Friday, November 12, 2010

The Marathon is Tomorrow!

Tomorrow is the BIG day!!  My first marathon!  Training started June 5th and since then I have logged more than 450 miles!

I can't tell you how much I have enjoyed this training.  Yes, it was a HOT summer.  No, not every run was good.  And it certainly hasn't been easy on my family.  But, my Saturday runs have been fun and I've enjoyed our conversations on the road.  I am going to miss my Saturday routine and seeing this group of girls each week:

Bottom left to right: Anna, Heather and Mary Curtis
Top left to right: Kat, Allison, Niki and me

Last night (Thursday) we all got together at Heather's house for a carb loading pot luck dinner. We had a great time and ate some great pasta.

We also put some bright green duct tape on our shirts so we could put our name on them.  That way people can shout out our names as we go by.  (Trust me, we're going to need all the help we can get!) Plus, the bright green might help our friends and family find us in the crowd of runners.

Tom was awesome and offered to sleep downstairs on the couch with the baby monitors so I could close the bedroom door and get some good, uninterrupted sleep.

Today I had to run around a lot more than I planned.  I really wanted to be able to sit and relax a bit, but that didn't work out.  I did manage (thanks to my Mom) to get in a nice lunch with Heather and Neal (Neal is running tomorrow, too).

After lunch, we headed over to the Expo to pick up our race packets.

Yes, I was a BIG dork and took pictures of us getting our packets.  But, it's my FIRST marathon.  I'm thinking this is the only time I can get away with it.  That's me finding my bib number.

And Heather and I with our bibs.

And while there we ran into our favorite photographer - Paige!  Paige has been taking pictures for Tom and I since our pre-wedding photo shoot - eight years ago.  Paige is running in her first race - the 8k, along with my sister-in-law, Nancy and her daughter, Maggie.  I love how contagious running can be!

Well, I wanted to leave you with a song that popped into my head earlier today while thinking about tomorrow...

Too funny!

The weather is going to be beautiful tomorrow (probably a little on the hot side by the end of the run) and I am so, so excited to experience a marathon.  For almost six months, I have imagined what it would feel like to cross that finish line.  And I'm going to find out TOMORROW!

Hopefully my next post will be me giving you a recap of a great run!  Feel free to send me some good, strong, endurance vibes!

Thank you!!


Ann said...

Good luck Christy. I definitely will be sending you some good, strong, endurance vibes. With the time difference between VA and AZ, you'll probably be finished by the time I wake up!


Just Diane said...

Good luck, Christy!!!! You go, girl!

Christy said...

Good Luck, Christy! I hope you have an awesome run. I know how hard you have worked for this. Enjoy YOUR DAY! So happy for you and proud of you for accomplishing this. It's mind blowing to know you were able to train for a marathon with every thing going on in your life.
Best wishes for a fantastic run!

Kristen said...

I know you won't get this until after the race, but I am definitely sending good vibes your way this morning! GOOD LUCK! You're amazing!

Susan said...

Since we are west coast you may already be done. I sent well wishes on Facebook yesterday but I didn't see this post until Saturday. It's so great to see all the pictures of you with the other ladies. I've got a better feel for some of what's involved. I'm sure today is a day you'll look back on with pride for the rest of your life. Congrats on making it happen with all the other things you have going on! It takes an extraordinary effort. Much Love.