Big Sur Race Recap Part 1

Where to begin??

I flew out of ATL with most of the TNT chapter bright and early (up at 4:45) and we arrived in SFO around 10:30am Friday.  Getting your bags and then a rental car is not exactly an easy process so we arrived in Monterey, CA around 2:00.

We were staying in the hotel where the expo was being held–lots of trouble for shopping very convenient.  Main highlight?

Me and Bart are now BFF’s.  I bought his book, he autographed it, and we chatted about Twitter and Facebook.

I also signed up for RNR Providence, bought a throw away jacket (thank God because race morning was FREEZING), and a Running Skirts skirt that I can’t wait to try.
Next up was a team dinner.  Around 25 of us enjoyed a pasta feast.  I had a risotto with chicken and mushrooms and was literally back in the hotel room and asleep by 9:30 (maybe even earlier).  
We had planned a group run at 6:30am to keep the legs loose.  I was up around 4:30 or 5–Gotta love east coast time.  We drove to Carmel-by-the-sea and ran for about 2 miles.  It was so pretty out!  We were running just as the surfers were starting to arrive.
Just the beginning of the incredible views while running…
 Big Sur Team shot after the run

Next up was more carb loading….I never order pancakes when I go out for breakfast and took full advantage.  They were amazing!
We decided our “stay off of our feet” day would be a trip to Big Sur and back.  The road was opened to 1 lane of traffic a week before the race and we decided to see the course and have lunch in Big Sur.  It was beautiful and intimidating all at the same time.  I have never seen so many hills so close together at one time.  
pictures do not do this place justice
 Robert, Lisa, Jeff, me, Ryan

bixby bridge-didn’t get to run it due to the mudslide

Saturday night was the TNT inspiration pasta dinner.  One of my favorite parts leading up to the marathon.  There is always a guest speaker (in this case our own Tommy Owens) that reminds you of why you are doing what you are doing–it’s something to think about when you are struggling at mile 20.  I am running for a cause bigger than myself.  
Big Sur Support Staff Lauren, Mike, Lisa, Ryan, Me, Tommy, Matt
The time change was still hard and I knew that a 3:15 wakeup call would be early.  I was in bed and asleep again by 9:00-9:30.
Race day is up next…

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