I’m in Phoenix now, on the eve of my second half marathon. I’m meeting a friend shortly so I will just give you all a brief recap.
My flight yesterday was great. The funny thing was that some women were talking in the waiting area to board the plane, and it turns out that of about five people in one area, three of us were flying to Phoenix to run the race. I guess I’m not the only crazy one! I arrived in the mid-afternoon and my sister Leslie picked me up at the airport. We went directly to the expo for the race (where you pick up your race number.)
I haven’t run a race with an expo before so this was a new experience to me. We picked up our numbers, t-shirts, and goody bags, then we walked around. There were tons of booths for a variety of products related to running—clothes, shoes, drinks, snacks, lotions, even paper jackets to buy for “throwaway” clothing. We picked up some free samples (though the Lara bar table was being very stingy) and were probably there about an hour.
Dinner was at Cibo in Phoenix, and then I went to the Phoenix Symphony concert (my sister is a violinist in the symphony). The concert was in Tempe at the Tempe Center for the Arts, a relatively new place, I am told. The symphony played all six of Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos. I ran into my friend Karen, (also a violinist in the symphony, but not playing that night) and we sat together. (Karen is a good friend of mine from when we lived in Cleveland). It was cool to see Leslie perform along with a few other friends in the symphony!
Today I spent an hour wandering around “Old Town Scottsdale” while Leslie was in a rehearsal. I bought a souvenir mug and got a really nice leather bag! We had lunch at the Orange Table and then relaxed in the afternoon—wanted to rest our legs, especially as Leslie is running the full marathon tomorrow. Dinner was homemade pasta and salmon…and now it’s time to meet up with my friend Sarah for a short while and then early to bed, early to rise, tomorrow it will be time to run!
I promise I’ll have pictures soon—I just haven’t taken any yet