Well, I told myself this run would be the determining factor whether or not I would really try the marathon. I know I am already signed up for the darn thing, but mentally I needed the nudge that said "hey, if you can run 15.5 miles and not die, you should be able to do 10 more with out medic assistance". I am happy to say I am so excited to do my marathon in Baltimore because I had SO much fun at the Fifth Third River Bank 25K. I would be wrong to say the actual run was the highlight, though. It was great, don't get me wrong, but it was the adventures before and after that made the trip. And lucky you get to hear about them all...settle in...this is a long one.
I wasn't sure if we'd even make it to Grand Rapids on Friday. But after a lively game of Chinese fire drill, we figured out our carpooling situation and all got down to the Amway Grand Hotel Friday evening. Thanks to the handy restaurant guide that Peg whipped out (just one example of our Type A behaviors of the weekend), we found a BIG O's (don't even go there with the name...), a cute red and white checkered tablecloth Italian restaurant. I inhaled a heavenly pre-race dinner of spaghetti and bread. And a liiiitle glass of Mark West Pinot Noir. Hey, a girl needs to calm down her nerves. (Sidebar: Do not consume mass quantities of garlic bread before any running race. I think I was still burping it up at mile 5).