Saturday, May 26, 2012

KBVCM Half Marathon Tomorrow

I'm all set to run the second half of the KeyBank Vermont City Marathon tomorrow with Rachel, the same Rachel that ran Boston. Last night I picked up our race packets from the Expo. Talk about chaos.... I don't know how Boston is able to easily give out packets to 25,000 people yet there is such a mess at the VCM expo with only 7000 runners. The other let down of the expo? No Ben & Jerry's. Seriously, what. The. Heck. I was looking forward to it all day. They give it out every year, but I guess it was too much to have it at both the Expo AND the finish line.

I am always excited to peek into the bags to see what we get for goodies. This year wasn't bad. Actually, I think I like it a lot better than Boston's race packet this year (who thought of putting rice into Boston's bag?!) Some of the goodies included a gel shot, a Vermont magazine (that I haven't opened), an awesome sticker, and my favorite - the square of Lake Champlain Chocolate. I'm not sure how I feel about the new shirt design, but it does make it easier to wear it out in public and it seems super light. I suppose I'll have to get used to the absence of the VCM logo that is usually prominently displayed everywhere.

Tomorrow marks my third half marathon at the VCM. I did a relay team one year (with 4 other runners) and have run the full thing twice. I definitely think the half is my favorite, especially when coming off Boston. For one, I know I have the endurance to get me through it. It also feels easier because it is half the distance. The other nice thing about a half is that I can actually walk the next day! 

I'll let you know how it goes. Hope you're all enjoying your Memorial Day weekend. The weather in VT is perfect!!

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