Thursday, January 15, 2009

Last full day in Tucson!

And boy, is it already busy.

After work is going to be crammed with laundry, jersey decorating, packing, and trying not to get hurt (this is harder than it sounds, BELIEVE me).

At our team meeting on Tuesday, our wonderful coordinator, Louanne, told us that the Tucston chapter alone raised almost $90,000. Holy crap. So, to my wonderful contributors and supporters: THANK YOU. You have helped save lives and helped give me a voice to create an awareness about these horrible blood cancers.

We also got our purple race day jerseys (I opted for a shirt, not a singlet- I've been running in shirts the entire time we've been training, so to change it up on Game Day is a bad idea in my book).

I think I really underestimated the amount of information and who needs-to-be-where-and-when stuff that was going to be involved.......we get packets when we check into the hotel, then another packet when we check in at the expo (did I mention I need to change my CORRAL?? Moooooo).......tickets to pasta and victory parties and timing chips and gear backs......AACK! Seriously, just get me to the starting line in one piece with my sunglasses and visor and I'm good. Really.

I'm facing feelings of intense anxiety accented with bits of an excited rush (no, I didn't just pee my pants).

Tomorrow we'll go up to Phoenix to check into our hotel (along with 1,200 other TNT participants). We're staying across the street from the Convention Center and it's Arizona's largest hotel, as of September 2008 (when they opened). Check it out!

http://www.sheratonphoenixdowntown.com/

My mom and dad will be in town too, so we'll get to meet up with them! I'm so excited that they've come down from Idaho to support me- Todd's going to drive them around so all three can take pictures of my FLYING by them. Ok, not flying, but they'll get a taste for the event and the bands (a Buddy Holly tribute band will be there!)

Saturday is a group run in the morning just to get a feel for everything, then we'll walk over as a team and pick up our packets (And I'll change my corral!!!), race numbers, timing chips, and I will spend some hard-earned cash on some well-deserved souvenirs. :)

Saturday night is the pasta party (The Desert Mountain States Chapter will all have matching bright yellow t-shirts, so look for us!)- I'll elaborate more on this afterwards, because I've never been to one, so I don't really know what it's about.

Then Sunday, it's on the shuttle at 5:15 to get to the starting line for when the gun goes off at 7:40.

run run run walk run run some more walk some more drink water and cytomax, eat a salt packet, run run run run run walk run walk walk walk. Rinse and repeat for about oh....5 hours.

Then? The finish line. How glorious (and probably emotional) that will be.

I'll post more if I get the chance, but I just wanted to check in and say holy CRAP, this is really happening, and thank you ALL for your support.

5 comments:

Seanie! said...

I don't really have much else to say other than to thank you from the bottom of my heart that you've added Grandpa Howard's name to those that you are running for. I know I never got around to writing a thing for you, and I'm sorry about that.

I'll be thinking speedy thoughts for you on Sunday, and raise a toast to those we've lost from this.

You. Rock.

Osh said...

good luck my dear!

Carolyn said...

Good luck!!

Katie said...

I'm soooo excited for you!!! Can't wait to hear how it all went!!

Karen said...

Was thinking about you a lot yesterday and wondering how it went...how you did...That's great that your family could be there too...Hope to hear from you soon and see pictures (wink, wink)
$90,000!!!! wowsa! Niceeeee and soooo needed!!!