Despite not running in the Marine Corps Marathon this weekend, my life was surrounded with the MCM festivities. On Saturday I spent the day working at the expo for Injinji and GU which was a great experience and I'll probably make a new post about that in the days to come. In short though, GU is a company I have supported since starting running, it's pretty much the only gel I've consistently used and have always preferred. Injinji was a new company to me, they produce 5 finger socks and they're super comfortable and help prevent blisters, I'll likely begin using them for long runs and report back accordingly.
Sunday morning I went to the MCM to cheer on the runners, specifically one of my good friends Ryan. I met him 3 years ago at mile 23 as we were making the turn in Crystal City, and have been great friends since. In 2008 we finished the race together and in 2009 we started together, so in 2010 without me running I felt it was a good idea to cheer for him. I caught him at 10.5, 15, 17.5, and 19.5, and he finished with a 4:40 time, not bad for taking a month off from training!
I think I have figured out my running calendar for 2011, I'll make a post about that in the next couple of days and start training hard to make the goal times!