This afternoon, after hitting up Subway for a great lunch, Chris and I headed over to pick up our race packets. This year, for the first time, the Pocatello Marathon actually had a handful of vendors set up in the great room of the hotel where the packet pick-up was being held. I wouldn't exactly call it an "expo", but it's a start! It will be nice to see that part of this race grow as the marathon gets more exposure - it's a such a wonderful race, well run, beautiful course, awesome "schwag-bag" - it deserves to have a bigger expo to bring more people in.
Here's a picture of me and Chris wearing this year's shirts - another plus for this race. The shirts are performance-wear, short sleeved for the half-marathoners and long sleeved for the full-marathoners. I am sure I will be getting A LOT of use out of this shirt in the fall and winter.
Well, here's to hoping for another good night's sleep tonight and waking up at 4am to start getting ready. Chris will be driving me up to the shuttle loading area (10 minute drive) at 4:45am for a race that starts at 6:15am, and I think it's going to be a cold wait. This morning it was about 45 degrees and it's supposed to be about the same tomorrow, but it will warm up to around 75 as the day goes on. Then Chris will catch his shuttle to the start of the half at 7am and his race begins at 8. I feel a little bad he has to wake so early to help me out, but the friend of mine I was supposed to catch a ride with isn't going to be able to run this race due to her son needing to have a platelet transfusion and some other stuff. Thankfully, I have the best husband and he is more than willing to wake up early to get me where I need to be. I am excited to see him waiting for me at the finish line, already with his medal! We promised the kids a trip to the local Pizza Pie Cafe tomorrow after the race. It's going to be a long day, but I'm sure it'll be great! :)