It's a month full of marathons over here. I'm only 5 days away from running 26.2 miles in Victoria and I'm little more than just a bundle of nerves! The hours upon hours of miles I've logged these past 6 months will be put to the test. The months of training, the pre-race jitters, and the endless amount of encouragement from loved-ones will all culminate on Vancouver Island. Deep breaths. Long stretches. Just smile. The finish-line is almost in sight.
This past weekend I sneaked away on a little road trip to Oregon to cheer on Riccardo and his family at the Portland Marathon. The looming excitement of the big event on Sunday morning, the breathtaking waterfall trails of the Columbia River Gorge, the ideal autumn weather, and the nightly ice cream dates to Salt and Straw painted the perfect picture of the city for us. From the singing of the national anthem to the cheering on of the runners in the final stretch, I was simply delighted to be part of it all. Riccardo ran wonderfully and came in 31st overall with a time of 2:50:51. He made it look so simple as he rounded the last corner of the course smiling. Just a "training run" he says. He'll do it once again in Chicago next weekend. I'm so lucky to be surrounded by such inspirational individuals. It makes me just that much more excited for Victoria!
Jon Foreman kept me company for a good portion of my road trip this weekend.
Don't let the panic bring you down...
So much to do between now and the start line this Sunday. Enjoy!
ps: (the running picture above is not from the marathon, but instead of a little pre-race run we did - and yes, I am struggling to keep up with those fellas...)