Whoa, how did it suddenly become one day out from my marathon? It feels like forever ago I was dancing around at home like an idiot because I was so excited I made the cut for the Cabot Fit Team. And now, I'm reveling in the most amazing day I enjoyed in Vermont as a lead up to the Vermont City Marathon. I started the day with a slow jog with Deanna and Carissa (three miles at a 9:57 pace to shake out our legs).
I got myself looking Blogger Fresh (because I knew there'd be no less than 400 photos of myself taken this today) and took to my plaid-clad swagger wagon chariot. I love my Extra Sharp shirt, which I also donned for the Lincoln Park St. Paddy's Day 5K this spring.Percy Farms in Stowe, Vermont, where we learned all about raising and milking cows, along with the process of collecting, storing and transporting milk. This place had the most amazingly lush view.
Von Trapp Family Lodge for a little photo op with the team. I'm very glad I brought my Blogger Fresh to this day's activities.
Cabot Annex, which was basically a cheese lover's haven. It was a collection of every Cabot product you could ever want with a tasting bar and fantastic Vermont products thrown in for variety. I got kind of jealous of Vermonters walking around that store because we can't get nearly the selection of Cabot products back at home. Whipped cream? Butterscotch pudding? Cottage cheese? I'll fill out the paperwork to move here now, thanks.
While I would have loved to explore downtown Burlington and get my shopping and eating on, I forced myself to spend the afternoon in my hotel room chilling out, napping and thinking about the race. Tomorrow, I'm taking a second attempt at a sub-four marathon.
At Circular Logic, I could feel in the sixth mile it wasn't going to be my day. Tomorrow, I won't have that feeling. It's going to be a perfect day, weather and stomach wise. I'm starting the race with Carissa, who will be running a 1:55 half. I'll continue on with the four-hour pace group until the 20-mile mark. At that time, I'll take off if I can muster it. Kristina and I are the only ones running the full marathon, so my motivation is to get to the finish line because they'll be waiting on me.
Oh, and Heady Topper and maple creemees. My plan is to walk from the finish line to get my creemee, then enjoy it and a beverage with my legs propped up and iced, staring at Lake Champlain from the hotel terrace. Track me live tomorrow, or follow me on Twitter for updates.
Otherwise, see you on the other side of 26.2 miles.