We went to the expo - and it was freaking AWESOME! (Kate and I had so much fun and spent so much money!)
Jim and I landed at 9 am, so we joined Tad, Nicole and Heather for breakfast in Mission Beach at "The Mission." It was fabulous! This is the gang (minus Heather) walking on the boardwalk by the ocean. The girls bought white rimmed sunglasses from this great little sunglass shop! Heather, Nicole and me. We had so much fun at the expo. We visited the Team in Training booth and signed the huge banners with "Team Brandan-Rocky Mountain Chapter"
I don't know how or why, but I somehow managed to get a spot on the Phillips Phools team for the 2008 Colorado Relay. It's a 24 hour, 170 mile, 10 person relay team race across Colorado. And it's gonna be SO MUCH FUN!
Last night I panicked when I realized the emminent approach of my departure for San Diego on Friday - where I will be competing in the San Diego Rock N Roll Marathon on Sunday, June 1st.
This is all the stuff that I have to take in my carry on - just for race day! It's a lot!
This will be my second full marathon, which would lead people to believe that I should not be nervous for the event. However, I have found that I am a bit more jittery for this marathon than I was with my first.
Why? You may ask. I would like to compare it to the idea of childbirth if I may, not that I have any personal experience with labor - but I've seen my fair share through my work as a doula. Your first time around, there is a sense of naivety and wonder about the whole process. However, the second time around, you know exactly what you are getting yourself into and how it will progress including all of the before unknown intricacies of the long and arduous journey (childbirth or a marathon). The luxury of "enjoying the experience" has passed as you begin to fully realize the insanity of what you are doing.
And yet at the end - when we are full of adrenaline, exhaustion, endorphins (or morphine!) -we are met with a tiny treasure to love and show off for the whole world to see! Granted, all you mommas out there have a beautiful baby and all I get is a shiny medal - but hey, I'm not in the baby-making way just as of yet! So until that day comes, I will blog and boast about my own little babies - my medals!
There are two opportunities to watch me cross the finish line in San Diego - from the comfort of your own home!
The Rock N Roll marathon will be broadcast nationally on FSN on Saturday, June 14th. (check local listings for air times in your local market)
Watch my progress online through LiveResults. My time will be recorded at the 5K, 10K, 10 mile, 13.1 mile and 20 mile marks with updates every 60 seconds. Visit the website and click on LiveResults bug on te home page during the race. Begins at 6:30 am Pacific Time!
We had our first group run on Saturday with the Fall 2008 training group. This was the first time that I got to meet everyone since I was not able to be at KickOff because of my Master's Graduation Commencement. I met one of my fabulous new training partners, Jen and lots of other people from other mentees groups. We started off with some introductions, a Mission Moment, and some dynamic stretching - courtesy of our fabulous Coach Jenn. Then we prepared for our "timed mile" to place us into our training categories. It wasn't a race - just an opportunity for us to define our training pace. It was an absolutely beautiful morning - and although it was earlier than most are used to, it was so fun to be up and running on the beautiful spring day. Plus, we were done running and doing fundraising meetings before 9:30 am, which gave us the rest of the morning to enjoy!