Saturday, October 22, 2011

Pre-race Festivities

Today Mike and I headed to Rhinebeck to pick up our race packets for tomorrow's race!

First, here's the one good photo of me from the Run for Hospice last Saturday. There was a photo of Mike but he didn't want it put on the blog.


I hope that I look that happy tomorrow.

Picking up our race packets took about five minutes. We also picked up Mike's mom's race packet and t-shirt. The shirts are really nice! It's green, which is my favorite color! It's also a tech shirt so I can wear it on training runs.

The main reason that I wanted to go pick up our race packets today was so that we could drive the course. Since it is our first half marathon, I want to minimize any surprises as much as possible. Overall the course is nice, it varies between flat and rolling hills. None of them appeared to be monstrous!

After that we went to eat lunch at Panera and went to Dick's Sporting Goods to see if they had some shoes that I was considering buying. Unfortunately, the store we went to didn't have them in stock.

We then went to check out a local lighthouse. If you didn't know we are a little bit obsessed, to put it lightly, with lighthouses. We have seen over seventy of them!

Saugerties Lighthouse

The front view

This lighthouse was nothing spectacular, but it was still nice to check one off of our list!

On our drive back, we made a quick stop at Fleet Feet to see if they had the shoes that I wanted to try on. We felt really bad since we weren't planning on buying any shoes. Mike's mom is going to order them online for us because she is a VIP member through an online shoe website.

The guy measured my feet, checked my arch, watched me walk and run around in three pairs of shoes. I ended up not really liking the New Balance 890s but I did like the comparable shoes that he brought out. They were the Saucony Kinvara 2 and Mizuno Wave Precision 12, I liked them both! I liked Mizuno's shoe better than Saucony's, so I am most likely going to go with those. I think that they will work out in the winter a little bit better than my Nike Free Run+ 2's.

We had a pasta dinner with Mike's parents and now we are spending the rest of the night relaxing.

When I return, we will both be half marathoners!


  1. I hope everything went well with your race!

  2. Great picture Jamie!! You look so strong...and happy :)