Summer marathon weekend! Hooray!
My husband had mapped out hiking and other activities for him to do with the kids while we spent a long weekend in Montana. We had plans with my running partner and her family for the weekend. We packed the car and drove off.
The drive went well. We stopped for some photo opps in Glacier National Park and continued to Missoula.
Upon arriving at our home for the weekend, we settled in, ate dinner and took a walk around the neighborhood. Missoula is a lovely city. People were welcoming, polite, helpful.. all good things. My husband mapped out a hike for the next morning.
When the sun rose the next morning, I was tempted to join JB for his morning hike but decided not to risk it. Besides, Jen and family were arriving that day and I wanted to be sure that we had food for everyone. Also, I had to check that we had not sprawled throughout the entire house, leaving no room for her family. JB had a great time on his hike and took the boys with him the next day.
Friday evening came and the grown-ups went out for the Missoula Beer Run. I understand it is a bit of a tradition the weekend of the marathon. Tour guides from the community welcome any runners to the Iron Horse Brew Pub. We divided into groups by the distance we were planning to run and headed off, (after downing a delicious beer from Iron Horse). Our tour guide was full of information about the city. He told us stories about the parks, the university, restaurants and local folklore during our short run. Very nice (free) event put on by the running club in Missoula.
Saturday was the usual prep for Jen and I. We ate, rested, went over our race plans and such. A good sleep and then.. Part 2.