Singing the Weather-Stalking Blues
I woke up at my normal time on Saturday to do a four-mile shakeout run on the 'mill. This run felt like all the others during the last week of taper; it felt easy, but not crazily so. I had been following the taper on my training plan to the absolute letter, so I had no choice but to trust the plan and hope for the best. Or at least the best that I could do based on the weather.
All week, the weather had been threatening for race day; the meteorologists just couldn't decide what type of threatening weather was to occur! Early in the week, they were talking severe thunderstorms with lightning (i.e. a probable cancelled race). Then they decided it would just rain torrentially. Then there was a mere chance of scattered showers. And finally, no rain at all in the forecast. Unfortunately, the forecasted temperatures of 60s at the race start (and increasing throughout the morning) did not change all week, nor did the predictions of ungodly humidity levels and a decent-sized wind.
|The local Green Bay forecast on Wednesday of race week. Ugh.|
|The final forecast which came out the Friday before the Sunday race. The only silver lining: No wearing a garbage bag at the start line!|
By 9am, the husband, kids and I were on the road to Mecca. I was slowly turning inside myself, as I usually do prior to my "A" races, and so I wasn't very talkative. I felt a sense of inevitability -- I was going to run a marathon, for better or for worse.
|This picture just makes me happy!|
|Lambeau Field in the distance. This picture makes me SUPER happy!|
The Race Expo and Packer Pro Shop
We passed the start and finish line areas for the race that were set up in the Lambeau parking lot, and found parking on the East side of Lambeau with no problems. There could be no entering of the hallowed halls of Lambeau without photo opportunities, so there were plenty:
|The most awesome race expo location in the history of ever.|
|Just hanging with Vince Lombardi -- no biggie...|
|Curly Lambeau is pointing the way to a PR! (I think I went in the other direction...)|
|The Official Marathon Merchandise area.|
|My sweet swag bag (complete with a sweet "Good Luck" note!) and swag. My daughter immediately swiped the water bottle to use at school!|
Run Away Shoes booth at the Expo. Yes, I had a free pair of new kicks coming my way, and I was salivating to get my hands on a pair of Saucony Guide 8s! I stocked up on Guide 7s when I heard they would be discontinued, and my stash of 7s got me through this training cycle. But for my Chicago cycle, it will be all about the 8s!
I immediately realized as soon as I entered the booth that I should have let the nice folks at the marathon know that I needed a wide shoe width. But no worries: the super-nice Run Away Shoes employee phoned the brick-and-mortar store and put a pair aside for me. A few short minutes after I left the Expo, I had some Guide 8s in my hot little hands. It took all my willpower not to wear them on race day, I'm not gonna lie!
|The definition of sweetness!|
|My 8-year-old daughter took the two pictures on the right. She loved the Packers door handle on the shop!|
One smoking hot credit card later, we left Lambeau Field until the morning. After our less-than-a-minute stop at Run Away Shoes, we headed to our hotel, the Tundra Lodge, for check-in. I booked the hotel via the Green Bay Convention & Visitor's Bureau, who had set aside some rooms for runners and their families. Since my kids were coming along, it was really a no-brainer!
|The rustic Tundra Lodge lobby!|
|My son and I on the Lazy River.|
|Flat Cheesy, reporting for duty...|
To Be Continued...