I did not run one single day this week. I did rest as much as I could while getting things ready at school for my days off. Since I was planning two days worth of work for the substitute teacher, I decided to also work on my sub tub/emergency plans. While I did finish my sub tub, I did not finish my emergency plans. Oh well, next time.
Friday morning I took a 7:10am flight to Atlanta. It was a quick flight and landed earlier than expected. Saw this at the airport and just wanted to share it with you.
I shared an Uber with another Oiselle friend from Ohio. It took us maybe 20 minutes to get to the hotel (we stayed at the Atlanta Hilton). We quickly got our key and then went to get something to eat. There we met up with our roommates. There were a total of 5 of us. I was sharing a room with one of them and the other 3 were in another room. Then we went to the expo to get our bib and to listen to a panel discussion. The discussion was moderated by Mary Wittenberg and featured Alison Desir, Kara Goucher, Kara Finley, and Sally Bergesen.
I was not impressed with the expo. Hardly anything but why am I complaining since I rarely buy anything. I did sign up for the Clif Bar newsletters and I got 3 different bars. As I was leaving I saw Kim and Charlyn.
Then we went back to the hotel. It was cold and windy. Oh, and lots of hills which I knew but still made me nervous.
That evening we went to Monday Night Brewery for a casual get together with other Oiselle friends. I wasn’t planning to stay too long since I was tired, but we ended up staying till about 9pm. I had one beer and a beef brisket sandwich and they were both yummy!
The next morning there was a shakeout run with Kara Goucher sponsored by Clean Sport Collective. I did not run but there were so many people there.
Then it was off to spectate! Spectating a race is fun. Spectating a marathon gives me chills. Spectating the Marathon Olympic Trials is a very different feeling. Unbelievable. AMAZING. Lots of goosebumps. Chills. Yep, you name it. I will post pictures and videos so you can see for yourself.
The way the course was set up allowed us to see the runners six times. Yes, 6!!
There were so many runners. What made me more happy was that there were twice as many women than men!!!! I was rooting for Desi to make it on the team but that didn’t happen. Hard to believe she missed it by 11 seconds. I will be rooting for her at the Boston Marathon next month.
This morning I will be running the half marathon. Maybe by the time you read this post, I would have finished or will still be running. I have no finish time goal but just to finish it and to have fun. Did I mention it is a HILLY course? I read that there are 23 hills in the course for the half marathon.
Linking up with Kim and Deborah for the Weekly Run Down.