Marathon Week: Weather and Activity Tracker

The tricky part about getting MB and I ready for our big sojourn west is that MB isn’t here right now.  Off he jetted to go be super smart in his fancy Army uniform {we’ve talked about how he’s in the Army, right?}.  Leaving me to all the packing.


so handsome! and soooo happy he doesn’t have to pack for CA!

In full disclosure, I usually pack for both of us anyway but I’m a little frazzled so I would have enlisted him at some point.

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Marathon Week: Racecation Planning and Packing

Yesterday evening, after all the excitement that was yesterday morning — Twitter parties and Facebook updates and Instagram posts — I came home to two empty suit cases.  Oh sweet Mary.  I have to pack.  To go run my marathon.


A, calm as a cucumber. sweet muffin has yet to plan for her first racecation.

I had, not 6 hours earlier, told some of my dearest most supportive friends that I was ready, excited and most importantly NOT NERVOUS about this race.  As I started making lists {6 comfy outfits, 6 out to eat outfits, 3 running outfits, 1 marathon outfit} I realized it’s really not the race I’m worried about — although it is worth noting I have a HUGE amount of respect for 26.2 miles and to pretend that I don’t have a stitch of anxiety is a lie and also dangerous and full of hubris.  It’s everything leading up to the race that I’m nervous about.  With good reason.  Racecations, while super fun and always totally worth it, add a layer of logistics that you just don’t have with your local races.  Here’s what I’m tracking and how I’m dealing.

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Marathon Monday

It’s the race we all, as marathoners, strive for, the Olympic-like achievement for the non-pro runner.  And for always, the it will be the race that created an even stronger, more unshakeable bond in our community.

Marathon Monday is everything.

“And that’s what you’ve taught us, Boston. That’s what you’ve reminded us — to push on. To persevere. To not grow weary. To not get faint. Even when it hurts. Even when our heart aches. We summon the strength that maybe we didn’t even know we had, and we carry on. We finish the race. We finish the race. And we do that because of who we are. And we do that because we know that somewhere around the bend a stranger has a cup of water. Around the bend, somebody is there to boost our spirits. On that toughest mile, just when we think that we’ve hit a wall, someone will be there to cheer us on and pick us up if we fall. We know that.” – President Obama, excerpt from his speech at the Boston service


Five Things Friday

Hooray for Friday!  This week was a little bit of a nutroll and next week doesn’t promise to be any less nutrolly, especially since, well, I leave for the Big Sur marathon on THURSDAY.  In the meantime though the internet was chalk full of goodness this week!


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Five Things Friday

HOORAY!  I am halfway into my 4 day weekend!!  There are so many good things happening!  The weather is PERFECT, my bestie is coming to spending the night, my final 20 miler, seeing friends, shopping, eating — BRING IT ON.  But in the meantime, thank you internet for a wonderful week!


see?  best weekend ever!

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How to Have an Awesome Race T Shirt Quilt in 5 Easy Steps

Have you ever had one of those weeks where you were just on fire?  Everything was coming up {insert your name here} and you were pretty sure that the next person you saw was going to offer you a million dollars and your own private island because you are just that gangster?

So multiply that feeling times a million and stuff it into my yesterday night.  That’s how happy I was to get my 30 races T Shirt quilt.

collage quilt 1

super stoked

Let’s get to those 5 easy steps!

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Marathon Training Weeks 15 & 16

Sigh.  These two weeks are the two that should have been awesome but were just lacking.  Normal people are running their race by week 16 but not me —-ohhhhh no.  And I think these two weeks really reflect my exhaustion.

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