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That’s right, I’m going to Atlanta for Thanksgiving and Hawaii in December!
For Thanksgiving, I’m flying down to ATL on Wednesday night, running the marathon on Thursday morning, then jetting over to Charleston to join my brothers plus their fiancees for a guilt-free Thanksgiving feast (calories burned from 26.2 miles = lots and lots of stuffing). On Friday, I’ll spend the day trying to get bumped off flights home so that I can earn free tickets, and then on Saturday, my mom and I will have a quiet belated Thanksgiving at my apartment in New York. Two Thanksgivings! Two chances at stuffing! I can hardly wait :)
I’ve never been to Hawaii, but Boyfriend and I are taking several days off from work (it will be the day after I finish my stressful project) to go. My roommate also (drunkenly) signed up, which is particularly interesting since she doesn’t run marathons – she does triathlons. Her thinking is that 6 weeks is enough time to switch from three sports to one as long as her goal is simply to finish, and I think she’s right – as long as she does a sensible run/walk plan, I think she’ll be okay. See what some Halloween revelry and alcohol will do to our judgment? Speaking of which…
In addition to me as a woodchuck (yes, that is a bottle of Woodchuck Cider I am drinking), we had Boyfriend as a parrot (he toted a bottle of Parrot Bay rum, which he finished by the end of the night. A whole bottle by himself – insanity!), his roommate as Plastered Penguin, and his roommates’ girlfriend as Buzzed Bunny. Good times were had by all.
Boyfriend thought he was going to be free all weekend, but after it was too late to go to New Hampshire, his boss sent a deluge of e-mails, which sucks. However, I think it’s really for the best that I’m not running New Hampshire – a blister on my toe from last weekend is still sore even though I lanced it, so I think it’ll be good to take some time off. My middle toe and second toe lately seem to get sore after marathons, and this time a small blister developed on the end of one toe, which is normally an indication that my shoes don’t fit. However, I’ve been professionally fitted a few times, and I rotate through several pairs of sneakers so it doesn’t seem to be one specific small toe box causing the problem. Anyone have thoughts?
So no marathon this weekend, but my roommate and I are going to watch the NYC Marathon on the Upper East Side and relive the magic. I’m spending today reading A Race Like No Other, by Liz Robbins, which profiles the 2007 New York City Marathon and is getting me pretty psyched to see everything tomorrow. For anyone who is running, I will be wearing my yellow Marathon Maniacs jersey over whatever I’m wearing that day, will be standing to cheer around miles 18 and 23.5 (I’ll be looking for my old manager who is shooting for a 5 hour pace, so whenever we see him at 18 we’ll head to 23.5), and will have a big sign that says, “Run the first 10 miles with your head, the next 10 with your legs, and the last 6.2 with your heart.” It’s such a great inspirational quote, and while I know it’s not very original, it makes a great sign. Though I still wish I could find a way to put this post of Lana’s on a sign.
Speaking of which, right this second she is in the middle of the marathon part of her Ironman – please be sure to be thinking good thoughts and head over to her blog and wish her luck. And best of luck to EVERYONE running/competing this weekend – not everyone can do what you do, and whether you’re in NYC or elsewhere, I’m cheering for you :)