Today was my first expo. I got together with my trainer & a friend to pick up my race packet & shop the stalls. A few friends & I departed around 0800 for the hour drive to the expo.
|I am Superman!|
|I clearly have no ups.|
|On line for my bib!|
|Holy Crap I'm running a marathon!|
|Zip up Sweat Shirt & Polo Shirt (to wear to work proudly on Monday!)|
Runner's World... in Italian! So all I could really do was grab my typical "Thumbs Up" shot.
The expo itself was way smaller than I thought it would be. In fact, we were inside the building for less than an hour. It wasn't quite what I thought it was going to be. After we hit all the stalls... where I didn't buy anything because Newton Running was not there (I wanted to cry), we stopped at the outdoor cafe for a brioche. Because carbo loading is fun!
|Reading the fine print|
|2011 Venice Marathon: my bib|
|Found everything I was looking for|
And finally, I re-purposed my RunningSkirts mesh bags & got all my gear together for tomorrow.
After all that running around (no pun intended), I chowed down on prosciutto, bread, & cheese... watched the latest episode of The Vampire Diaries, Nightmare Before Christmas... & took about an hour long nap.
And now, in the final hours before bedtime & the start of what will probably be one of the longest & most gratifying days of my life, I've got some final thoughts. I have no idea what's going to happen tomorrow. But I know I'm going to make it 26.2 miles. I spent all summer working towards this goal. And I can't change that training. All I can do is get up tomorrow, get dressed, & go the distance. So that's what I'm going to do. Am I nervous? If I'm honest, I really don't know... I'm focused on making sure that I have the mental fortitude to get up when the alarm goes off. Once I've won that battle, I'm 70% closer to winning the war.
See you at the finish line!