There also must have been an event on the trail recently, there were all sorts of inspring messages chalked on the pavement like this one:
This run I also tried Gu gels for the first time, and wow, they really make a difference! I ate the first one at 3.5 miles, half way through, and then one every 15 minutes or so after that. I ended up running almost the entire 7 miles!! It was a slow pace of course, but I am totally fine with that. If I feel that great on race day I will be overjoyed!