|So thankful for the support of these two, in this|
race & throughout my entire 37 years
|This was our row on our flight from Denver to Sacramento!|
I started Saturday with another short shake out run with strides, and then we drove the marathon course. I tried to elevate my legs while we were doing so, but my husband said I was going to kill us all with my feet in the windshield, so it was short-lived. There were signs about the race all along the route, which were fun to see. Driving the course intimidated me a bit because it was noticeably rolling terrain. The course has a net downhill of around 340 feet, and I knew it rolled much of the way, but driving it make it a bit scarier (spoiler: post-race I realized why this course is often called "fast, but not easy", which never made any sense to me before I ran it).
|Trying to get my legs up while navigating|
After driving the course (which took forever - also not confidence inspiring!), we made our way to the race expo and to watch the USATF National Championship Top 10 Bib Reveal. Sara Hall is one of my favorite professional runners, so seeing her ranked #1 and being within 10 feet of her when walking to our seats was amazing! I follow many of the top 10 women athletes on social media and blogging platforms, and they are so inspiring (another spoiler: I beat #9 in the race). My dad took this video of the bib reveal. I admittedly enjoyed seeing the women more than the men, but the men had very impressive resumes as well. After the bib reveal the top 3 men and top 3 women participated in a panel discussion.
|USATF National Marathon Championships Top 10 Seeded Women|
|USATF National Marathon Championships Top 10 Seeded Men|
|Top 3 men & women panel|
Then it was onto the rest of the expo! I got to pick up my seeded bib number from a "special running group" table, which was exciting. We toured the entire expo, scored some free goods, and took a lot of pictures. The expo always heightens pre-marathon excitement, and I was inspired and ready! I also met up with a few friends at the expo, Roger and Jamie. Everyone was geared up to run fast and our race day forecast was looking perfect!