Happy Halloween y’all!! I hope you have something spooktacular planned for tonight! Me? I’m just going to take it easy at home. I know, I’m such an old lady…
I did it!! I’m officially a ‘marathoner’!! It was the most amazing experience and I seriously can’t wait to do it again! But before I recap the race, I want to recap the weekend first. It would be sensory overload for me to try to mash everything into one post.
The weekend festivities officially started Friday with Jody and I flying to DC. I was so excited to board the plane with him because up until late Thursday afternoon we were thinking that he wasn’t going to be able to go thanks to Hurricane Sandy. Thankfully he was able to get his flight worked out to where he left right after the race. Me = happy!
We had a layover in Atlanta where we grabbed a highly overpriced turkey panini before boarding the plane to DC. After a very uneventful flight –just the way I like it– we arrived. I’m a sucker for American flags so it was nice being greeted by the red, white, and blue.
Jody and I decided to claim Friday night for ourselves since the rest of the weekend would be spent doing marathon stuff. We ended up at Kora where I ordered a hand-tossed pizza (carbs, right?) and a super tasty pineapple-lime mojito. Then we went back to the hotel and waited for Mary (she’s like a mom to me) and her husband Greg to arrive. Mary’s been training in San Antonio to run this race with me.
The next day we headed to the expo to pick up our bibs, t-shirts and free stuff. It’s always a bit nerve-wracking to me to pick up my bib. I’m always afraid that something’s going to go wrong. Like me forgetting my e-card, or me getting lost in their system. But, like normal, everything went fine.
After picking up my shirt and bib we headed across the street to the expo. I have to admit that I was fairly disappointed in the expo. I don’t know if it was because we hit it the last day or what but it just had a wonky feel to it. I wasn’t crazy about the vendors and there wasn’t very many freebies. C’mon, we all know freebies are the best part of the expo.
One really fun thing at the expo was they had a Marine Corps band playing some swing songs. This made my former band nerd self incredibly happy. It was really cute because there was an elderly guy (obviously retired military) that plucked a young girl out of the crowd and started twirling her around to the music. You could tell that he was having a great time!
After the expo we met up with my hubby for lunch. (Jody had to stay at the hotel to work on a presentation that he was giving Monday – boooo.) Mary and I opted to carb-up for the marathon during lunch instead of having a heavy supper to make sure everything digested well. I ordered some sort of chicken farfalle pasta in a spicy vodka cream sauce. Maybe not the safest pre-marathon meal but I like to live on the edge a bit. Also, I knew I’d have at least 16 hours if my system decided not to like it. And it. was. tasty!
After lunch, Mary and I took the Metro back to the hotel to relax while the guys went and did some sight-seeing. We stopped and picked up some celebratory wine for after the marathon. I also had a mini birthday celebration at the hotel thanks to my dad and my cousin Bridget but I’m saving that for my birthday post.
Finally, it was time to head to bed. I laid out all of my gear that way I wouldn’t have to search for stuff the next morning.
This is when it started to hit me that I was running a marathon in just a few hours. I don’t know why but I didn’t experience any pre-race jitters. I was incredibly excited but I didn’t have any of the doubts or second guessing like I expected. I think after spending so much time preparing for the race I was just ready to run it; there’s only so many emotions you can go through before you’re just ready to be done.
Then it was beddy-by time for Gina. I needed to get some beauty rest before the 3:45 alarm went off. It was definitely a great weekend and a great kickoff to the run. The only bummer was my training girls stayed at a different hotel so we didn’t get to do a lot together. I did get to meet up with them at the race. 🙂
Stay tuned….The race recap is next!
Question: Do you typically get pre-race jitters or are you just ready to get it over with?