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May 4 / Jane

The Starting Line

It is less than 16 hours until the start of my first full marathon!! Yesterday I went to the Expo to pick up my bib and race packet. I familiarized myself with the route to the start and got all the details I needed for Alex and my parents who will be spectating the race. I visited the various vendors and met the pacing coordinator, Bob, who posted daily on the NJ Marathon Facebook page. Every morning when I checked my phone I’d make my way to Bob’s post and check in with others who will be running with me tomorrow. He would post about training, pose a question to get discussion going (Do you run with sunglasses? What brand of treadmill do you have? What is your favorite post race beer? etc.), give advice on the race, and all together foster a community all with the same goal: Run the Shore!

The Starting Line

The Starting Line

I parked near the start line for the Expo. Tomorrow morning I’ll be lined up in Corral C to put my training to the test! Tonight I’ll be laying out my clothes, packing up pre & post-race snacks and getting the final details of when and where down with the family. I’ll enjoy a nice pasta dinner with Alex and go to bed early after a inspirational viewing of Chariots of Fire. Full report post-race. Wish me luck! =)

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