Friday, October 10, 2008

Off to the Races!

In a few hours I am headed to Baltimore Maryland with my darling and fast husband, to run the Baltimore Marathon together. I mean really together. Even though he can run a marathon 3 hours faster than me, this time we are going to do it side by side. I told him the funnest people at the marathon are the people at the back with all the grandma's and grandpas and so I think out of curiousity he is running with me.
It is hard for me to say that I am a runner. I don't look like a runner - I mean really I don't. Most people are shocked when they say "what did you do today?" and I say oh I ran 9 miles this morning - they kind of give me the look from head to toe thinking, impressive or she is lying, one of the two.
I am so nervous because I have not even been nervous! I have been so disctracted with Pink Christmas these past two weeks that I have not thought about the marathon other than during my running. This has been one of the many blessings of Pink Christmas in my life (and I can't wait to share you the story of another)
Here is my get to do check list so I don't get too overwhelmed today.

  • pack up my running shoes that are about 3 weeks dead with no tread. (my feet are going to be so mad at me tomorrow that I tried to save $100 by not buying new shoes for the marathon - never again, )
  • pack up my Balega socks size medium (the only size medium I own in anything I wear) the best socks ever recommended by my super fast sister in law (mother of 4) who just ran her 2nd marathon of the year last week in the rain at 3:31. Now I am not one to care about speed, I will never be speedy but this is just down right amazing!
  • pack up my pink Nike outfit that I am so excited about. The tank has two awesome pockets connected to the shirt one of which will be holding my new slick, small, water-shock proof camera.
  • pack up new slick, small, water-shock proof camera
  • leave ipod home. goodbye wonderful Baltimore 2008 training mix you served me well but now I get 6 hours of my husband
  • pack up funky pink and black pink stripped thigh high socks to wear on my arms in the morning until it gets warm enough to take them off. (if you have not seen the selection at Target, check it out)
  • put the beads on my shoe that will represent what I am running for this time. Last year I had 3 pink beads to represent my daughters, it kept me going when I looked down
  • bring pink sharpie to write my words on my feet - that I am also keeping a secret until tomorrow
  • pack up pink water belt in case i decide to wear it - probably wont
  • gather all my gu and shock blocks
  • get a $50 bill in a small plastic bag to give to that guy that played that awesome music at mile 20 last year - love that guy! I hope he is there again.
  • shave armpits so my arms in the air photos won't look gross
  • wash, bleach and superdose sheets with fabric softener so when I come back home on Saturday night I will slip in and say "ahhhhhh"
  • bring sunglasses
  • check and see if Baltimore weather will still be a sunny 71 degrees.
  • eat food - last year I starved myself for days before
  • get whatever bath and body items I want to pour in my bath on Saturday night.
  • pack pink and white polka dot ribbon to tie in my pony tail again.
  • pack up garmin - this year don't forget to take a good photo of it reading 26.2 miles!
  • get fingernails painted pink along with a little message on 4 of the fingers
  • email those few key people that got me into thinking I could do this in the first place a year and half ago.
  • bring my chocolate brown soupie to sleep with tonight.
  • pack up sport shield in large roller and my new cool individual use single packet (from ZombieRunner)
  • bring the great handout I got at Girls camp with the photo of President Thomas S. Monson with the following quote
In life, as in business, there has always been a need for those persons who could be called finishers. Their ranks are few, their opportunities many, their contributions great. One day each of us will cross the finish line. Will it likewise be to the cheers and encouragement of those we have loved and served? Hopefully, it will be to the approbation of our savior, who because of our faith and good works, will say, "Well done, though good and faithful servant."
Thomas S. Monson
Last but not least, this poster was on my door this morning. Little notes from the young women from my church organized by one of our leaders. I stood there and cried. It meant so much to me. I feel a need to show these girls they have the ability to do things that would otherwise seem impossible. This is what running a marathon has given me - That with Faith and prayers (lots of prayers) I can do anything I put my mind to.

after reading my list is there anything you think I forgot?


Anne said...

You're going to kill it tomorrow. You've trained for this, you're ready!!

Can't wait to hear how it goes.

Wendee said...

You're awesome, Kristi! Find a space to take along our thoughts with you, too! Run fast and true!

Elisa said...


Apricot Tree said...

You are such an inspiration!

