I will be running the 4 mile course, which holds all the World Records for that distance here. Can you say FAST?!?! I'm always excited for a race, but this one has had me pumped up all week! My goal is to get under 36 minutes.
On Wednesday night, our 10:00 min pace group had our last training run together, followed by the stuffing of 5000 goodie bags. Last night, the Race Committee hosted a happy hour and dinner for all the training leaders, sponsors and dignitaries. The energy in the beer garden was high and fun to be a part of!
The most exciting part for me was the arrival of elites. We were introduced to Tim Broe, who serves as the race Elite Recruiter. Broe, originally from East Peoria, IL, had a great career as a US distance runner including an Olympic finalist in the 5K, 12-time US National Champ, and a 12-time NCAA All-American. His PR's... 3:58 mile, 7:39 3K and a 13:11 5K. Seriously? An honor to meet him and be in the same beer garden as him!
During dinner, I was lucky enough to get a table by the window overlooking the beer garden. As the night unfolded, elite after elite continued to arrive. Honest, I'm not a stalker, but it was cool to watch them reunite... they have a club of their own. But even they are not above the invite of free beer!
|This pink color is called Hottie,|
but I'll be wearing the Turtle Blue.
I tried on at least 20... and fell in love with the style and comfort of Reebok's Play Dry Core Run Sleeveless. It's super lightweight for summer running. It's contours to your body shaped, yet is relaxed that it's not showing every tummy roll. The Play Dry fabric promises to move moisture away from your skin, accelerate evaporation, increase ventilation and reduce chaffing. Winner! Dick's had a 20% sale so I bought four. Then immediately took one out for a test run... 6 miles on the trail in 85 degree sun. Comfortable + no chaffing. I highly recommend!
So I think I found my race shirt for the Steamboat race, sponsored by none other than Reebok! Perfect fit, wouldn't you say?
Today I work a couple hours at the expo for packet pickup, but more importantly, rest up my legs to KICK SOME BOOTY tomorrow!
Are you racing this weekend? Good Luck!!