Happy Easter! I hope you enjoyed a beautiful Easter Sunday! Our weather was beautiful and perfect for running, which we did bright and early at 7am - 14 miles strong.
On Saturday we drove the marathon route. I have been fortunate to run a few parts of it during my weekday runs but Christian hasn't really seen any of the course. Christian was my navigator as we scoped out mileage and terrain. We discovered a few pretty tough hills; one at about 9 miles and another at about 21 miles. We got a little lost in one of the neighborhoods we run through because the street signs weren't visible. Fortunately, I noticed the roads are getting their mileage markings and arrows, so hopefully we won't have the same mix up on the big day. We found a few key spots where I am hoping our cheerleaders will hang out to cheer us on. We returned to the finish line what seemed like an hour later. We all decided that was a long drive.
So if that was a long drive, do you think it will be a long run too? Let's try not to focus on that right now. Here are the directions and a map if you want to check out the official route: Kalamazoo Marathon Course
During our run on Sunday, I told Christian we shouldn't focus on the mileage so much for the marathon, but more on having fun. I told him we will see the city in a whole new way, so let's just have a good time and do our best. I don't think I got a response.
We did agree that we are both getting excited. Christian followed up with: "So, I can finally sleep in on Sunday." I agree that will be nice too. It is getting exciting and I am sure we will be flooded with all kinds of emotions when we cross the finish line.
With only 12 days to go, the end will be a definite change. We will have to expand our topics of conversation since the marathon encompasses so much of it now. I guess we can rely on at least another 1-3 months of marathon discussion, replaying the race, the hills and each turn. We will also have so much free time on our hands, what will we do? I hope we don't fall into a post-marathon depression. Nah! We'll just pick up another race to do!
Keep on Running! May 8th - here we come!