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The Day Before My Marathon – The Marathon Expo
So my marathon day 2007 was drawing near. I had put in all the hard work and dedication required in my six to seven month long marathon training program in preparation for my first marathon. I was very excited and a bit nervous about the big day the next day.
One thing I had been looking forward to was attending the Marathon Expo. It really turned out to be a great experience. Not only was it fun, but it helped me to put all of my marathon training program into perspective: I was part of something far bigger than just myself. For the most part, I had been training alone. It didn’t really feel like I was a part of something so massive until I went to the Expo. Seeing all the people at the Marathon Expo really got me hyped up…I was one of them too, I was…a marathoner! This Expo was for me! Kind of a cool and eye-opening revelation for me.
There were all sorts of vendor booths set up at Caras Park, a beautiful park right downtown by the river. And let me tell you, it was hot out! We had been having record- breaking heat for the past few weeks, and the forecast for race day was for more of the same. But the Expo was set up under the bridge, so we were mostly in the shade.
I stood in line to get my race packet where I would find all sorts of goodies, including my race number. Race packets are great. I love to see what little treats are in them. There was a pair of running socks from the Runner’s Edge, our local running store that I love to pieces! (Hi!) There were a handful of nutritional snacks and a blister kit, along with coupons for some free stuff from different merchants around town.
Once I had my race number, I was free to wander around the Expo. As you might imagine, I was drawn to the running clothing And I found a nice RED sleeveless Hind running shirt. I also bought a Missoula Marathon tank top. Then I hit pay dirt! A Missoula Marathon running hat!! This was great. It did however leave me in a quandary about my running outfit. The Missoula Marathon hat was grey. I had planned on wearing my red Runner’s Edge hat. So of course, that evening I had to try on my race day outfit and the two different hats. In the end I decided to go with the red hat as planned.
After wandering around the Expo, the last stop we made before heading out was to buy some cool, delicious Flathead cherries. They are the best! Big dark red jewels of pure delight! They hit the spot. A refreshing treat on a very hot 90 degree day!
The Expo served to fuel my excitement and calm my nerves…I realized that I really wasn’t alone in this 6 month long trek ending with the final 26.2 mile portion of my journey.
And the next day it would all come together…or not.
How ’bout it?
P.S. I don’t want to sound like a broken record, but if you haven’t made your $1 donation yet, you’ll want to do so today. Because everyone who donates through today (Friday June 12) will be put into the drawing for the free pair of Runner’s Edge running socks! So get your donation in today!! Hurry, hurry! Just go to www.FirstGiving.com/VisionRunner or click on the Donate button on the green and purple FirstGiving widget in the sidebar. You can get the details on my 1,222.25 mile Run Over To Ellen’s (Ellen TV Show) fundraising project by clicking here: www.RunOverToEllens.com Thanks!!