Fah-reak-ing OUT!


Ok, deep breaths...DEEP breaths...phew. 2 days...less than 2 days. In 48 hours from now I will hopefully have crossed the finish line.

Now I can really start obsessing about the weather, too. Right now it looks like it will be ~51º at race start with nice 8mph winds and mostly cloudy skies. Hourly forecast for Milwaukee currently goes to 10am, so by midpoint of the race it will likely be about 5 degrees warmer. I could not have ordered better weather.

I'm mostly packed...have to do a bit more laundry and get DS packed, too (I have much of his stuff laid-out, just need to throw it in the bag).

Tomorrow AM I will get up and do an easy TWO miler (I can't recall the last time I only ran 2 miles...sheesh) before showering and heading to Milwaukee. It is gonna be COLD...I mean, relatively speaking. Only in the upper 30s. I think I will wear full-length tights and long sleeves. That's gonna feel weird.

Hopefully we will hit Milwaukee around 2pm local time. That way we can mill around at the expo for an hour before check-in time at the hotel, which is anytime after 3pm. Hopefully can touch base with a couple of RA people (one is running, the other pacing a friend for part of the race).

Anyone interested in stalking me on race day, my bib # is 638 and results will be posted online.  Right now I am anticipating finishing somewhere between 4:20 - 4:40.  We shall see how well my prediction pans out.


  1. So excited for you! All the work is going to pay off. Here's to an awesome run!!!

  2. Woo hoo!!!! You are finally here. I hope the completion of this journey is smooth and you have a great run out there!!!!

  3. Hi Kirsten, I just started reading your blog recently and I wanted to pop-in and say good luck on your race! I'm going to be running Milwaukee on Sunday too, and will likely finish around the same timeframe so maybe we'll bump into each other. My race # is 1504.

    Take it easy!

  4. Oh, Julie...that's so cool! And I see you are a Michgander, too! Safe travels to WI. I'll keep an eye out for you at the finish. I hope you have a fantastic race.


  5. As I've heard others say, the hay is in the barn, k, you've done all the hard work in your months of preparation for this race. YOU. ARE. READY. Now go out and enjoy your victory lap. We'll be thinking about and praying for you all weekend and through your race. Go get 'em, Zoomy!

  6. GOOD LUCK!!! i am so excited for you. enjoy every second and take in the post marathon high - there is nothing like it! cannot wait to read the race report!

  7. i'm pulling for you girl...i hope you have an awesome time popping your marathon cherry! :p lmao

    Seriously though, i couldn't be more proud of you- you stuck to this goal through the peaks and valleys, at a point when many would have thrown in the towel, you kept plugging along. Even if you never run a race of this distance again (which i doubt, i see many more in your future!), it will be worth it just for the experience of sticking to such a formidable challenge.

    Good luck, have fun and party like the rockstar you are!


  8. I just want to be one of the first of your online running pals to say congratulations, k! You are a MARATHONER my friend! You should be VERY proud of yourself and your accomplishment! Can't wait to hear about the experience from ya and pray you are ok.


  9. Hey, just wanted to say congratulations on your finish! Can't wait to hear all about it.

  10. congrats on the finish! You rock! Can't wait to hear all about it.

    You are my hero.

  11. Way to go Marathoner!! Congrats. Hope you are feeling okay.

    Don't know if you've seen this, but hopefully it will put a smile on your face: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m-hCuYjvw2I.

    Take it easy.

  12. Congratulations Kirsten!! Hope to hear all about it soon.

  13. Thank you ALL! Knowing so many were pulling for me really gave me a lot of mental "oomph" in the end, even when my legs weren't cooperating.