We set up the Sole Runners tents across from Century City Mall.
After tracking the weather forecast all week, I was one prepared Green Girl.
The goal was to stay as warm and dry as possible while waiting for Jay from Tri2Thrive so I could run him in to the finish of his first marathon.
Our holistic aide station consisted of water, orange and watermelon slices, pretzels, Trader Joe's Super Red Drink Powder mixed with coconut water, and, of course, The Green Girl's Famous Salted Potatoes.
The Sole Runners explained the 17:03 head start the women get to the non-runner volunteers who were surprised to see females in the lead.
Shortly after, we saw the first elite man, Markos Geneti.
I spotted Glenn from The Running Fat Guy passing by our tent so he stopped to chat.
One Sole Runner came through and a couple of other Sole Runners quickly sat her down, gave her some food and drink, and then proceeded to peel off her wet socks and shoes. As she got a breather and some respite from the rain, they coated her feet in BodyGlide and then put on a fresh pair of dry socks and shoes before they sent her on her way.
Another Sole Runner, Mike, made a run to the store to pick up a couple boxes of trash bags and we pre-cut head and arm holes for countless shivering runners.
When Jay arrived, he looked strong and appeared to be in good spirits.
I ripped off my grocery bag shoe protectors and we set off to the Finish Line so he could become a marathoner.