Jessica said...

good luck kristi! you ARE such an inspiration. :)

carlo said...

pretty complete list, but you forgot one thing-- a pat on the back! you deserve it.

GO KRISTI!!!! you can do it

Becca said...

Have fun! Add it to your list!

Love the poster from the YW - what a blessing!

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Missy :o) said...

I wish you the best of luck! I'm so happy for you to do this again! I'll need support from an 'ol pro like you when I get going on mine! You're an inspiration.

That is so cute that your husband is running it with you. That is LOVE! (not to mention humility!)

Hilary said...

Good luck, cute Kristi!

I think the your prep list is so fun!

Kristy said...

Good luck tomorrow!!!! I got my Pink Christmas was awesome.

Shauna said...

Enjoy every minute! Soak in this experience and GO GIRL!
The poster from the YW would have made me cry also. They are so blessed to have your example.

JENNIFRO said...

I am SO amazed by this! Have a wonderful run and know so many are thinking of'll do great!

Manu said...

You are AWESOME!!! All the very best to u....

My name is Andrea said...

I'll be thinking of you...Run, Kristi! Run!!

You are an inspiration and I look forward to your recap!

Rachel said...

you will do AMAZING! Can't wait to hear all about it.


Juli said...

Three weeks ago, I did the Top of Utah. Shon ran with me for the last 5 miles. It was our anniversary. I think it is the most romantic thing he has ever done (especially considering that he has bad knees.) Have a good time. I love the quote from Pres. Monson. Enjoy your bath. Are the kids coming to watch this year?

Kristy said...

Good luck!

deidra said...

What an awesome poster! Good luck!

Sharon C. said...

We will be thinking about both of you. You can do it -- you have done it before!!! Let us know how it goes.......

Alisa said...

enjoy your journey- Ill be thinking of you tomorrow!
Your incredible!

Jill said...

This is fantastic! I'm so excited for you to do this again, and to get to run with Jeff. What a hot date for you two!

The poster from the YW is awesome, how inspiring this must be for them.

I love your list and am excited to see what you end up writing on your feet and nail and to see your cute pink running outfit and stripped socks on your arms! Good luck!!!!!!!!!!!!

Lene said...

Go Kristi!

I am so happy for you and your goals.

Liz said...

Go Kristi, GO!!! You are going to rock tha marathon!

The 5 Bickies said...

I'll be thinking of you tomorrow! Have a great run, enjoy your husband, and I can't wait to hear all about it!

Holly said...

From your pits to the beads on your laces to the words on your feet, I think you have got it down.

I think it's beyond FAB that you and Jeff will do this together. I can't wait to hear about it!!

Will be sending you plenty of PINK happy thoughts tomorrow!!

Traci said...

good luck! how fun you and your husband doing this together!

Marla said...

you are going to have a great run!

tootie said...

I'm so excited for you! I think you covered everything on your list - especially since this is your second time around! (You're practically a pro by now :)

Just be the positive person that you are, and you are going to do awesome!!

Price Cream Parlor said...

YOU ARE A SUPERSTAR indeed! When I think that I cannot and will not ever run - I think of you! I need to get going!
Can't wait to see photos and hear about your adventure once again!

michelle said...

Good luck, Kristi! I am sure it will be an amazing experience for you this time around as well. I love all of your planning and can't wait to read the recap.

Run, Kristi, Run!!!

The monkey bunch said...

Congrats already. Just getting out there and training again is awesome. I am so glad your husband is doing it with you this time. It is so much fun with the person you love most right there with you! Have a blast.

Jennalee said...

Go Kristi Go!!! can't wait to hear how it are awesome! thanks for sharing yourself...

a fellow YW leader

Shawna B. said...

You haven't forgotten a thing. You are ready! Now RUN!

I love your idea of bringing the cash for the guy playing the music. I think I am going to borrow this idea for my next marathon and give it to a volunteer who really helped me out along the way. Absolutely terrific idea!

Go, go, go, go!!! I'll be cheering you on tomorrow from Utah, and sending lots of good wishes your way. Kristi, you are going to do great! I feel it in my bones.

wilsonliz said...

You've thought of everything! I hope you have a great time.
Word of advice, drink early and often...and next time, don't skimp on shoes. Your feet are the most important part of this expedition, besides your strong mind. Treat them well. :)