It’s Time

Well, this is it.  Here I am in Corning, New York, with just 14 hours to go until I try to qualify for Boston.

[matt start]

We drove up on Thursday night in my dad’s motorhome.  Four people and two dogs in something not much bigger than a van might not sound like much fun, but the accompanying motorhome trip is one of my favorite things about doing these races.  We even drove out to Arizona when I ran that marathon, and we had three dogs with us then!

[motorhome photo]

I did my “last-chance” workout today.  If I were on The Biggest Loser, that would mean carrying Jillian on my back, doing some leg presses with Bob sitting on the machine, or pretty much anything that could get me hurt and/or set a bad example for millions of viewers.  But I’m not on The Biggest Loser, so I just did an easy two miles with Erin in the morning to stay loose.

Then we hit the expo, which was sort of small but nice, and Erin picked up a new jacket.  I met Mel’s friend from, the sponsor.  And every marathoner got a half bottle of New York sparkling wine.  Hooray for whoever decided to call this thing the Wineglass marathon!  Hopefully my bottle will be consumed in celebration rather than in failure, agony, and depression.

[matt erin expo]

Just kidding, kind of.  I like to be optimistic but realistic.  There is a great chance I’ll qualify tomorrow.  There’s also decent chance I won’t.  I’m hanging my hat on the fact that I didn’t eat and drink nearly as much during my training runs as will be available tomorrow, so I’ll be able to go longer and stronger when my muscles are getting the right fuel.  True or not, I need some thought like this to give me confidence.

I have a pretty good idea of how the first half will go.  I should be able to keep up the 7:15 pace for that long without any problem whatsoever.  The part I’m unsure about is what will happen after that.

My plan is to run those first 13.1 miles as efficiently as possible, physically and mentally.  I really want to avoid those “Today is my day, I know it” thoughts, because the more excited I get early on, the more fatigued my brain will be at the end when I need it most.  I made this mistake in the Baltimore Marathon last year, but things are different now.  Back then, the 7:15 pace alone was enough to give me a rush of adrenaline; now I’m far more accustomed to it.  So I hope I can run that pace, enjoy the scenery, and stay relaxed.  Once I hit the halfway point, assuming all is well, I’ll let the adrenaline surge as much as it wants, and hopefully, take me to the end in under 3:10:59.

I can’t imagine how great it would feel to qualify.  I’ve envisioned it a lot in my head, but I’m sure that won’t come close to how the real thing feels.  And if I don’t qualify, I won’t be embarrassed or ashamed.  And no excuses.  I’ll take responsibility and start thinking about the next race to try again.

So that’s it.  That’s really all that’s going on in my head.  The weather looks good, so all that’s left is to get a good night’s sleep and to get out there and do it.

I want to say a quick thanks to Holly, who sent me a wonderful package of goodies on the day I left for New York.  Along with a really nice note, Holly sent me some fine organic chocolate, Clif Shot Blocks (which I like so much better than Gu’s and which I’m planning to eat during the race tomorrow), and my favorite, fully-caffeinated Caribou Coffee.  Getting this package and reading the note really made me smile; it’s so neat when I realize that this blog world is actually the real world.  Thanks Holly, for making my day!

[holly note]

[holly gifts]

Holly sent me the note to thank me for helping her get her new site set up, and that was actually what inspired me to start Health Blog Helper.  And wouldn’t you know it, Holly is going to be interviewed this Monday as part of Health Bloggers Dish, the series Alison is doing on Health Blog Helper.  So check that out on Monday!

Also, Holly is running the Twin Cities Marathon tomorrow, so wish her luck!

Alright I’m outta here; gotta eat and hit the sack.  Hope to bring back some good news tomorrow!



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  1. Hi – I’ve been following your block for awhile but have yet to comment. Now seems like an ideal time to do so!

    Good luck tomorrow! I am really excited for you. The amount of time and dedication you’re put into your training is so inspiring…although it’s clear you’re prepared to qualify, you also DESERVE to qualify (and shouldn’t that be enough!?).

    Anyway, good luck again, I am really gunning for you!

  2. Good luck! Keep your chin up and think of how far you’ve come, even if you don’t qualify for Boston(But let’s get serious, you’re totally going to rock it out and will :-))
    .-= Evan Thomas´s last blog ..Whoopie In The Dorm Room =-.

  3. Thinking of you tomorrow! I can’t wait to see how you do. Good luck! 🙂
    .-= Lindsey @ Sound Eats´s last blog ..And the winner is… =-.

  4. Best of luck! I’ll be thinking about you and I even plan to wear my NMA t tomorrow in honor of your race! Rock it!
    .-= Erica´s last blog ..50:48 =-.

  5. Hello!

    I just started following your blog! Good luck in the marathon tomorrow!


  6. Good luck, Matt! You are ready for this – you’re going to do great!

  7. Best of luck tomorrow!! It sounds like you’ve got the right attitude and an excellent plan.
    .-= Daria @ Daria Can Cook´s last blog ..Experimental Kitchen Love =-.

  8. Hey Matt! I’m a first time commenter… I’ve been following your training and am so excited for you! You are such an inspiration and I really hope you BQ tomorrow! Good luck!
    .-= Jamie´s last blog ..Bike & Pre-Race Fueling Confusion =-.

