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Monday, December 10, 2012
I'm breaking this up into three posts: pre-marathon, marathon, and post-marathon festivities or this would be forever long and filled with 20 pictures! On Friday I was anxious to pick up my bib and make sure everything was good to go so I arrived at packet pickup right at 11. Apparently 100 other people had the same idea because I was not first to arrive. There's a guy that comes for the Cotton Row 10K/5K and Rocket City Marathon expos and sells brand-name athletic apparel for practically nothing. We rack up every year at Cotton Row and I came home with several items I had to have as well as some little gifts for Allan. Notice what I did right there, I may have found several things for myself but I also came home with presents for him so he can't complain too much. Works every time!
I already looked up my bib number but I thought I had to take a picture of this
Next I made my way over to the Fleet Feet area and nearly ran over someone trying to grab all the Mizunos they had in my size. I have three pairs of Mizunos right now: Mizuno Wave Rider 14's in an 8.5 and 9 and Enigmas in size 8.5. The WR 14's in an 8.5 fit just right, the 9's are a little too big, and the Enigmas are a little too small. I tried on a pair of Wave Rider 15's in an 8.5 expecting them to fit just right too but no. I had to go up to the 9 which felt like a perfect fit. Anyone else jumping up a size in Mizunos? I also snatched up a pair of Wave Inspire 8's in a 9 which felt like a perfect fit too and I loved the colors. Happy first marathon presents for me!
On Friday night from 5-7:30 we had a spaghetti dinner and listened to Bill Rodgers speak. He's quite a character and I enjoyed hearing stories from training runs and races that he shared with us. Bill Rodgers is a really humble man and didn't mention anything about his numerous wins at Boston and New York until someone asked him specifically about those races. Afterwards I was able to talk to him and take a picture and he spent several minutes giving me advice about racing my first marathon. He cautioned me to stay hydrated and to stick to my 4:1 plan and I would be fine.
Such a neat guy!
By 10 PM I was ready for bed and so was Lucky. Allan is so sweet to me. He offered to sleep on the couch so he wouldn't disturb me and so Lucky could sleep in the bed with me. That dog has a calming effect on me that I can't explain. He seemed to know that something important was about to happen and he kept me from being nervous at all. I fell asleep pretty quickly and the last thing I remember thinking is that tomorrow night I would fall asleep a marathoner.