Friday, December 11, 2009

last post before 26.2!

running inspiration
i hope everyone enjoyed this completely running-obsessed week on ghost world! don't worry, i'll be back to writing about a more balanced (ie: random) mix of things next week. it's been fun, though, to devote a series of posts to one of my favorite hobbies. i think it's only fitting to end with a list.

what i love about running

seeing how peaceful the world is at 7 AM as the sun rises
getting to crank and MOVE to my favorite tunes with absolutely no shame
that i do it 100% FOR ME
putting together training plans
racing in fun places
the wonderful euphoric feeling that follows nearly every run
those moments on the run when it just feels effortless
getting time to think, and often having good mental clarity and perspective while striding away
the way brunch tastes after a weekend long run
amazing people that i've met through running
seeing myself improve with training
the online running/blogging community!

YES that means you! thank you all for reading, commenters and silent lurkers alike. i know i will be thinking of all of you -- runners especially -- as i attack the final miles of the race. as in: "can't give up! what would aron/marathonmaiden/jess/felice/susan/kath/jenny/siobhan/chelsea/hjlongmo/lee/whit and everyone else who might see this do?"

you'd dig deep and tear up the pavement, of course. running bloggers (and readers!) are determined, strong, and truly badass.

i've said it before, but i can't express how much i really do appreciate all of your kind words and sage advice. YOU ARE AWESOME! and, i can't believe that the next time i write it will be a race report.

PS: speaking of the blogging community, whitney will be running the marathon as well (her first!) and michelle will be demolishing the half! best of luck to both, and i hope i can find you at the race.

obligatory charlotte weather report
still looking good.

although, looking at those morning temps: BRRR! what's up with the sub-freezing, NC? my hat and gloves may actually stay on for once!

winner winner chicken dinner
gluten-free chicken dinner, that is. because the winner of the planner giveaway is a. marlow from gluten hates me!

this makes me happy, because

a) i've met ms. marlow in person and she is AWESOME
b) i don't have to ship the package -- she lives here.
c) i know she will use it well
d) this gives me an excuse to hang out with her!

to those who didn't win, don't worry -- i'm sure there will be more paper-based giveaways in the new year!



workout: LAST pre-race run (although last night i dreamed i ran today and was upset that i wouldn't have fresh legs for the race. crazy much?). total = 5 miles, average 8:42/mi. middle 'race pace' miles were run at 8:38/mi average, although i think my true race pace will be closer to the 8:45/mi mark.

doin' time: no cooking, but between clinic and some actual WORK on my research project, i managed to sneak in a super fun lunch with jessica at watts grocery! come to think of it, i've now eaten there 3 times in the past week (applicant dinner, brunch and yesterday lunch). so far, it's been EXCELLENT every time! definitely one of my favorite durham estabishments.

i got the butternut squash salad, which was a delicious pile of fresh baby greens and arugula topped with candied pecans, butternut squash cubes, and bleu cheese.

photo courtesy of jessica's camera.

of course, i asked for a side of bread. needed some CARBS! jessica also send me home with more carbs in the form of homebaked white chocolate cranberry cookies. josh and i enjoyed them greatly.


  1. Anonymous8:54 AM

    you take really great running pictures :)

    i feel the same way about every reason you love running too. good luck with the race, can't wait to read how you kicked it's butt!!

  2. Anonymous9:00 AM

    Good luck Sarah!

  3. Have a fantastic run tomorrow! Fantastic lunch with you too :) Was thinking too last night that if we need a place to hold the upcoming blogger potluck, I am happy to host.

  4. After reading your post, I thought about all of the things I love about swimming. And fifteen minutes ago I would have said that it was just a placeholder while I heal my running injury! Thanks for the pick-me-up, Sarah, and good luck with your race.

  5. If I don't talk to you again, GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!

  6. First:Great running picture and good luck tomorrow! You're going to do great!
    Second: Yay!! I'm so excited that I won the planner!! And that we get to hang out again soon :)

  7. Good luck tomorrow!!!!!! You're going to be awesome. Can't wait to hear all about it!

  8. GOOD LUCK TOMORROW!!!!!! Can't wait to read the recap! You are going to ROCK.

  9. Anonymous10:44 AM

    GOOD LUCK! You're prepared, enjoy it!

  10. eeeeek! I can't wait. IT IS SO COLD HERE! What's up Charlotte?!?!?

  11. go sarah - go sara - go sarah - you'll do great!

  12. Have a great race!

    Looking forward to your badass race recap :-)

  13. Maggie K11:54 AM

    Good luck! Hope you have fun and have a great race. I've really enjoyed reading your blog and your training reports as I recently ran my first (and hopefully not last) marathon in November. And, I'm an NP and love reading a blog by a fellow medical professional. Have a wonderful run!

  14. have a GREAT race out there girl!!! stay strong, stay focused, YOU CAN DO THIS!! ill be thinking about you :)

  15. Good luck Sarah!! You're going to be awesome and I'll be thinking about you! Hopefully my mental thoughts can pull you through a few miles. Good luck good luck good luck and I can't wait to hear about it!

  16. Anonymous1:30 PM

    Good luck!! Keep moving forward and staying postive. At least to cold will distract you from running. What is up with these cold temps???? Can't wait to read all about it. You are going to rock it!!

  17. We'll be thinking about you too! Good luck and I can't wait for your RR!

  18. Good luck Sarah!

  19. I've loved reading all about your months of training, awesome runs, playlist making, and everything marathon related (plus the rest of your life!) and I know those 26.2 miles are going to go so well! Good luck tomorrow and I cannot wait to read all about it!

  20. atilla12:04 AM

    best of luck in the marathon

  21. Good luck and have an awesome time, Sarah!