Monday, October 21, 2013

Pre-Marathon Activities

This past weekend was FABULOUS!! I have a lot to write about and I didn't want to cram it all into one post, so I am going to write about everything that happened prior to the marathon.

Mike and I left Rochester on Friday morning with Bernie in tow. We ended up hitting some traffic so it took us longer to get to Maine than I would have liked, but around 7pm we pulled into the Wal-Mart parking lot where we met up with Crystal and Joe. Then we all drove to my parents house and everyone got to know one another.

Saturday morning we slept in a little bit and the four of us got ready to go to the expo in Bar Harbor. While we pulled up we saw Isaac walking up to the hotel and conference center. After parking we all went into where we thought the expo was set up. A guy told us, "go this way" and pointed us down the stairs. We saw a breakfast set up and realized this wasn't where we wanted to be, though we should have taken some free food!

We finally figured out where the expo was and picked up our packets easily. We did do some exchanges of our jackets, since they were HUGE, and then browsed some of the merchandise. After Crystal told me that Sarah, someone I went to high school with, had said hi to me and I didn't realize it, I went back and found her. We chatted briefly about the next day and then Mike and I went to buy some shirts.

 Who is ready to run a marathon?

After we were content with our purchases, we drove into town and picked a spot for our two mile shakeout run.

 Running along the pier

We decided on the shore path in Bar Harbor, which is a really short path near the ocean. We had to do a few out and backs along the path, and I think we were frustrating some of the people walking on the path, but it was a good run. Joe even joined us for it!


 The three of us who would be running together

All that running made us hungry, just kidding we needed to start carb loading, so we drove to Jordan's for some breakfast. All five of us ended up getting some variation of the pancake special, I indulged in some blueberry pancakes of course!

After stuffing ourselves, we said farewell to Isaac for the rest of the day and went back to my parents' house. We got ready and shortly after all of us went into Acadia National Park so we could show Crystal and Joe some of the sights. Since we didn't wan to walk too much we drove up to the top of Cadillac Mountain.

 Some photos, Bernie came of course!

Doing our thing on top of a mountain

The views from the top

The views were gorgeous as usual and we got a lot of good photos!

 Bernie and Mike on Sand Beach

We drove a bit more of the park loop road and then went back to my parents' for some relaxing and a big pasta dinner, complete with garlic bread!

After a little bit more relaxing, it was time to get ready for bed so that we would be well rested for the marathon!

Stay tuned for the actual race recap!


  1. Looks like fun so far! I love Bar Harbor!

  2. Running in Bar Harbor was actually quite fun!!! And the great food at Jordans!

  3. Wow, I want to go to Maine--beautiful pictures! Pre-race carbo-loading is the best! ;)

  4. Great was really nice that you guys ran here so we could be a part of it!!!