After stopping briefly at my grandmother's house (who made us a turkey dinner, so cute), Mike and I made our way to the Hyannis Marathon race expo. On our way there, it was about 3:15pm, we found out that the race was ON!
We pulled into the parking lot of the conference center, almost went into the EXIT only even after Crystal told us to not do what Joe did, and we found our friends. Crystal was her hyper self and Joe was mellow as ever and we quickly made our way to packet pick-up. After some confusion about where the relay pick-up was, and trying to get out of taking a baton, we browsed the racks (for some rain gear) and then left.
Team "Drove From New York to Run with a Dork" is ready!
We went to Marshall's and while we didn't find any running gear we liked, Joe found this SWEET (sort of sarcasm for Mike) Bruins hoodie. Then we went to our usual place, Stone L'oven. We've only been there one time before for the Cape Cod Half, but we did sit at the same table!
Love our friends!
Crystal and Joe were nice enough to let us stay with them, so we all went back to their place to relax for the rest of the night. Their dog, Atlanta, was really happy that Mike and I were there. Around 10pm we all went to bed and tried our best to sleep (I actually wasn't that nervous and slept pretty well).
In the morning we all got ready and since I was going second, I wasn't sure when/how much I should eat. I decided to just eat a piece of bread before we left and packed a peanut butter sandwich for later. We got to the conference center and we all dreaded what the weather was like: pouring rain. We thought that the rain was going to let up, most likely during my half of the marathon, so we just put on brave faces and got ready to run.
We also had a tweet-up in the conference center ballroom!
Right before 10am, we all went outside to see Mike and Crystal off. Joe was going to meet them later at mile 5 and I didn't want to risk not getting back to the exchange point in time so I was going to chill out in the conference center.
A little after 10am, they were off!
There they go! Mike is holding the baton and Crystal is right behind him
I hung out in a hallway in the conference center and just played on my phone, and eavesdropped on conversations. I started to get a MASSIVE headache and I began to worry slightly. I didn't want to say anything to Crystal (or anyone else really) before the race, but I was worried about fulfilling my Sherpa duties. I didn't want to let her down during her first marathon!
I just drank some water and slowly ate my peanut butter sandwich. Joe let me know at 10:58am that they were at mile 5, so I quickly calculated when they would arrive at the exchange point. I wasn't sure if Joe was going to come back before I had to go to the exchange point, but he did.
Meanwhile, this was happening:
One of my favorite photos from the race
Around noon I went to the bathroom, stretched and went outside in front of the conference center. The relay exchange point (#2 for 4-person teams) was right at the start, and all we had to do was wait for them to call out "#30 is coming in" (our bib number).
At 12:18, I told Joe that I thought I saw Mike coming. I then saw Crystal's red sparkle skirt and knew it was my time to be the Sherpa. I gave Joe my jacket and stepped out into the exchange point. I quickly asked the guy if I needed to carry the baton and when he said, "I won't be looking", I decided to forgo it (sorry, Mike!)
Great job, Mike!
I high-fived Mike, started my watch and ran to get to Crystal.
And now you'll just have to wait to see how the rest went!