From the looks of things the L.A. Marathon organizers have learned a few things from last year. For this race they've moved the start time forward to cope with the heat, have cooling mists and stations, extra electrolyte drinks (so they don't run out again) and overall seem prepared as much as they can be for the forecast scorching heat.
Of course, it wouldn't be the expo without a few obligatory photos with all the marathon signage and my race bib no.
New York Marathon).
With the high temperatures you never know how your body is going to react to the heat on the day, so I'm sure a personal best is out of the question, but I'll be happy just to finish safe and hydrated.
marathon medals on too, which I've been looking for for a while and I love the sentiment of 'Think strong, be strong, finish strong'.
It's the 30th year of the L.A. Marathon, but I'm not sure how much I like the official race t-shirt. Actually, I think that the black colour is slightly traumatising me and I hope no one is silly enough to wear black this Sunday with the soaring temperatures. Maybe I'll warm to this look once the race is over.
The day before a race is always like you're in limbo, but I'll be trying to stay cool and relax a little, as I'll be up bright and early to run my 5th L.A. Marathon and 10th overall.
I'm hoping for clouds (to avoid the beating sun) and cooler temperatures...