Hello, all! Greetings from rainy New England! It is 10:00 p.m., and I have just finished getting ready for my THIRD half-marathon ever, Part I of the United Healthcare Triple Crown in Providence, RI. I really should be asleep right now, as I have to get up and gooo at 4:00 a.m. for the (normally 45-minute) hour and a half drive (and then some) that it will most likely take to get to the starting line. I always like to get up super early before a race so I have enough time to get dressed and make sure I don't forget anything, eat a small breakfast, digest my food a little bit, hydrate, and go to the bathroom if I need to. Then, I ask my husband nicely to accompany me drag my husband's half-awake self out the door, and go!
Today, I went to pick up my race packet at the expo, and I have to say, I was a little disappointed. Although there were a TON of people there, the line for packet pickup went pretty quickly, which was a good thing. However, after I picked up my bib and went to retrieve my shirt, they were all out of size smalls, which was not a good thing. This has happened to me a lot at races, and I never understand why, when they ask what my race shirt size is when you sign up?!! And I signed up early on, so I was even more aggravated. What made me even more annoyed was the fact that I spent $50 to enter this race (I know, not a lot for a half-marathon, but I signed on really early and it was a package deal), and I pretty much only got a race shirt that was the wrong size. Other than that, there were only coupons and a teeny, tiny ice pack that I may be able to use on my foot, but that's it. We didn't stick around for the expo because it was so dang crowded. I know there were some pre-race yoga sessions and even some seminars going on, which seemEd pretty cool, but we instead decided to do some last minute shopping for Mother's Day caress and gifts at the Providence Place Mall, and then hit up the Providence Oyster Bar for some pre-race fuel. I got some steak au poivre with truffle fries (I'll let you know how that goes after the race), and hubby got some oysters. Since we paid $12 to park on Federal Hill, I decided I wasn't going home without dessert, either, so we hit up a bakery nearby and got crepes. I tried to stay somewhat healthy by getting a strawberry, banana, and honey crepe. I can't remember the name of the place, but when I find out their name, I'll be sure to post it. After an exciting day, we stopped at my parents to give my mom an early Mother's Day gift (she was thrilled, especially after tripping and falling and possibly spraining her arm), headed home, and hydrated and packed all our crap for tomorrow, including a gift for my mother-in-law. You can see all my running gear in the photo above (I think it's upside down, but Im typing on my phone and too lazy to fix it now, especially since everything is packed!). It's supposed to rain at some point, so Im not sure whether I should wear my Old Navy capris or my Lululemon running shorts, so I'll make a final decision in the a.m. Either that, or I'll just layer.
Tomorrow, I'll post a full review of the race, comparing it to the Rock n Roll Providence half I did a couple years ago. In the meantime, wish me luck...and pray that I don't oversleep!