was a soggy race and the most important buy from yesterday was definitely the $2.95 spent on a Flying Pig poncho.  I’ll keep the recap going tomorrow.  Right now, I think the couch is calling my name…and maybe more water…or wine!


2 Responses to “Flying Pig recap part 1”


  1. How to be a spectator in a half marathon « The Last Corral - May 3, 2011

    […] Flying Pig Recap 1 […]

  2. Taper Tuesday « The Last Corral - May 1, 2012

    […] love, love, love this race.  As I think I’ve said  before, we’ve walked this race since 2004. We started in honor of my grandma and it’s still […]

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