Send-off is where our team gathers to get our race shirts and last minute instructions from our coaches prior to the event. It is also a nice chance to socialize. Everyone looks different to be in regular clothing instead of running clothes, their heads not covered by hats. We have a really small team, and not everyone showed up, but those that did had a good time.
It felt sad to see Ed Stone's name memorialized on our purple shirts. It will be his birthday Sunday and that is the whole reason that I picked this race. Otherwise, I would have done the Nike in San Francisco. Ed fought cancer so hard, did everything he could to live. It was just not meant to be. On Sunday, his widow Leslie and two of Ed's sisters will be racing together in his memory. I know that it will be a really tough day for them.
I did my final training yesterday, getting in four miles before work. It was the last running I will do before Sunday, because my knee felt pretty good and I want to take it easy. I will do some walking of course, just a few miles here and there. Mostly, it is important to rest the week before a marathon or half marathon. I still plan on trying to run some of the race, although I've not trained enough with running to make more than a token running effort.