First, thank you all for the awesome support and great comments regarding my last post. I really do love getting comments, (more than I love Milano cookies even!) and I just re-read them all for an extra dose of inspiration before I head out the door to make the drive to my parents. You are awesome.
It is kind of cool doing a race that doesn’t require a hotel stay. I like that I get to eat really what I want the night before, which is going to be Molly Katzen’s Sesame-Peanutty Noodles but I add some chicken for extra protein instead of tofu (because I am the only one who would eat this with tofu, and I am hoping to share!) Seriously, this recipe rocks, try it.
I have been thinking about my past marathons and made this “Top 10” list of snapshot moments I have in my head from past events.
- Going for my first run with my buddy Steve W (who is running Sugarloaf
withahead of me). We ran 5 miles, he convinced me I should sign up for a marathon. I did. Later that week, after registering for the MDI Marathon, I emailed him asked him how far a marathon was.
- Driving the course of my first marathon the day before the race. During the drive I boldly claimed that I really did like running hills. At the end of the drive, John turned to me and said, “Well, I guess it is a good thing you like hills, because the first 25 miles of this race are uphill. My arm is tired from down shifting.”
- Thinking to myself as I was climbing mile 20 of that first marathon that I was actually going to finish.
- Just after that thought, I learned that the hardest part of the marathon is the last 6 miles.
- Taking a wrong turn at my second running of the MDI Marathon, and people following me because I had just told them I did this race last year and I knew where I was going.
- Getting the guy from New Brunswick with the bloody nipples to keep going at mile 21 of my second running of the MDI Marathon. He was ready to quit, I saw it in his eyes. I grabbed his arm and pulled him back on the course, asked him to walk with me for a minute. We walked and ran together for the rest of the race. At the finishline he hugged me and said he wouldn’t have finished without me. That was cool, I have no idea who he was.
- Running up Battery St. Hill to the beat of Taiko Drummers at the Vermont City Marathon. That. Was. Awesome. If you haven’t done it, you really should.
- Taking a shot of beer at Mile 25 of the Vermont City Marathon, where I PR’d. I love college students supporting a race. And, well, beer.
- Telling my friend Cindy, when convincing her to sign up for the Goofy Challenge, “Really, how hot could it be in Florida in January?” Answer: So hot and humid, you think you are breathing through a warm wet sponge.
- Almost puking on Minnie Mouse around mile 21 of the Goofy Challenge after eating (well, chewing. And chewing. And chewing.) Black Cherry Cliff Shot Blocks. I actually did puke behind her. Lucky Minnie. I will never eat those things again. Ever.
One last thing! Best of luck to all who are racing this weekend. I know three folks who are going for it this weekend, and I am sending lots of good mojo their way. BRING IT guys!
- KC at 140point6miles is doing the Florida International Triathlon on Sunday
- Jeff at Dangle the Carrot is doing his first 70.3 – the Texas Man on Sunday
- Teresa at Tri-A-Licious is doing the doing the Ironman 70.3 Florida on Sunday
Stop by their blogs and wish them luck if you get a chance, they will certainly appreciate it. These guys all give awesome race reports too, so check them out later this week to see how it went.