As I head into Grand Rapids Marathon weekend, I'm looking for a little extra motivation. I received some in my email this morning from race director Don Kern who wrote:
"The Time Has Come!
The awesomeness meter is about to go off the scale! And it's all YOUR FAULT!! You're ready. You've trained. You're totally up for this!
Looking forward to seeing all of you.
Remember to have FUN out there!
See you at Finish Line.
and the adventure continues....
Race Director, Metro Health Grand Rapids Marathon"
I'm also planning to wear some motivation:
Everyone who has committed to "running" a mile with me will have their names written on one of those bracelets sharing space with my RoadID. Here's who is running with me so far:Mile 1 - The Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans
Mile 2 - Elaine
Mile 3 - Meg (dancindeac) & Tirah
Mile 4 - Brooke
Mile 5 - Beki (running her 5th 1/2 marathon of the year) & Melissa
Mile 6 - Angie
Mile 7 - Jen B
Mile 8 - my kids and hubby
Mile 9 - Jaime & McLittle & Barb R
Mile 10 - Thea (who will be running her first 1/2 marathon on Sunday!)
Mile 11 - Lani (armytbonegirl)
Mile 12 - Mel (who will also physically BE at mile 12 cheering!!!)
Mile 13 - Erin
Mile 14 - Andrea and Mendie
Mile 15 - Kim
Mile 16 - Ashley
Mile 17 - Laura P
Mile 18 - Ann G
Mile 19 - JenIRL
Mile 20 - Lisa M & Colleen
Mile 21 - My Race Ragz
Mile 22 - Roo
Mile 23 - Ben
Mile 24 - Megan (who is running her first 1/2 marathon - at Grand Rapids too!)
Mile 25 - Kirsten
Mile 26.2 - All Mine
As you can see, there are a few miles left unclaimed. Go ahead and take one! If your favorite number is already taken - no problem. The miles are long (especially all those after the 1/2 way point!) so if you want to share, I'm cool with that. Just leave a comment and claim your spot :-)
Watch twitter Sunday morning - I've signed up for the on-course tweets of my progress. Don't be surprised if I don't tweet back until I'm finished though. The weather looks a bit dicey, so my phone will probably stay safely sealed in a ziplock until after the race. Who know, though. I might feel compelled to tweet a photo or two. You know me. I loves me some twitter!
Thank you again to everyone who has helped me get this far. Next time I post, I'll be a Marathoner!