marathon: part 1

Saturday, February 11th

casey and i went to pick up my race packet. 

in the packet:

  • lots of flyers advertising upcoming races. with the exception of a couple, these were recycled. 
  • a packet of dole fruit snacks.
  • a snickers marathon bar.
  • a coupon for whole foods: buy three items, which will not be a problem, get one free!
  • a coupon for a free BBQ taco at jim ‘n nicks. apparently jim ‘n nicks has Taco Tuesdays! who knew? i guess i’ll have to check it out!
  • my mercedes marathon long sleeve tech shirt. it’s way too big, so i’ll be using it as a lounging shirt, which is fine with me.
  • my bib/tracking chip! #752!!

image

Sunday, February 12th

5:00am

my alarm went off. 

-am i really going to try to run a marathon today?

i checked the weather on my phone.

-is it really 21 degrees?! does it really FEEL like 13 degrees?!

i got out of bed. i had gotten all my stuff ready the night before, so i didn’t really know what to do after i got dressed (capri tights, long sleeve tech shirt, sweatshirt, two pair of gloves, and a beanie). i stood around the kitchen for a while, ate a muffin, gathered my things, and headed out to pick up kat and her brother, matt (he ran the half marathon). 

yeah…it’s definitely 21 degrees out here…YIKES!

6:00am

we made it to the race location, found a parking spot, and sat in the car for about 15 minutes. we decided to walk a block to the sheraton hotel to use their facilities. the lobby was packed with fellow runners. There were people from all over the place: Illinois, Tennessee, Michigan, Colorado, Pennsylvania, New York, Arizona, Texas, Canada, etc.!

6:45am

we headed to the starting corral. 

-am i really about to do this?! it’s so cold! and i’m so scared!

kat and i took our positions in the 10-11 minute mile pace section. we waited. we froze. 

image

7:03am

ready, set, GO!!! 

7:06am

we crossed the starting line. i teared up a bit because it was sort of overwhelming.

-this is it. this is the moment that i’ve spent the last 8 months of my life preparing for. 

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s