Greetings from Greensboro, NC! Matt and I got here late last night and were greeted with some spaghetti and (turkey) meatballs from my dad. It was late, but I wanted to get in a good dinner two nights prior to the race...so pasta it was. This morning we got up and headed out to the NC Marathon Expo to get my race packet and check out the vendors. This is a much smaller race than any of the 1/2 marathons I have run (or even some of the 10ks) so it was weird not having a bustling expo to walk around in.
But, I will be glad for how intimate this race is tomorrow when I'm not bumping elbows with other runners!
I have been stuffing myself today with healthy eats/lots of water ever since I got up this morning. Since I don't have too much time to post, I am just going to pop up a few pictures from today...
Breakfast was Honey Nut Cheerios w/ 1/2 banana, 1/2 cinnamon raisin bagel w/ PB, and some strawberries and cantaloupe (plus some coffee). This left me SUPER stuffed. Lunch was 1/2 Super Protein Odwalla Shake + salad bar from EarthFare which included BBQ tofu (that was so good! I gotta learn how to make it this way), some squash & zucchini salad, and a green salad with veggies. I have also had a few snacks, a Luna bar, an apple and some more fresh fruit. I have been drinking so much water today I have been peeing constantly! Since we're using the internet at a local coffee shop, I had to buy a Numi Black Tea...yum. Tonight my dad is grilling steaks but I think I am going to make myself a home made pizza. As long as I don't eat too much of it, I think it will be the perfect pre-race meal.
The race expo was at the Grandover Resort, which is beautiful. The expo was pretty small, but I did get a hat and a technical tee in my race packet! The hat might come in handy tomorrow since I didn't bring one and it's supposed to rain...It's nice right now, but it's been threatening rain all day...
(How cheestastic do I look?) I don't know if I will get to post again before the race (probably not) but I will be Twittering if you want to follow along :)
THANK YOU all for being so supportive! Everyone on here and everyone on Twitter has been wishing me luck and although I am running the race by myself, I feel like all of you are out there on the sidelines cheering me on. Sappy, cheesy, lame...whatever, but that's how I feel!
I don't think I would have been able to keep up all of the training on my own, in a new city, not knowing too many people without having this space to vent about my crappy runs, gloat about my good runs, and learn from all of you about what I should (and shouldn't) be doing in training for my first marathon. So thanks for helping me make it this far.
I am going to soak it all up tomorrow and take this time to enjoy the run.
At the expo, I asked the Brooks rep if I could have one of their 'Run Happy' water bottles from their table. He said, "Sure! Just run happy tomorrow." That's exactly what I plan on doing!
***Also, good luck to everyone out there racing this weekend, I know there are ALOT of you! I hope to meet up with Sarah from Ghost World at some point, as she is running the NC 1/2! If I don't, good luck girl!