Thursday, April 29


In 3 days I'm running the Pittsburgh Marathon. It's my fifth marathon and hopefully my final attempt to qualify for Boston. I'm in the throes of some serious paranoid hypochondria--there's a pinched nerve in my back, my pinky toe hurt while I was swimming tonight, my nose is running and my throat is sore, my almost doctor sister diagnosed my foot with tendonitis via email and to top it all off, I need a pedicure. I know, it's serious. I should probably just quit while I'm ahead.

As an almost experienced marathon runner, I recognize the importance of having a cache of excuses to fall back on, just in case I don't achieve my goal. (WHICH I WILL. Or I won't But hopefully I will.) Sol is out of town this week, which adds to my mental insanity--I need someone to remind me of all the miles I've ran, and I how hard I have trained for this. I'm pretty sure I can do it--I just need to be reassured.

In an effort to avoid the... umm.... upset stomach that occasionally plagues me during long runs, I gave up Diet Coke as of 12:45 today. Yes, that's how serious I am about this race. I have not had a diet coke since yesterday afternoon. Hydration is my friend. I also didn't have ice cream last time I went to Chick-fil-a. WATCH OUT PITTSBURGH.

I don't think you can follow my race with text messages this time, but I did sign up for the race to magically tweet my splits. So if you periodically check in on the blog Sunday morning, you can see my progress in the twitter section of the sidebar. See, twitter is good for something!

And Sol--I'm really sorry there are no pictures here. Finley has been a whiny baby (although Copper cried more than Finn while I was swimming tonight) and hasn't allowed me to take any pictures of him. I think his molars are coming in and he misses his daddy. I miss his daddy too. Hurry home.


  1. Reminder: You have run a million miles training for this marathon.

  2. Best of luck, you can do it!!! You've run more miles than I will ever run in my life. Just remember that!

  3. Seriously Rach... you can do this!!!!!!!!!!!!! And besides, we need you to run Boston soon so we can be here to cheer you on and give you a place to stay. :)

    You have run a ton, you have prepared well... you can do it!!!


  4. Ditto what everyone has said. I know you can do this. Birthing Finley has given you a new edge! :) Can't wait to hear all about the race!

  5. It's simple: You are ready.

    So good to see you all this week. Please send your son to Jamaica at your earliest convenience. Every kid needs a little Bob Marley in his life.

    Can't wait to hear all about the race!

  6. I'll come run with you!!!

    Not really.

    But I know you can do it!!! Do the peanut butter m&m's at mile 25! I'm praying for your foot.

  7. First - banish the negative thoughts. they have no right to rent space in your head. You have prepared and are ready to rock Pittsburgh!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Second - no other runner will have as many cheerleaders as you will have.
    Run Rach Run!!

  8. Rachel - jusst think like the Little Engine That Could! You have worked so hard to make it to Boston - make it a reality on Saturday and run like the wind!

  9. go get 'em tiger...i really want to come to Boston to cheer you on!

  10. tough week ; ( it is no fun when mom feels like crap and baby is out of sorts and pal Copper has the blues. Sol guess you mean a lot to your little family. Rach, get some rest, and hydrate. Take it one day at a time and pamper yourself with the pedi.


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