Friday, November 5, 2010

Preparations

Here it is, the day before my first 50K.  I am feeling excited, nervous and ready to go.  I am almost done with preparations, and then I'll be hitting the road this afternoon around 4:15.

Here is what weather.com says for tomorrow:


Hmmm....now here's the thing.  I will not worry about the weather, because what good will that do, right?  So, in an effort to feel like I am doing everything in my power to not let the weather get to me, I am pretty much bringing every piece of winter run gear I have.


So, maybe not everything, but pretty darn close.  In case you were wondering, that is 1 pair of running tights, 1 pair of capri running tights (I am forever hopeful), 5 shirts of various weights, 5 pairs of socks (3 wool, 1 lightweight, 1 compression), 1 vest, 3 long sleeve pullovers of various weights, 1 wool beanie, 1 visor, 1 pair of running gloves and 2 pairs of shoes, plus my clothes to change into after the race.  Not pictured is a wind jacket, a fleece beanie, another pair of running gloves that I bought last minute today in case it is raining tomorrow and I want to change them and a cowbell (you never know when you might need a little cowbell!).  The run is five 10k loops, so I can change every lap if I so desire.

Weather, hear me now....BRING IT ON!!!

I also had the requisite race dream last night.  The dream race was actually an epic bike race.  In typical dream fashion, I was late, despite the fact that I was late, I stopped into Starbucks to go to the bathroom, when I finally get to the start I realize that instead of my bottle holder cage, I have the baby seat that goes on the back of the bike.  Then I realize I left all of my nutrition back at the hotel.  There was something else involving school buses, but I can't quite remember that part.  Ben was with me every step of the way encouraging me and making the most of the situation - at least there is one part of the dream that I can definitely count on coming true!!

Every day I've been watching this awesome video to get pumped up and excited to race.



The ipod is charged up and ready to go with a specially made play list just for this race.  I might not need to use it, but I am bringing it, just in case.  Here's my playlist - a lot of inspiration, a little bit of motivation.


Clearly, I have broad tastes in music.  I find that when I have to dig deep, only favorites will do.

And, lastly, my friends at the Y surprised me today (and totally made me cry) with a beautiful good luck card and a balloon that will definitely be gracing my rest station tomorrow.



Seriously!!  I am so blessed!  On the bottom of the card it says, "We create our tomorrows with what we dream today."

My goal for tomorrow is to dig deep and to be a light that shines onto the beautiful people that will be with me, both in body and spirit.  Thank you!!

16 comments :

  1. Wow- looks like a Saucony store at your house! That is awesome that you can change clothes every 10K if you want. You will rock it!

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  2. You've got this Kelly!

    There is no such thing as bad weather, only poorly prepared athletes, but it looks like you've got that nailed.

    Take lots of pictures for the race report! Good luck and have a blast.

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  3. You are SO READY! Dreams do come true. 'SEE you" on the other side!!!

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  4. I'll be thinking of you tomorrow....go get 'em!

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  5. You're going to crush it. Can't wait to hear about it!!

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  6. A running fashion show-I love it!!! I will be thinking about you!

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  7. Don't worry about the weather, it will be what it will be, and you will still do awesome!!

    That is so sweet of your friends to give you that balloon and card! I think I would have started to cry too!

    I'm so excited for you for your race and can't wait to read all about it! Good luck, good luck, good luck!!

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  8. You totally rock! You are well prepared and the prerequisite bad dream is out of the way so go kill it and have a blast! Can't wait to hear all about it.

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  9. What a great surprise to get and a terrific message.

    The weather you can't control so you are correct in not worrying about it and only focus on what you can control and that is ALL those clothes.

    You are prepared and you will do great.

    Positive vibes being sent your way.

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  10. You are so gonna rock it girl!!! So excited for you, what an accomplishment it will be!

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  11. Yay! Best of luck tomorrow! Can't wait to hear all about it!!!

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  12. Wow, tomorrow's the big day! Be safe and have fun! A little bit of rain/snow can be quite delightful to run in with the right gear!

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  13. Have a fantastic run & shine, shine, shine!

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  14. Can't wait to hear all about the race! I know you will do well, and will have a smile on your face the entire time.

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  15. Good luck tomorrow...you will do great!

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Woo-hoo!! I want to hear from you!

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