The theme for this year's Little Rock Marathon is "Lucky," playing off the 3-3-13 date, tying in the lucky horseshoe and thus a western vibe. The expo had neat displays to promote the theme, as well as a fabulous assortment of race clothing.
Even the race bib looks like a western bandana...
As a marketing person myself, I love it when events go the extra mile with all the little details. Kudos to the Little Rock CIC (Chicks in Charge).
KT Tape guys at the Fleet Feet booth. After discussing my injury, they offered to tape up my ankle for the race. I'm not 100%, but still have great hopes of making it the full 26.2. Cross your fingers for me please!
After the expo, we started to drive the course. Some of the streets were one-ways and city traffic made it tiresome and long. By mile 13, we gave up and headed back to the hotel. I was tired and needed a mental rest before dinner. Back at the hotel, I bumped into Penny aka Pink Hat Runner. I've gotten to know her through blogging, so it was great to finally meet her in person.
Friday evening, we strolled Little Rock's downtown area called the River Market, grabbed dinner at the Flying Fish, and scouted out the starting line. Cool signs at the start... Again, I love the creativity of this event.
It felt weird to be at a race and not be a runner. But every time I take the role of cheerleader, I get to experience the race in a whole new way. It was fun to watch the lead runners blaze past just as it was to see the fun costumes and outfits on runners. I was touched today by the people in the race, their comraderie, and their families on the sidelines. As a runner myself, I could see so much expression and feeling in their faces as they came down the finishing stretch. It made me really proud to be a part of the runner community... and equally excited for the marathon on Sunday.
My hubby finished his 5K... his first run since last November. Kiddingly, he prides himself on the Couch-to-5K plan - directly from the couch to the race course, with nothing in-between. He liked today's race and felt invigorated - even mentioned that perhaps he should "start running again". Umm, yeah.
I also ran into Endorphin Dude...
The forecast for Sunday's Little Rock Marathon is cooler than I expected, but I packed well. Not sure why, but I have felt freezing ever since we got here. Starting time temp will be low 30's, but by time I finish, it will be near 50 degrees. Thankfully, I'll have my hubby on the course to throw clothing at!
I'll be in this green shirt... so if you see me, please come say HELLO!
I just want to finish - healthy.
And bring home that giant BLING that Little Rock is so well known for!
Now it's time for some carbs in the form of pizza! MMMM!