I'm not running in the race, but I'm all kinds of excited, anyway! The week kicked off with the Poland Spring Kickoff. The weather was kind of raw, but the spirit was fun. There were quite a few runners who came in costume for the pre-Halloween race. I ran the 5 mile in 46:29. I was really happy with this time as it was my first race back after the shoulder injury and I wasn't expecting too much. I felt a lot better than I expected. I was starting to flag at about the 3 mile mark when I heard a commotion off to the side of the field. It sounded like there was some kind of trouble with the bicyclists in the outer lane. I heard yells of 'coming through!' and the sound of a bicycle bell. Then I saw them - a group of guys running in the race, surrounding one guy in a yellow shirt. It was Lance Armstrong! I nearly died laughing. The man posing as Lance was carrying the handlebars of a kid's bike. It was a great pick-me-up and the last mile of the race was my fastest.
The expo for the race is enormous. Race packet pickup is there, so every runner has to drop by. I've volunteered to do general marshall duties from noon to closing on Saturday, so look for me if you are there.
I've also volunteered for race day. I'm supposed to be on a 5 Boro Roving Volunteer Team or, as the NYRR office calls it, a 'jump team'. I'm guessing this means I'll be all over the course on race day. It sounded like it might be fun, so I snatched up that assignment.
Best of luck to anyone reading this doing the race on Sunday. Here's best wishes for great weather. I also want to wish luck to anyone doing Ironman Florida on Saturday.