Going back a couple days…
I woke up pretty early on Sunday morning since Chris had signed up to run the 5k, but it wasn’t hard since I was full of nerves the second I opened my eyes. This was the first time during the whole weekend I actually felt nervous. I think being able to say “tomorrow” had a little something to do with it.
The BAA hosts a 5k the day before the marathon. A tech shirt and medal for a 5k? Yes please! I had kind of wished I signed up for an easy fun shake out run, but I always rest the day before marathons so didn’t want to change my normal routine this time.
It was very windy and wet, but eventually we made our way down to the start line. Chris ran a couple miles for a warm up and I tried to stay warm and take pictures. There were tons of people running this race and it was fun to get some of the race atmosphere vibe the day before the big day. This was also my first close up of the finish line for the weekend.
After Chris finished his race (his first race in a long time and did great!), we ran into Bethany from Our Love On the Run and Mel from Tall Mom on the street! I randomly recognized them as I walked by and we chatted for a bit. I was so glad I got to meet them both in person!
We met some friends for the invitational mile which was fun to watch. The rain had stopped and the sun was coming out. We got some lunch, got my breakfast food for the next day and went back to the hotel for some downtime. There are SO MANY people around Boston the whole weekend that I really just needed to relax and zone out a bit. The buzz throughout the city is just incredible and can be a little overwhelming at times too.
I ended up taking a nap which I don’t typically do the day before a marathon since I am too afraid I won’t be able to fall asleep, but it was needed and I felt much better when I woke up. I had been fighting off a cold the whole week, but was finally starting to feel better and was very relieved.
I had been stalking the weather forecast the whole
week day and everyone was saying the weather was going to be perfect for race day. It had been really windy the whole week, but it was looking like it was going to be a strong tail wind. We could see these flags from our hotel room the whole week and I just kept thinking “blow us to the finish line wind!” The forecast also said sunny clear skies and I was just hoping the temperatures would stay cool for us.
We stayed in the hotel resting and watching The Office for a while, then went out to pick up some pizza for my pre-race dinner.
I ate a lot, then got all my stuff ready to go. I ironed my name on my shirt, got everything ready in my check bag and tried to just be calm. I couldn’t believe it was actually the next day!
I was in bed around 9 and miraculously asleep before 10pm with my alarm set for 5am for the big day!
Race report next!