3.24.07

Every night this week on 11Alive they have aired inspiring stories about the marathon — they are the “official” marathon TV station. Last night the story was about 5 or 6 sisters — I didn’t exactly count — that are running the marathon together. It was SO COOL! For one of the sisters, this will be her 100th marathon, and to commemorate the monuments occasion, the others are going to run it with her. They were probably all in their 40s or so. They all have matching outfits for tomorrow’s race — cute little pink skorts, and this was the best part — their motto is:

Don’t let the RUN get in the way of the FUN!

I think for tomorrow, my running partner and I will adopt the same motto. I really want this to be fun!!!
One of the last places we will run through tomorrow is the BEAUTIFUL Piedmont Park. We will enter on the east side at the Park Drive entrance, run by the lake, and exit on the south side at the Charles Allen Drive gate. That will be mile 23 and should be about 10:50 a.m. This is where the Peachtree Road Race ends each July 4th and where the VERY EMOTIONAL end of the 3-Day took place — I’ll never forget that. So, the park has a few memories in it for us. That will be a most enjoyable part of the run, I hope…

THE EXPO
We just returned from our little jot to downtown ATL on the MARTA train and the ING GA Marathon Expo. It was ABSOLUTELY awsome! I’ve never been to a race expo before. I guess the only other race that I’ve run that had one was the Peachtree and I haven’t gone to that expo because they simply don’t require it — they mail you your bib and chip. But this July, I just might have to go to that expo as well. So many vendors of all sorts, lots of give-aways. Got lots of neat STUFF, bags, etc. Like I needed more STUFF. Food and drink samples everywhere. It was like going to Sam’s Club on a Saturday afternoon — you could eat lunch there. My running partner’s CPA would love that! We signed up for the 4:00 pace team. I’m not going to wear the 4:00 bib though. I HATE to be wearing it and cross the finish line at 5:00. He he he he… I got a hat — think I might need one. It’s going to be a good bit warmer tomorrow than it was on any of our training runs. And I came across this really neat booth www.Team413.com Check it out!

One thing I’ve noticed since I’ve started running races —
THERE IS NO SHORTAGE OF SAFTY PINS IN THIS HOUSE!
Never will be.
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