Final Countdown!!!!

This weekend is my final marathon when I set the world record… eeek!!!! So much to do (including finish these last few race reports, I know). I’ve been getting really stressed out that I haven’t prepped enough and I’m not ready for this final marathon. But then what comes along to brighten my day… Lemondrop, an affiliate of AOL, just posted a really long interview with me!!!

With that to bolster my spirits and make me feel all famous and special, now I’m just looking for more ideas to make this awesome.

  • My friend John (who will be coming to run with me!) suggested getting a prom queen-style sash made to wear during the race, and I think that sounds like a lot of fun. Only concern… is that too goofy? I don’t want to look back on all these pictures in 20 years and wish I had looked like a more serious runner!
  • The race organizers are going to play a special song for me as I come down the finish chute. I still have to send it to them, but I’m think I’ll most likely go with Rascal Flatts’ “Stand”, since that got me through so many races and has kind of become my marathon anthem. Good pick?
  • The founders of the 50 States Marathon Club, Paula and Steve, are going to be there to present me with a trophy when I finish.
  • My mom is coordinating a post-race party at a local brewery – if you’re going to be in Minneapolis, make sure you leave a note on my Facebook fan page and she’ll get in touch with details.
  • Speaking of Facebook, the marathon organizers created an application that will automatically post to my status message whenever I cross a chip mat on the course… so if you can’t be in Minneapolis on Sunday, you can still follow along virtually! Again, just make sure you’re a fan of my page.
  • I’m also considering bringing my laptop (with webcam) to the post-race party so you can all share in the most important part of the day… the beer! After all, I didn’t call my blog Absolut(ly) Fit for nothing. Does a virtual toast interest anyone here? Would love to get a bloggy thing going if I can figure out the technology!

What else? EEEK! I can’t believe it’s finally almost here!


  1. Go Laura! Hope you have an awesome time this weekend and rock the marathon! I have really enjoyed following you through all your marathons and I am so happy for you!! I read the Lemondrop Interview and you were great! Seriously an inspiration!!

  2. I’m not a Facebooker, but I’ll be in MSP and would love to meet you and congratulate you on your awesome world record. My email address is if your mom could send me the details there, please. Don’t know how coherent I’ll be since I will have just finished running for 24 hours, but at least I’ll be a cheap date ;)

  3. I am SO excited for you!!! I hope you have an exciting and memorable race. The sash might be a little too over the top. Either way, I don’t know how you could possibly look back at this achievement with any regret. I’ll be cheering for you!

  4. What an amazing accomplishment! Good luck!

  5. WOW! Congratulations!! This is so inspiring and just amazing!
    Enjoy your run this weekend! Make it the best one yet! :D

  6. this whole thing is so incredibly amaaaazing! ROCK THE PROM QUEEN get-up…do it do it do it!!!

  7. Wow! SO PROUD!

  8. Wow girl can’t believe the time is finally here! After reading your blog for I’m not even sure how long, I can totally say I knew you when :)

    Good luck, have fun, run hard!

  9. I saw you finishing this weekend! You looked great! I hope you enjoyed VCM and all its wonderfulness as much as I did! GOOD LUCK in your final stretch!

  10. I’ve been following your blog for awhile and this is really an amazing achievement. Good Luck! and Congrats!

  11. Wow I can’t wait till you finish, even though you have already done so much so far!!

  12. How exciting! Good luck this weekend. Enjoy the experience!

  13. You go girl! Good luck :)

  14. Laura, I’ve been following your blog since your Akron Ohio race. I love reading your race reports and wish you a wonderful day as you meet your incredibly impressive goal! Good luck and I’ll look forward to the write-up!

  15. I can’t even imagine how exciting this is for you! Good luck this weekend! You will do awesome!

  16. So in awe of your achievements, hope you have the best time ever, you deserve it.

  17. I am so glad you allowed us to share your journey, thank you. Have a great time this weekend, I know you will be on clould 9. congratulations on your tremendous achievement. You go Girl, outstanding.

  18. Awesome! So impressive!

  19. I am so excited for you!! You deserve all of the fame that you are receiving.

  20. I don’t remember when I first started reading your blog, but it’s been fun reading and watching you reach your goal. Have a fantastic race this weekend! Revel in it! You’ve earned it.

  21. Yay! So excited for you! I don’t comment as much but trust me, I’ve been following your progress every step of the way and you are a total rockstar!

  22. Good luck this weekend!! It’s so cool to see the map on your sidebar with just one state left to color in.

    Congratulations on such a magnificent accomplishment!!

  23. Oh, terrific!! Have a great run!

  24. I can’t believe you’re almost done. Good luck and have a blast!

  25. You’re going to do great! Just became a fan! You had better put THAT race report up quick!!!
    Good luck girly!

  26. That’s awesome! Congrats! I’m already toasting to you.

  27. I’ve been reading for years and have never commented, but I just wanted to pass on my congratulations! You’re stories are so inspiring to wannabe runners (and Absolut drinkers) such as myself. You’re a rock star! Wear the sash!

  28. wow–that is just so awesome!! best of luck and have a blast in minneapolis! and congratulations on such an amazing accomplishment!

  29. Hi Laura!!! I just found out about what you are doing, and I must say I am in awe!!!!! Holy crap!!!! You go girl. How freaking amazing are you? :):) I want to follow your blog, but I’m not seeing where I can follow. Break a leg in your last race!

  30. OMG, Laura!!! I’m reading about you on Runner’s World (online) Racing News! You’re famous! And I get to say “I knew you when…” YOU ROCK, GIRL! Congrats on your accomplishments and good luck on Sunday.

  31. Holy moly, this is big Laura! How exciting that the race organizers are going all out for you. Have an awesome time.

  32. PS-This girl wants to know what your plans are AFTER finishing? Even if you’re not sure right now, maybe you could dedicate a paragraph in a post about what you are dreaming of most doing once you don’t have to fly off to run a marathon every weekend?

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  34. Congrats Laura. AMAZING!!!!!!!

    AND EPIC!!!!

  35. AMAZING!


    Woooooooot! I get to say I knew you when, having followed your blog since the way back times. Congratulations, what an AMAZING feat!

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