It's hard to believe that I fly out for Vancouver, BC 2 weeks from today! Holey moley this trip snuck up on me. But I am SO excited for it! Especially since I get to finally meet Amber and Lauren!
So here is a little break down of my travel plans!
I arrive in Vancouver, BC on Wedneday, October 6th. Amber is picking me up from the airport and will be my Vancouver tour guide! I can't wait to check out the city and run along the seawall - with Amber! We're planning to meet up with some Vancouver bloggers for dinner on Thursday night.
On Friday morning, we'll make our way south to Seattle, where we'll spend one night. I know we will not be in Seattle long enough to do this city justice, so I'll definitely need to return to this city in the future. At a minimum, we want to visit the original Starbucks, check out the Pike Place Market, and see the Space Needle (most likely just from the outside). I have heard nothing but great things about this city so can't wait to check it out1
On Saturday morning, we'll continue south to Portland. Time permitting, we might stop at Snoqualmie Falls. I have wanted to visit this park since seeing it on the Bachelor a couple of years ago (yes, I used to watch that show... *hangs head in shame*). We'll arrive in Portland in the the early afternoon and plan to check out the Marathon Expo. If you want to get a feel for the buzz that surrounds a marathon, I recommend checking out a marathon expo. There are tons of booths with free product give aways - and the nervous energy of the expo is pretty darn contagious! I went to the Twin Cities expo last year and walked out thinking, "yep, I definitely need to do a marathon in 2010." After wondering through the expo, we are hoping to get a chance to check out Powell's Books, which is only a block from our hotel. It's one of the largest books stores in the US and covers more than a city block - so it's basically heaven on earth for a book lover like me! After checking out that store, we'll meet up with Lauren and her boyfriend for some carb loading! It turns out that Portland is very gluten free friendly so we had multiple options to choose from, which was a huge relief for me!
On Sunday morning, Amber and I will rise early and head to the start line of the Portland Marathon. In week 18, I'll be telling you more about my goals for the race. Depending on how I feel, we'll hopefully do a bit more walking/exploring on Sunday afternoon. I definitely want to try to keep moving as much as possible... last time I ran a marathon, I took a ginormous nap and woke up in excruciating pain so I really don't want to repeat that experience.
On Monday morning, Amber will drop me off at the airport and I will return to Minneapolis. I am praying that I am not too sore - but at least it is a direct flight!
Here's where you come in!
1. Have you visited Vancouver, Seattle, or Portland? We won't have much time in each city but are always up for recommendations for things that we must see or must do!
2. Any marathoner out there that have traveled to run a marathon? Any words of advice? What should I expect for the plane ride home on Monday?
As always, thanks for your input!!