One month to go!

THIRTY DAYS! The countdown. Too early to taper. This stuff is getting serious! The Metro Health Grand Rapids Marathon preparation is in full swing.

Yesterday we got the order for Clif Shots in. Clif is our official energy gel sponsor this year. I ordered another 2,000 Heat Sheets as well. We get them on rolls because they’re a lot easier to handle than boxes of flat sheets.

Night before last, we had a kids training run. Every year we set up an obstacle course at John Ball Park and before you know it, the kids have run another of their 25 miles without even realizing it. They’ll be running the last 1.2 miles the day before all you big kids run your race.

Then last night it was staff meeting night again. With a month to go, the meetings are well attended. The buzz is that of a whole group of people working toward only one purpose – to give you the best-ever racing experience.

Staff meetings are magical. People on our staff are nearing a count of 800 marathons at this point. They know what a marathon should be – then they set out to make it even better. They’re people who don’t need to be micro-managed. They’re all leaders. They aren’t afraid to make things happen. I really love these people.