How are you?
(I had every intention of getting this up earlier today, but it just didn’t happen.)
So, yep, I’m in DC. It’s a bit chilly here friends. Seriously. Right now I have a few minutes and am huddled in my bed with my Mizuno Compression pants on sipping some tea and Beavis, I can’t get warm. I’m a little worried about tomorrow. I wonder if I should run in a full body suit. Hmmm….
Started carbing up on the way to the airport yesterday.
Oops. A little too close for a selfie. Ha ha.
Speaking of carbs, I mentioned that I brought some with me in my last post. I choose the easiest ones to pack of course.
and a no grain plantain cupcake loaf (just doubled the recipe).
I was a little worried how they’d do on the flight in my small carry on bag.
Okay so not so small. More like 4 bags in one, but fit like a glove under the seat. Ha ha.
One in flight picture just because I took it.
Well, my baked goodies made it and I was back to my usual travel antics last night once I finally got to the hotel.
Yep. I picked up a quick dinner from downstairs and then did the whole pajama eating in bed while watching Modern Family reruns. Friday nights are getting crazy.
Purple Pro Compression (I wore them for the flight too) to go with my purple sweet potato.
This morning we were up bright and early to meet the rest of the Runner’s World Challenge crew for a little shake out run.
I’m not going to lie, I totally felt like I was part of the cool club meeting the Runner’s World staff in the lobby to catch a cab to the run. Just trying to fit in. Ha.
Obviously I noticed pretty quickly that a couple of us had great taste in running footwear.
Runner’s World had a cute little set up with some treats for the challengers at the meeting place.
Oh, hey, look who I just happen to bring with me in my pocket for the run. And he had the nerve to beg for snacks before we even started running. Funny guy.
Dang, it was cold out there. I was very thankful I decided to wear three layers and that I got these BioGear BG5000 compression pants from Mizuno just the other day.
They were a life saver this morning
and right now actually since I’m currently still wearing them.
It was cold, but man was a beautiful morning.
Oh hey, you know, just hanging with David Willey, Runner’s World editor-in-chief, Mark Remy, author of the always entertaining Runner’s World column “Remy’s World” and Megan, Runner’s World reporter while waiting for the real Bart Yasso to show up.
I also met the nicest fellow RW Challenger Susie who’s running tomorrow.
Bart got there and I’m pretty sure he was excited about my little coach friend I brought along,
Then he gave us one of his welcome talks.
See. He was cold too.
Jen Van Allen, who is seriously amazing and takes care of every single person who is a part of the Runner’s World Challenge (from the first time marathoners to the experienced speedy ones), gave us some motivational words of wisdom also.
Oh and before we took off on our run, I found my long lost pal Robert (attempting to chase him down the entire race last year at the Runner’s World Half Marathon got me a PR).
If I feel up to it, I might try to chase him down tomorrow too, but I doubt it. He’s darn fast.
We set out for three miles.
You’ll have to excuse the black spots in the pictures. My hands were barely functioning and there was no way that glove was coming off.
David Willey was kind enough not only to stop and take a picture with me during our run, but to also point out all the amazing historical spots along the route. I learned a lot in just 30 short minutes.
WE made it back and I had to take another picture with both my coaches together.
I’ll recap the rest of the day later, but since I was supposed to post this about 7 hours ago, I’ve leave it at that.
Right now it’s time to make sure I have a plan of action for tomorrow, get out my race outfit and get some shut eye.
One thing David Willey told me earlier today was that last year he ran this race on emotion, rather than long training runs. It’s the only race he’s done like that, but he said it was an awesome experience.
I have a lot of things to run on and for tomorrow……
but I have a really strong feeling that my overwhelming emotions of just being here (I’ve already almost cried like 5 times) and being physically able to run, to live my dream, to praise the Man above, to have this opportunity to give it my all for my main men and the rest of the family that have made sacrifices for me to be here……
will be my driving force.
I don’t care about my time at this point. I just want to finish and be able to say that I’m back in it. I want to show hip dysplasia who’s boss. It can slow me down, but it can’t stop me.
As Jen Van Allan said earlier today to all of us challengers, it doesn’t matter what the time clock says, when you cross that finish line you will forever be a marathoner. It’s your victory lap to celebrate all the miles you’ve done this far.
Time to celebrate. Time to conquer weekend number two of STUFT Mezamashii Month.
Let’s do this MCM Marathon.
Good luck to everyone else racing out there. Give it your all.
And heck, if you’re not racing, well, just give life your all.
I’ll see you on the other side friends.