One week away …

A week from now I will be picking up my race packet and settling into my hotel room for the evening before getting up before the crack of dawn to run 26.2 miles.

And believe it or not, I’m not nervous at all.

That’s not to say that won’t change. But as of right now, I feel like I’ve done everything I possibly could to prepare for this day.

My outfit:

the best thing I’ve ever run in in my life – a great running skirt that Joe from TrySports picked out for me when I told him about my between-the-thighs chafing issues;

a long-sleeved Under Armour heat gear shirt;

a short-sleeved Believe Achieve tech tee, which is TrySports’ slogan. It’s because of them I feel ready for this, so I want to represent;

my brand-new Mizunos, which currently have 88 miles on them (it’s been recommended that they have 100 miles on race day, and I’ll be spot on!);

my Garmin watch;

the fuel belt Chris bought me before my half-marathon;

my iPod Shuffle (still need about 2 hours worth of music on it; suggestions for great running songs, anyone?); and

red and green washout hair dye (I mean, I can’t NOT do something for the holidays, and I’m not running for that many hours in costume!)

My nutrition:

Will eat the obligatory pasta dinner the night before the race (with red sauce, ew);

Will eat half a bagel with peanut butter about 3 hours before the race starts (yes, at 5 a.m.);

Will have a packet of GU chomps right before the starting gun goes off;

Will carry 3-4 Hammer Energy Gels in my fuel belt during the race (they will have GU Energy Gels at miles 16 and 20, and Powerade at all the water stops)

Will drink Hammer Recoverite after the race

My schedule:

Dinner at 5 p.m. (per Logan at TrySports’ recommendation)

In bed by 7 or 8 p.m. in my cozy bed at the Crowne Plaza , two blocks from the start line – and yes, I am getting my own room. No distractions from anybody;

Hope to sleep any amount at all

Up by 4:45ish

Eat at 5 a.m.

take hot shower

put hair dye in

Go freeze at the start line

Talk nervous talk to Kevin, who will be at the start line with me

Run for 26.2 miles

Eat/hydrate/cry (hopefully happy tears!) Mom, Dad, Jenn, Jeff, Colleen, Chris and Kevin will be there to cheer me in (yes, Kevin will beat me!). Having them there will be invaluable.

take a nap

go party

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That’s all I know for now. I do need to say a great big thank you to everyone for putting up with all my marathon talk the past few months. This will be one of the greatest accomplishments of my life, and it’s hard for me not to think about it every waking moment of every day. So thank you for not strangling me. And I promise after the race to talk about running less. Or at least, try to keep it to Daily Mile where all the other crazies are.