Action 480 – Wait By The Phone.

On Sunday, I will be running 26.2 miles in the Pasadena Marathon. And I am absolutely confident that I will be motivated the entire way. But I am also only human, and I am open to the idea that I may have a mile or two where I really struggle. That’s where all of my friends come in. I need you folks to each make a call. Meanwhile, I’ll be right here.

Action 480 – Wait By The Phone.

I am asking everyone to call my Google Voice number (619.630.4328) between now and Thursday and leave me a brief message cheering me on. On Thursday evening, I will download all the messages and add them to my iPod Shuffle so they will play randomly between my running songs during the race. One minute I’ll be rocking out to Pink or Disturbed, the next minute I’ll hear your voice encouraging me to get after it!

You aren’t sure what to do? No problem. I’ll give you a scenario. Imagine that you are standing near mile 20 on the course and you see me about to run by you. You have just a moment as I approach and then pass you, so you have to make it count. What do you yell to me as I come by?

Run, John! Run!

You trained for this. You can do this. Go, John!

Semper Fi, Brother. Almost there!

Whatever you feel like saying, go for it. You can say whatever you want, as long as it isn’t a ten minute message extolling the virtues of sleeping in, walking, or lounging around. *laughing*

I did this once before, and I can’t possibly explain how much it means to me to hear from my friends and family while I’m out there running. Your words inspire and motivate me, and I feel like you’re right there with me.

So, pick up that phone and call now. I’m standing by waiting for your call! (Well, the call is going immediately to my Google Voice mail, but you get the idea.)

Thanks, everyone. You’ll all be with me as I complete this milestone.


Action 479 – Drink My Last Diet Soda.

Oh, this one is not cool. I drink a lot of water each day already, but I am making the full shift after tonight. For the rest of the week, until the marathon, I will not be indulging in my once-or-twice-daily treat.

Action 479 – Drink My Last Diet Soda. And tonight, I will.

I spent some time researching the effects of diet soda on the body, specifically the effect on running performance. What I found was a lot of “it’s just bad” opinions and very little documentation. So I don’t know that there is any real science to support the idea that diet sodas negatively affect runners.

But I do know that water is more refreshing in large quantities, and that’s my big priority this week. Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate!

So, for now, it’s goodbye, Coke Zero. I’ll miss ya!

Action 478 – Stay Up Late… Again.

I know, I know. So much for being perfect this week. I know I should be getting a full night’s sleep, but I really have had to balance my need for sleep with my need to spend time with my husband after being apart all weekend.

Action 478 – Stay Up Late… Again.

Tomorrow I’ll go to bed early, but tonight my husband is working until 11pm. If I want to see him at all, I need to stay up. I’ll pack my workout bag and have everything ready for my 5am trip to the gym. And I will try to be asleep my midnight. But tonight, I need time with the husband more than I need to sleep.

Meh, it’s a balancing act.

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Action 477 – Make Them All Count.

I’m down to the last few days before I run the marathon, and that raises the stakes on each of the last actions. I’m confident that the past 90+ days have been good for me, and I want to finish strong.

Action 477 –  Make Them All Count.

This week, I won’t be introducing anything new. I’ll stick to foods I know and eat regularly, so I won’t have any worries about nutrition. Physically, I’m planning a short run on Tuesday and Thursday, and I may run again on Friday if I feel like it. I want to feel loose and ready to run on Sunday.

I have been hyper-focused on this marathon for more than three months. Mentally, I think the next few days will seem a bit of a blur. But emotionally, I think I will be a bit overwhelmed by the time Sunday gets here. It’s a lot to process, all that has led me to this point.

Spiritually, I feel like I am in a good place. With the help of very generous friends, I have managed to turn this all-about-me marathon project into a chance to make a real difference for other people. That feels pretty great.

All that said, I will not coast this week. I will work just as hard as I have all the weeks before. I will be ready.

Action 476 – Return Recharged.

It was a fantastic weekend, and I’m leaving Austin grateful for having come. Uncles and Aunts, cousins, my mother and my grandfather… so much family in the same place at the same time. It was amazing. But being away from home, work and my routine was a pretty big shake-up. It was tough to stay focused on my plan while hanging out and having fun with family. Still, there is a definite upside.

Action 476 – Return Recharged.

And I am. With only a few days to go, I’m back and ready to see this through. And I’m actually looking forward to tomorrow morning’s run.

It’s on.

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