I went for a three mile run this morning, at an easy pace. My final run before the marathon tomorrow! My legs felt strong, and I hope that they feel that good tomorrow, too.
At 9:30, my sister drove me to the train station, where I got on the Metra to take me into the city. I'd planned on eating lunch on the train, but I completely forgot to bring it with me, so I was starving by the time I got there. I was super nervous about getting from the train station to my hotel, and I had the directions for different trains/buses to take me there; but when I got off the train, I was blown away at how overwhelming it was.
The station was packed with people, all bustling everywhere, and I had no idea what I was doing. My anxiety got the better of me, and I had a full-blown panic attack at the train station. I don't know anything about public transportation, and I just freaked out about it. I stood against a wall for about 40 minutes, just trying to calm down enough to think. I was honestly considering going back on the Metra to my sister's house, and skipping the whole marathon. I know that sounds ridiculous, but my anxiety was that bad.
I was texting Caitlin, my Ragnar SoCal teammate that I would be meeting up with, and she even offered to take a cab to the train station to come get me. Of course I didn't want her to do that, so I finally felt okay enough to go outside and try to get a cab. It ended up working out just fine, and I got to the hotel.
Caitlin came to my room so that we could head to the expo together (I'm surprised she came, considering I acted like a total nut job at the train station! haha). I liked Caitlin right away! She's super nice and I feel like we have a lot in common. I knew she'd lost a lot of weight, but I didn't know just how much she'd lost until she showed me an old picture, and I asked how much she'd lost. She said she's down 238 pounds!! That blows my mind. She doesn't even look like she was ever overweight. (I don't want to share her before/after pics without her permission, but I'm hoping maybe she'll do a guest post or something--I was certainly inspired by her!)
We went to the expo, and made the rounds there. I ended up buying one of those flip belts that so many of you have told me about. I'm going to give it a try tomorrow. We did manage to get one picture before we left:
After the expo, we went to Cat's hotel to meet up with her. Cat is another person on my Ragnar SoCal team, but none of us had met before. She was staying with her friend Carly, so we hung out in their room for a little while before heading to dinner. We went to a little Italian place (I honestly can't remember what it was called) and it was FANTASTIC. I absolutely loved the host and the server, and the food was phenomenal. I got penne with a tomato cream sauce, basil, and mozzarella.
After dinner, I came back to the hotel room, and got a phone call from Rik, John, and Angela--they told me to look on Facebook, because they made me something. I had no idea what that could be, but I about died when I saw it. I truly have the BEST friends ever! I couldn't stop smiling after watching it.
Rik and Angela are in San Diego visiting John, so they spent the day putting this together. I absolutely love it, and it will be on my mind through the whole race tomorrow.
My final thoughts before the race:
- I feel SO much more prepared for this marathon than I had for the previous two. The Hansons training really makes me feel like I'm going to have a great race.
- I don't have a time goal (and no, I don't even have a "secret goal"--honest).
- The only thing I am nervous about for tomorrow is how I'm going to get back to my hotel and then to the train station from there.
- I thought I was going to feel lonely doing this trip alone, but I feel just the opposite. I have so much support (just look at the video!) from my family and friends.
- Caitlin and Cat were so awesome that I'm really excited to meet the rest of my Ragnar SoCal team.
- A million thank yous to all of you who have sent me well wishes for this race! I really appreciate it.
- I need to get to bed so I can get up early tomorrow, so I'm not going to reread this to check for grammar or spelling.