j. and i set off on an across the midwest trek in order to get to the columbus marathon in OH. it was an amazing experience and went very smoothly. we started off on saturday morning in a car jam-packed with gatorade (in all sorts of flavors and colors) and snacks ranging from saltine, cheddar bunnies and pretzels (yum!). we got to our hotel (the most beautiful suite ever) across from the expo, picked up our packets and were able to grab dinner and get back to the room with time to study for our monday morning exams. the next morning we got up (after getting up a million times in the middle of the night) to eat b'fast (and b'fast part two at the continental b'fast)... and then off we went
to the start site to run! it was a great time... with challenges starting around mile 20 and then pretty much the hardest last 6.2 miles ever, it was a wonderful and truly satisfying run.
some of my favorite quotes from the run:
"and we nicknamed him "loyalty" "- interesting man talking about his 22lb. cat at 7 am during mile 2
"you OBVIOUSLY don't spend as much time on the couch as i do." -funny lady at mile 23 to a runner ahead of me
"23 miles and your hair still looks nice!" - same lady talking to me as i passed by
"26.2 reasons to run a marathon" (on a sign) "#3- to get away from my spouse/roommate/mother-in law" "#4: because i CAN"
"we did it!"- j.
"it's common"- the man (who has run every single columbus marathon) watching me hobble up the stairs cracking up.
i am really excited for columbus. j and i are going make a roadtripping weekend out of it and study the way up and back for our monday exams (yes, i know it's poor timing). anyhow, i keep staring at the race map on my desk and printing out directions to and from the start (as well as the convention center). YAY. i also found out that we can have our families track us at: http://www.mtectracking.com:8080/Mtrack/Mtrack?raceid=3 by entering in our bib#/names. woohoo. only... 4 days away!