As I know I mentioned on my old blog, the Austin Marathon course comes right down our street this year. I think it's beyond cool that I'll be able to sit on my front porch and cheer. The two times I've run a marathon, the course went down Shoal Creek Boulevard, and so many people just sat in their front yards watching. After seeing that, I always wanted to live in a house where I could, but I never thought it would happen. And now it is! I have very small goals in life.
As the race gets closer, I'm getting more excited. Each weekend big packs of runners come through with their training groups. The girls like hanging out on the front porch to watch and yell for them. This morning I was standing outside, talking to a neighbor when one group, with a friend of mine in it, went by. It was great to be able to talk to Tracy and promise lots of cheering on race day.
We've also seen lots of the prep work going on. One morning we watched as a guy on a bike, with a police motorcycle escort, came through to mark kilometer and mile marks on the course. This morning, police on motorcycles were escorting a person driving the course backwards and making other marks on the pavement.
The girls and I are planning to make signs for our friends who are running, and I told another friend I'd bring out the video camera and tape her as she and her 3:45 pace group run by. We're having lots of friends over and will be serving coffee and bagels and donuts. It's going to be great.
I really want our block to turn out and offer great crowd support, so much so that I'm considering printing up flyers and putting them on everyone's door. One neighbor this morning didn't know about the marathon and was wondering about the marks on the curbs. Fortunately, he was really excited when we told him what was going on.
It's going to be so much fun!