In 24 hours, I'll be running my third marathon. I am hoping that third time is the charm, but I am just going to try to take things as they come. There are factors out of my control and I need to not focus on them today. The forecast is now ominously predicting a 40% chance of rain tomorrow. There is nothing I can do about that. Also, I woke up today with a pretty good start to a head cold. I've been fighting it all week, but it is nearly impossible to avoid it when your two small children have it.
I'm going to head off to the expo in a couple of hours and get excited about this race. I'll be down there with brother and sister-in-law, who are running the 5K. It will be my sister-in-law's first race! I am very excited for her. What an exciting race to run your first.... with 20,000 runners along the Pacific Ocean.
I will post my official bib number* later this evening. I don't think that Surf City has a cyber-stalk feature on the website. I will probably post my results on Twitter and Facebook from my phone. I might even try to post here from my phone. I doubt if I will post while running. I don't have this phone down well enough to do it without stopping.
I am eating a couple of whole grain waffles with agave sweetener on them, trying to carbo load. I'm watching the rain come down. Rain, baby, rain.... empty those clouds today!!! I am ready for tomorrow, come what may. I will finish. I will (most likely) PR. And, if the stars align, I will run in under four hours. Either way.... I am going to have fun.
Good luck to all the other Surf City Runners out there**! I want to give a special shout out to L.B. who is running his first marathon tomorrow. Woo hoo! Happy running, everyone.
*According to registration confirmation, my bib number is 2862.
**Check the links for all the fabulous race reports that are sure to come! It is hard to tell, but I linked each word to Alice, Aron, Danica, Penny, Glenn, and Jimmy. I hope I didn't miss anyone.