Now... To be clear, my personal experience should not make or break your view of the CDA Marathon... This just was not my day..
Packet pickup is the day before. No line at all, you find your name on the list outside the "expo", walk in, give them your bib number, confirm your name and swipe your bib. Boom. Done.
Big disappointment. Literally around ten booths, nothing spectacular... Didn't even look around or buy a single thing, which is huge considering how much gear there is and how I think I need to check all if it out. Although, we did have a good time in CDA with the girlies at a quaint little bar and grill called "Crickets", go food, Bill and I shared a heaping nacho and the beef was shredded rather than ground which make me happy. And that night we met up withy girl, Mandy, and her family, husband and adorable 9 month old little girl. We went to Seasons, and again the food was great, I had some seriously delicious mahi tacos.
No wine this week. Tons of water. No calorie counting. Nothing crazy to eat. Plenty of sleep. Taper all week (which makes me a super grouch, so I do owe Bill an apology). Plenty of sleep the night before. Packed overnight oats, Nuun tablets and carried my water bottle more than my purse. :)
-Mizuno Wave Prophecy 3's, as usual, these shoes are awesome, even though my feet suck... More on that in a sec.
- Random running capris
- Under Armour sports bra (learned my lesson at Bloomsday that this does indeed matter)
-Bill's Bose Earbuds, my iPhone and case that also holds my ID and a debit card
Good amount of volunteers and fuel/water stations. They had Hammer gels which I prefer to my own, so I was happy about that. Spectators were good in town, scarce the further you ran out. Zero entertainment which was fine considering I had my music. Post race was set up well but nothing spectacular.