The day has finally arrived…in less than 24 hours I will have (hopefully) finished my very first half-marathon! So. Crazy.
Let me give y’all a little weather update – it is looking like the rain might actually hold off, fingers crossed! I was jumping for joy this morning when I saw the forecast. Literally. But not too strenuously, don’t want to strain my muscles during taper time! As much as I had
embraced accepted the rain, I would be much happier without it. We’ll just have to see how it looks in the morning now.
This morning, Sarah and I headed down to the race expo in the convention center to pick up my packet and browse around. Holy cow, was it crazy! Since this is my first major race, it was also my first experience with a race expo. Can I just say now that I understand why people run races? For all of the cool attire and free stuff!
After picking up my race number (#15576 baby) and free t-shirt, we headed into the apparel area. I was lusting after the nice pink rain jacket, and the grey fleece, but I decided that a hat would be a little more practical. After all, it is a good thing to have for overly sunny (or rainy) runs so I definitely need one!
Next we strolled through the runner’s carnival (totally strange – I think you could have played games to try to win prizes? not really sure…) and then into the main health and fitness section of the expo. Cue the free samples! There were booths as far as the eye could see, selling everything from headbands to energy gels to race entries to tennis shoes.
We made sure to sample every granola bar, coconut water, sports beans and power bar in sight! I think Sarah was definitely glad that she accompanied me on this little adventure…
After a quick stop at the farmer’s market to pick up supplies for dinner (where numerous people asked if we were running tomorrow – I guess we look like runners?), we headed home for lunch. I plan on spending the rest of the day lounging, fueling up and mentally preparing for tomorrow!
Before I go, I wanted to say thank you to everyone who has supported me in this endeavor over the past few months – thank you for reading my ramblings about running, thank you for understanding when I couldn’t go out on a Friday because I was resting up or on a Saturday because I was recovering, thank you to those who have shared words of wisdom and to those who have shared words of encouragement. It means the world to me to know that, when I stand on that starting line tomorrow, I’m standing with an army of support behind me, cheering me on.
Off to the races in t-minus 18 hours and counting! I’ll be the one in the neon yellow shirt with purple shoes, rocking out to some N’SYNC and Miley Cyrus.