During the drive over we caught up on work gossip (we all work together) and family lives. We stopped for breakfast, encountered no bad traffic (the whole weekend) and arrived in plenty of time in Portland for packet pick up. I found a new running store which is right near the Whole Foods store we visit often since we don't have one in Vermont.
The race t shirts were way small but they are sending us a new one that will fit. They apologized a ton for the sizing and are doing what is needed to make it right. A class act. I will give mine to a friend who is smaller - much - than I am and always covets my race shirts. She really covets my medals but no deal there.
Then we checked in to the hotel - no problem that we were early. All weekend I kept telling them it was up to them what we did because so much of the time was taken up with my race. We all agreed a beach visit would be nice and headed to Crescent Beach State Park. There was plenty of parking although it was expensive ($6.50) a piece. But it was heavenly. It wasn't too hot, in fact I was a little cool. We read and talked and MJ napped. Heaven!
Next up was the big decision of where to eat supper. We ended up at the Lobster Shack which wasn't crowded (where was everyone?) and wonderful. I always get a lobster roll so no surprise there. We split a whoopie pie which was to die for. But the best thing was the view and sound of the ocean as we were eating. Pure delight.
Then we goofed around and sat in the rock chair in front of the light house before making one more stop.....
......at this place. Next up: the actual race.