Friday, May 11, 2012


TGIF,  what feels like the slogan on my childhood. I love Fridays, almost as much as I love coffee. Last night I got a late start on my 6 miles, but in the end I got it done. I am working on keeping a nice even pace and not hurting myself.  Portland RnR is just 8 days away and I want to be able to complete the race and maybe even get a PR. I tend to run better with bigger crowds so I am hoping this might help. 

Speaking of Portland RnR there is lot of talk of a blogger meet up. I know that I will be heading to Voodoo Donuts post race. Since I am slow it will be some time after noon. If you see me don't be afraid to come up and say hello! I promise I won't bite, but I am terrible with remembering names so please don't be offended if I give you a blank stare at first.

Last year, at this time I was nervous scared and on the verge of tears at any  moment. It was 2 days before my first ever half. Now, here I am a year later preparing for my 5th half in one week. I never thought I would run a half and as I prepare for #5 I am still nervous as heck. At what point does the fear of failure go away. Right now my issues are less about the race and more about the logistics of it all. This is the first time I am travelling for a race not waking up in my own home. Eeek, I am sure it will all be ok, but I am sure I will make several list and then over pack.

Any tips for travelling for a race? What is on you must pack list?


  1. You are going to have a great time! I always pack my pre-race breakfast so that my body functions the way it is supposed to. The nerves will always be there, at least that is true for me:)

  2. Have fun and make sure to pack food, you never know what is going to be available where you are.

  3. Sorry can't help you with the tips but I do offer good luck wishes and of course I can't wait to hear all about it...Last time I was in Portland we stopped in at Voodoo donuts but the line was sooooooo long we had to leave before we acquired any of the deliciousness!

  4. Good luck! You're going to do great! Better to overpack than to not have what you need :)

    My 2 tips are take your own pre-race food and if you fly use a carry on for your running clothes/stuff. The fear of lost luggage!

    My experience is the fear of failure lessens a little but never totally goes away.

  5. You have to pack dry clothes to change important to have a DRY and WARM drive home..even down to new socks or just do flip flops so your feet can breathe and stretch. ;-)

    Way to go to be running your 5th...After my second I keep going back and forth in my head thinking 10 mile races is enough..that extra 3 always gets me. Or I just need to keep working harder.

    Have fun!

  6. Have a great race! Bloggy meet ups are so fun- hope that works out! Yes, I second what everyone else has said- familiar food, and outfits for all sorts of weather, just in case. :)

  7. Definetly pack your prerace food! Hotel we were at didn't have breakfast this weekend, thankfully I took something! Have a great race!

  8. I am looking forward to Portland! I got my Corral earlier today and have started packing! Hopefully I will see you there. I hadn't heard about the blogger meet up but would love to go. :-)