And We’re Off!

Holy smokes, tomorrow is race day!  Like it or not, I am running a marathon tomorrow.  Today my friend Kim and I are taking off on a 7 hour long road trip to Duluth, MN.

I might not be as prepared as last time but I am excited for race weekend.

When we planned this trip out back in December, we  assumed our schedules were the same as last year.  However, we failed to realize that we still had classes going in NYC.  That meant Rock had to stay in NYC and I headed back to the Midwest with the baby and dog.

The race had already been paid for, the room had already been booked and was non-refundable, and I had agreed to a weekend with Kim anyway.


Quick shakeout run this morning with my favorite little girl!

My amazing parents came to Chicago and are watching Mary and Louie, the dog, for the weekend.

I am having major mom guilt.  Being away from Mary for 48 hours for the first time, might prove to be more difficult than running 26.2 miles.  I feel a bit awful about leaving her to go run a race.  I was really looking forward to our family being up in Duluth together.

But we are going to make the best of our girls weekend and I am already excited about finishing and having that margarita that Kim promises!

I am of course taking advantage of road trip snacks.  Somehow Cool Ranch Doritos have been my go-t0 snack during marathon training.  I’m totally rolling with it and not looking back.  I also made sure to stock up on my hydration for the trip.



Sort of kidding.  I picked up a few bottles of my favorite Prosecco to share with my mom, a bottle for us to celebrate with and one to share with Rock for Father’s Day.  If you like Prosecco, I highly recommend Cielo.  At only $9.99 a bottle, it is incredibly crisp and refreshing.  Add a squeeze of lime and it feels almost like a sparkling margarita.


Send your good running vibes.  Let me know how to handle missing my girl.  And a Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there.  A very special Father’s Day to Rock, who is absolutely the most wonderful father.  Mary and I are both so incredibly lucky.  Thanks, babe!

17 thoughts on “And We’re Off!

  1. Good luck! You’re going to be amazing. Most of all…HAVE FUN!!!!!!! As for the mom guilt – remember you HAVE to take care of you, refill your bucket, to be able to be the best momma you can be. An empty bucket can’t pour out. She will be a better child, a better mother her own self someday, if she sees you being more than “just mom”, watches you put yourself first sometimes. It is hard though. Hugs!

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