We left for Eugene fairly early on Friday morning since it is a nice little 7-8 hour drive from Spokane. When we left I was excited and wasn’t even that nervous anymore. I felt more prepared to run a marathon then I have ever been before.
We got to Eugene around 2:00 pm and checked into the hotel. The hotel was well…interesting. I am glad that we weren’t planning on spending a lot of time in it! After we got all of my stuff up to the room (have I mentioned I don’t pack light?) Mr. Healthy Diva and I headed over to the expo. I was looking forward to hearing Meb speak and hoped to get him to sign the finishing photo I took of him in Houston. I was also looking forward to meeting Lauren Fleshman and getting some Picky Bars to sample and review (review will be coming soon!).
Lauren Fleshman and I
Meb put on a great presentation and answered a lot of questions from the audience. I love his motto about “digging dip”, not to mention his story is incredible. If you haven’t read his book (Run to Overcome)- read it! I only had to wait in line for about 10 minutes to meet him. Talk about a sincere and gracious man. Not to mention TALENTED!!! My husband was excited to be able to touch Meb’s silver medal from Athens.
Mr. Healthy Diva touching Meb's silver Olympic medal from Athens
Meb & I
The photo I took of Meb winning in Houston @ the Olympic Trials
After I met Meb we did a mad dash over to the Eugene Running Co. so that I could do an easy 3 mile shake out run with Lauren and her husband Jesse. There was a fairly small group of us that headed out, some ran 5, but I opted for an easy 3. I ran with Lauren’s friend, Maggie, most of the way who is from New York. She was super sweet and fun to chat with. She was running the 5K Saturday morning (I am pleased to report that she ran a PR too!) .
After my run we went back to the hotel to get ready for dinner. I had made plans with Katy who was up from Sacramento to run the CIM booth at the expo. Katy and I had briefly met at CIM and I was looking forward to having dinner with her. We decided on Track Town Pizza- which did not disappoint. Great beer & pizza.
Race recap #2 is currently in progress. At this point I haven’t had the courage to download my garmin. Nor have I really wanted to think about Sunday. Don’t get me wrong, I am PROUD of finishing. It is just tough when you work your as* off for 12 weeks and miss what your target time was by 10 minutes. It was a time that theoretically should have been easily obtainable based off of all of my training runs. UGH.