I forgot to mention that I also booked a hotel room for the marathon. Initially I was planning to stay with my stepsister and her boyfriend, but my stepmom and I were looking at the course map over the weekend and it turns out their love nest is five miles from the starting line. And then I realized that I would need to get to bed early the night before the race, and to get up early on race day, and that I need to have a dance party before I can leave for the race, and that all of these things will be annoying to everyone who is not me. (Not that I really understand why, who doesn't love a 5 am jam session to the likes of Pink and Ke$ha? THEIR LOSS, OBVIOUSLY)
So, booked. Officially hotelling it up here:
It's about 1.5 miles from the start which is perfect, I can use the walk as a warm-up/calm-down and theoretically not have to leave four hours before race time to make sure I can navigate transportation issues. I don't know anything about the hotel, at all; it was the only one I could find in the vicinity that still had even semi-reasonably priced rooms available for Saturday night. I am, however, excited that the building has a sign reading "tip top tap." I don't know what that means, but I am sure it has something to do with beer, which probably also means they have vodka. Obviously I will feel right at home.