Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Past Stimey is at it Again

Oh, man. It's actually happening.

I think it might have been last June when Past Jean decided it would be a GREAT idea for Future (now Present) Jean to run a marathon. Past Jean is an asshole.

I have run sooooo many miles to train. I downloaded a training plan and I followed it to the mile. I ran my 20-mile training run on Christmas Eve and then I walked two miles home because Alex chose a video game over me and left his phone in the other room and therefore didn't get my text asking him to pick me up. Then my phone died so I couldn't call him. It's like Santa came early.

I have two miles to run tomorrow morning and two more on Saturday morning and then I toe up to the start line on Sunday. The marathon I am running is the Houston Marathon, so I leave for Houston tomorrow after work.

I felt pretty calm and confident about the whole thing right up until I started packing. Then I panicked. A marathon?! Oy. As my friend texted to me the other night, "You know that's, like, TWO half marathons, right?"


The reason I chose the Houston Marathon is because it is flat. And because my mom lives in Houston. Also, I wanted to run in the winter so it would be cool, but because it was in Houston, it would not be too cool.

You'll be happy to hear that it's going to be 75 degrees and humid on Sunday. Oh, and it'll be raining. This is not ideal for someone who has largely trained in 40-degree weather, also known as The Weather That Is So Cold Your Phone Battery Will Completely Drain Before You Have Time To Call Someone To Pick You the Fuck Up.

I've packed my tank top to run in. I'm bringing my Camelbak because it might be hot enough to need it. My shoes are in my backpack. I have my energy blocks for mid-race fueling and I have a grocery list made up of jam, peanut butter, and Snickers bars. I'm pretty sure I'm forgetting something absolutely fucking crucial,* but honestly, at a certain point all I can do is go out and run.

This is actually one of the best things about races. There is a lot of hoopla leading up to it and so much goes into it, but once you cross the starting line, all you can do is put one foot in front of the other and keep moving forward. That's what I'm going to do. For 26.2 miles.

I am unstoppable. I am unstoppable. I am unstoppable.

Then I am going to eat so many sopapillas and drink so many margaritas. I am going to be a total embarrassment to my family. It's going to be great.

You can follow along with my progress on the 15th if you want. You can track me on the Run Hou '17 app or on the race website. I'm bib number 14922. The local ABC station website will be showing live footage of the finish line until 1pm Houston time as will ESPN3. I plan to cross the finish line between 12:12pm and 12:25pm after running for more than five hours.

Actually it will be later than that because my corral will start substantially later than the 7am start time. I'll be taking a map of the route with me in case it takes me past the six-hour cut-off time to run the thing. It turns out that I slow down significantly after about 16 or 17 miles.

Here we go, people. Good luck, Five Days Hence Jean.

* Seriously, what did I forget?


  1. Go Jean Go!! You've got this.

    Things I sometimes forget - Compression socks and comfy shoes to support you post race or in your case while eating sopapillas & drinking margaritas? Body glide - can never have enough.



  2. You. Are. Unstoppabe! I'm so glad I will be watching and cheering you on. (No funny animal costumes though. Sorry.)

  3. You are unstoppable!! I am so happy I will be there to cheer you on. (Sorry, no adorable animal costume.)

  4. And I'm sorry I said that twice.

  5. You are one brave person... good luck!!!

  6. The fullest of forces! ROYGB with an extra P! I shall wear my chipmunk costume while I cheer from the comfort of my bed.

  7. Gooooood luck, Jean! I'll be cheering for you! while on the couch. ;)

  8. I forgot my sneakers once, as well as headphones. I second the body glide especially around half way through when you have sweated through the first application. Salty snacks help when it's hot - I would avoid snickers - they'll just melt. Best of luck. With that 20+ miler, the hay is in the barn. You'll do great.

  9. Jean, congrats in advance! This is a real accomplishment.

    Like Julie C said, those snickers will melt unless you freeze them first. Have you tried Kind bars? They have one with dark chocolate and nuts. Also, Larabar and Cliffs have some that are like pecan pie or carrot cake or brownies....

    Good to knock out some New Year's goals early.

  10. Just keep going forward! Not back! xoxo

  11. Yay, go Future Jean!!!

    Sunblock. You're going to be in the bright sun for 5-6 hours.

  12. Good Luck! Run fast-ish but not so fast you hurt something. Earn those sopapillas and margaritas.

    You've got this.


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