  9. You are in our thoughts…you have so much to be proud of and we are sure you’ll be great!!

  10. Best of luck tomorrow! You will do a great job.

  11. good luck!!! you’re very prepared… i see good things happening tomorrow… or is today already? sheesh, i should get to bed!
    .-= Shannon´s last blog ..Nature’s Pride =-.

  12. GOOD LUCK!!!!
    .-= Elizabeth´s last blog ..Local Tropical Treat =-.

  13. I literally LOL’d at your description of The Biggest Loser!

    Best of luck today! You are going to rock!
    .-= Angie´s last blog ..Countdown to Long Beach-7 Days! =-.

  14. Good luck!!! I can’t wait to read your recap!
    .-= MelissaNibbles´s last blog ..Make It Rain! =-.

  15. You did it…congratulations!

  16. Good Luck Matt!!!! i’m cheering you on from good ol Michigan! 🙂
    .-= Lizzy´s last blog ..i need a veggie with a side of fruit =-.

  17. I just noticed your twitter update! Congrats on qualifying for Boston!! You even had a minute to spare!
    .-= Krista´s last blog ..My longest run yet… =-.

  18. saw your tweet, CONGRATS!!! very speedy time! you are making my next training plan 😉

    lol about your ‘last chance’ workout. i think taking an easy-2 miles was a better decision.
    .-= lindsay´s last blog ..keys to success =-.

  19. Heard you qualified – congratulations!!
    .-= Lori´s last blog ..Sunday eats =-.

  20. I saw your time on Twitter too! Actually, I heard you BQ’d at the Oh She Glows blogger meet up today, one of the ladies their saw your time and told us you did it! Congrats and I’m psyched for the race recap!
    .-= Alison´s last blog ..Momcation Sunday =-.

  21. Congratulations!

  22. Wishing you lots of luck!!
    .-= VeggieGirl´s last blog ..Back To My Roots =-.

  23. Congrats…just read you qualified over on healthy tipping point!! Awesome!!
    adventures in tri-ing
    .-= Courtney´s last blog ..Brother/Sister Bootcamp! =-.

  24. I found your blog through Healthy Tipping Point and wanted to congratulate you! I am running Boston for the 3rd time this year, never qualified, always for charity, but it is AMAZING!
    .-= Meghan@traveleatlove´s last blog ..Sunday Ole Sunday =-.

  25. I caught your results on Caitlin’s blog and wanted to give you a virtual shout-out, CONGRATS to you!

    I qualified this year, too!

    Ahem, I’m older, so I qualified with my 3:28 time in the Mayor’s Marathon this June in Anchorage, AK.

    Am dreaming, but also working (really hard) on getting a 3:20 at Boston. You raced a phenomenal pace and grabbed a superb time. Way to go!
    .-= Dee´s last blog ..Day 119: O.B.A.M.A. dog =-.

  26. here i was waiting in suspense, and i see that YOU QUALIFIED!!!!!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!!

    that is so amazing, and i salute my hat to you. thank you so much for the shoutout and the good luck wishes – i finished in 4:13.48 (check out the blog for the full recap), which i could not be MORE pumped about.

    yayyyyy can’t wait to gchat about our respective marathon accomplishments!
    .-= Holly´s last blog ..26.2 miles? check. =-.

  27. GOOD LUCK MATT! I know it’s all over now, so GOOD LUCK handling whatever the outcome was! Rachel
    .-= Rachel´s last blog ..Let’s Go Halfsies: 10/4/09 =-.

  28. Oh I guess I should have checked your Tweets! OMG CONGRATSSSSS!!!
    .-= Rachel´s last blog ..Let’s Go Halfsies: 10/4/09 =-.

  29. Good luck!! I know you’ll do awesome!
    .-= april´s last blog ..Google Reader =-.

  30. Just heard over on Healthy Tipping Point that you QUALIFIED!! woo-hoo, congratulations! That is so awesome and amazing 🙂
    .-= EatingRD´s last blog ..Hitting the Wall =-.

  31. Just saw on HTP you qualified – that’s SO AWESOME!!! CONGRATS!! You must be on cloud 9 🙂

  32. CONGRATULATIONS!!!! All the hard work and awesome cooking paid off!
    .-= Amber Shea (Almost Vegan)´s last blog ..Almost vegan in the air =-.

  33. Congratulations! What a great accomplishment! I hope you enjoyed that half bottle of wine!
    .-= Lisa´s last blog ..Sneakers in the Suitcase =-.

  34. Oh my God, Congratulations! That is a huge accomplishment that you qualified. Can’t wait for your next post 🙂

  35. Yayyyyy Matt, congratulations!! You are such an inspiration!!
    .-= Veggie Runnr´s last blog ..Purely Decadent =-.

  36. Way to go that is awesome!! So great!!!
    .-= natalie´s last blog ..Preparation is Key =-.

  37. Congratulations!!!!!! I’m so excited for you! I can’t wait to read the recap.

  38. Heard you did very well! Congrats, and thanks for being an inspiration to veggie runners everywhere!
    .-= Nobel4Lit´s last blog ..Clif Builder’s Bars – Updated =-.

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