I have been in freakout mode pretty much all day today. It started with my friend’s dog getting sick. (he’ll be ok. Apparently ingested something toxic) Duncan sent him a note on Facebook…

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I went to the NYC Marathon Expo on my lunch break to get my bib and shirt. I cried again. But this year my tears were happy tears. Sometimes I just have to take a step back and realize how lucky I am. I mean, this is one of the World Marathon Majors! And this will be my second time running!

photo 1Run happy!

photo 2I bumped into this girl which was really exciting.

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International event = Welcome in lots of languages

I hit up the pace table and confirmed that both the 4:45 and the 5:00 pacers will be just a few corrals behind me. So Sunday morning I’ll decide which one to stick with (or at least start out with). While I don’t have a time goal I know I’m capable of a 4:48 marathon and I just want to beat my 2011 NYC Marathon time of 5:28. So that’s a big gap. We shall see.

I went back to work and tried to relax. I just kept saying “Take a chill pill Sally!”.

Meanwhile I went to my mailbox yesterday and this was in there:

runner girl magnet

runner girl magnet

No, not the doodle, the car magnet. It’s an exact replacement of the Runner Girl magnet that became a casualty at the car wash I mentioned back in this post. One of my loyal readers and FaceBook friends sent it to me as a birthday gift. How cool right?! Thanks Valerie!!!

Question: Any great suggestions for handling nerves? 


  1. No great suggestions for nerves, but a great big cheer for my new favorite blogger, Sally! Just discovered your blog recently, but it has fast become one of my favorites. GOOD LUCK, you will do awesome.

  2. The first idea I had for settling nerves is: run! But I don’t think that will help before 26.2 miles… On second thought, just remember how awesome you will feel tomorrow no matter what time you clock in.

    I’m new here to your blog, but I already can’t wait to keep following your runs- starting with tomorrow 😉 Good luck and Go out and get it 😉

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