Wednesday, April 22, 2009

St. Louis Fun

It was so convenient that Amy and I were running our half in St. Louis, which is less than a five hour drive from Chicago. I sweet talked the boyfriends (well, mostly Amy's bf, since he's the one with the car) to drive down and hang out with us since Kristen had two weddings to attend on Saturday.

Friday was interesting. Amy rides free on United because of my passes so she had gone to Reagan airport to try to hop on a plane to Chicago, where we'd go to St. Louis together. Some times the best laid plans go awry and it ended up being about 8:30 p.m. (instead of 2:00) that she finally made it. Standby is always an exercise in patience, especially at an airport like Reagan, where there is a constant stream of people saying, "Oh, I'm on the 7:00 p.m. flight but I finished my day early, can I get on the 1:30 flight instead?" Amy pretty much spent 7 hours being bumped by revenue standbys. We decided to nix our plans of going to St. Louis on Friday night and to just drive down with the guys on Sat. morning. It actually worked well because Kristen was really sick and it gave her time to rest instead of entertain us.

We got to St. Louis early, had brunch with Kristen and FINALLY met her fiance! He was super nice and we ate a really great meal at a cute brunch/lunch place. They went off to their mega-wedding day and we headed south to the Budweiser Brewery.

As much fun as it is to play around with the equipment, y'all know the real reason we went.

FREE BEER!!!!!!! And yes, that is a glass of Stella that you see. They started giving that stuff away after the merger with InBev. Delicious.

We had dinner at one of my favorite STL restaurants, Zia's on the Hill. It was a fiasco because it was 6:00 p.m. on Saturday night, the place is uber popular and apparently the other 9,998 half runners decided to do their carb loading over there too. The poor hostess just plain sucked. This is one of the unfortunate side effects of my years of restaurant experience. I get extremely judgmental when the service is bad. This girl was disorganized to the max. Sometime during our hour and a half wait (we were quoted 45 minutes), I wanted to take her aside and show her how to get herself organized and understand how hostessing works. But I digress. The food was delicious and we were famished by the time we sat down. After dinner, the boys and Amy went to the casino (where Adam lost all the money that Brian won, apparently) and I went to the grocery store to get our marathon breakfast.

I've already told you probably more than you cared to know about the race so here are some pictures.

MORE FREE BEER! And this one was the Oatmeal Stout from Shlafly Bottleworks. SO YUMMY after 13.1 miles. I had forgotten how freely they give out the free suds in STL.

After the race with our coveted medals. YAY!

Getting in the fountain in front of our hotel was all I could think about once I realized I'd be soaked from the rain anyway. Too bad it was all algae-d and gross and I could barely keep my balance. I made it about 3 steps in but oh well, it was fun anyway!

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