I want to recap the race right now, but I am going to do this in 2 posts, so please bare with me...there are a lot of pictures!!
I finally made it down to Newport around 2 pm on Saturday afternoon, grabbed a quick sandwich with my friend Emma and her fiance Sam and his parents. Emma ran the half marathon, so the four of them sailed their boat down to Newport to enjoy the full race weekend. After a quick lunch, we walked down to the race expo, which was, let's say...less than desirable...
|Emma and her bib in line for bags and shirts (long sleeve blue odd fitting things...not the best I have seen honestly)|
|I was showing this guy my running moves...I think he was impressed :)|
|me and the course...they didn't have any backdrop of the marathon name, so I thought the map was the next best thing|
|photos of the soon to be parents in law (Emma and Sam just got engaged in Aug!)|
|We wanted to take one without the creepy guy in the above pic|
Back to the route...I am very familiar with the first half of this race, since I did the half marathon here last year, but there were a few adjustments, so it was good to check it out from mile 0 - mile 26.2...the first half brings you down the ocean front along the cliff walk, as well as along the rows of mansions...
|Chris and his new wife, Katie|
|look closely through the bushes and you will see one bride and groom|
|This was the second wedding, seriously steps away from the other|
|Around mile 19-20 I enjoyed this gem...seriously delicious flavor!|
After we were done driving the course, it was definitely time to get the carbo-loading going...off to Mama Louisa's in Newport, for an authentic Italian feast! I enjoyed the Tagliatelle de pesce (egg pasta with shrimp and scallops and a butter/white wine/garlic sauce - perfecto!)
After dinner, we headed to the house we were staying at and I put out my outfit for the morning...as you can, I was a little indecisive about the weather and what bottoms I wanted to wear...
|The socks, belt, and T were essential...the morning was going to be cold, so I new the gloves and hat were a must!|
|the back of my awesome neon pink T!|
|6 AM is really early - look mom, it's still dark out!|
Do you lay out your race outfit the night before?
I have started doing it for the bigger races, to minimize stress race morning and make me feel a little less jittery going to bed...
Do you stress about the weather multiple times before a race?
I think I refreshed about 5 times a day for the last 6 days!