What will Surf City look like? I have no idea. I've never actually been to a marathon. The races I've participated in have all featured a combination of 5Ks, 10Ks and half-marathons, but never an actual full marathon.
I don't know what the atmosphere will feel like, don't know what the energy level surrounding a marathon is like. So I scoured around online and, uh, borrowed, some pictures of previous Surf City Marathons. While we visited Huntington Beach earlier this month to try and get a feel of what it will be like, I wanted to see what the race scene might look like.
The marathon will feature a wealth of runners, so the starting line could look like this.
This year they are featuring a two-wave start, so there might not be such a crowd at the start but who knows.
Out on the course, it probably will look like this.
Not sure where on the course that pictures is from but I'll be there on Feb. 7.
This next picture is pretty cool because you can see our motel in the background.
On the right-hand side of the street are motels, hotels, houses and business surrounded by palm trees. To the left (and off camera) is the beach. This is Pacific Coast Highway, the 1 Freeway, and these runners are heading towards the finish line. I get goosebumps just thinking about being here, going towards the finish line.
All the mile markers lined up, probably the day before the big race. To think that it will take me 10-11 minutes to see each of these. But I know I will be very happy to see each mile marker.
Another thing that helped set the scene was this post by blog buddy Lisa of Discovering the Meaning of Stonehenge (a runner's journey). She's also running Surf City and is an accomplished runner/marathoner. She knocked out a 16-miler on the weekend and is now, like me, in taper mode. Taper is a Latin word meaning "sit around on your arse and don't run."
I'm less than two weeks away!! Can you believe it?!?