I really don't feel worse at all this morning.  I always wake up sore and stiff, but it loosens up fairly quickly.  My quads and calves are the worst.  Last night I think I was at my worst.  Grabbed Rob's shoulder a couple times to help me up from a seating position. 

I better be feeling ok today because we have a long day ahead of us.  We are headed for the Arch this morning, then the zoo, then a Cardinals vs. Mets baseball game tonight.  Should be fun!  Laughing
I'm not doing too bad this morning.  Definitely feeling it, but it's not terrible.  Ken tells me tomorrow will be worse.  I'm looking forward to that.  Smile
  • 4h 18m 15s
  • 26.20 miles
  • 09m 52s /Mi

I did it!! I did it!! I did it!!
I'll create a RR when I have more time to think about it.
Here is my lap data for the marathon:
3.14 mi: 9:54 pace
2.87 mi: 9:58 pace
3.02 mi: 9:40 pace
2.97 mi: 9:41 pace
3.00 mi: 9:59 pace
3.23 mi: 9:42 pace
3.14 mi: 10:08 pace
3.01 mi: 9:06 pace
2.18 mi: 9:17 pace
The total here is actually 26.56 miles!

4;18;15 !!!!
Clock Time4:24:54
Chip Time4:18:15
Overall Place840 / 1810
Gender Place198 / 630
Division Place34 / 90
23 Mi3:50:13

5:22 a.m.  I think I'm going to puke.  And I need a nap.
Wish me luck!!  Laughing

::gulp::  The moment of truth is approaching.  I'm feeling ok, but I am definitely ready to get started.  I plan on enjoying it, even with the rain.  I hope the entertainment planned along the route is still able to play with rain.  It did rain today, but I never noticed any thunder or lightening.  Hopefully it will stay that way. 

We had a fun day today.  We got into the city around 9:30 (their time) and went straight to the Soulard Farmer's Market.  It's something like the longest/oldest continuous running farmer's market in the country.  It's a neat place.

Then we went to the Anheiser-Busch brewery and went on a guided tour.  It's probably the 5th time in my life I've been on it, but it's amazing how things change or how much you forget anyway.  It is an impressive brewery.  And we got to see several Clydesdales today and got our picture taken with one.  Gorgeous animals.

Then we drove a bit of the race route, parked in our old neighborhood, walked inside our old apartment buildings (2, and did not knock), walked around the neighborhood and marveled at how some things never change and some things are strangely different, then headed back to the city to check in to our hotel. 

It's a completely different climate here.  The tulips are even past their peak.  Have any even bloomed at all in Rochester??  I was getting all sentimental about the spring, but Rob was quick to remind me how miserable the summer's can be.  oh yeah.  But I like summer better.  Bryn said she could move here.  Tyler got a bit panicky when it came up - he would never want to leave home.  But we aren't going anywhere anyway.  It is funny how different they both are.  Mark my words - I'm predicting it now - Bryn will live in Hawaii when she's grown.  And I will gladly visit her!  Smile 

 We're in Effingham, IL for the night.  The drive was long, but good.  It will only be about a 2 hour drive tomorrow to get to St. Louis.  The excitement is building!!  Laughing
Thanks for the all the inspires everybody!  Kiss

Oh, and springtime is sooooo much further along than at home.  The grass is actually green and growing, the trees are flowering and leafing out, the daffodils are nearing the end of their blooming cycle.  And it was in the 70's!  (Too bad we were in the car most of the day!)  Of course, it's supposed to rain on race day, but April showers bring May flowers!!
  • 30m 52s
  • 3.22 miles
  • 09m 35s /Mi

My last official "training" run! Felt ok.
I told Rob tonight that, in reference to the marathon, I hope I can say "That wasn't as hard as I thought it would be." (He laughed when I said that.) But in reality I think I'm going to end up saying "That was as hard as I feared it would be."

I'll let you know next week what it turns out to be.

I have a 3 mile run to get in sometime today, but I think I might wait until this evening.  I want to get laundry, grocery store and bank errands out of the way, and I'm volunteering in Tyler's class this afternoon for a couple of hours. 

I am getting very antsy to get the show on the road.  We are set to leave tomorrow morning at about 8.  We'll drive to somewhere in Illinois probably.  Then get to St. Louis early afternoon on Saturday.  Packet pick-up is Saturday, and the race starts bright and early at 7 on Sunday morning.  The weather is looking better since the thunderstorms in the forecast have been moved to Saturday. 

5:30 p.m. Notice the thunderstorms have returned to the Sunday forecast.... 

From the marathon website:

The GO! St. Louis Marathon has been recognized as a great race for first-time competitors, who are looking for an event that provides an abundance of participant services and amenities. Additionally, crowd support along the course and helpful volunteers, help to elevate this event to one of the highest quality marathon races in the Midwest. Each year thousands of people participate, not only from the St. Louis region, but from numerous other states and countries.

The marathon course is a scenic race that starts in the historic St. Louis downtown area. Participants run toward the impressive St. Louis Gateway Arch, before turning right, past Busch Stadium, home of the St. Louis Baseball Cardinals. The course also includes; Forest Park (second largest park in the U.S.), Washington University’s campus, Anheuser-Busch brewery, Downtown Clayton and University City Loop (voted as one of the 10 greatest streets in America). The marathon course finishes back downtown next to the Soldier’s Memorial building.

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