Jasmine 4 Days Out from Pittsburgh!

See that. That's my serious Ethiopian face. We just opened the ethopean coffee at my office last week. I might not drink coffee, but it helped get me back into the badass running spirit. See that. That’s my serious Ethiopian face. We just opened the Ethiopian coffee at my office last week. I might not drink coffee, but it helped get me back into the badass running spirit. Sunday is the Pittsburgh Marathon. The elite lineup was sent out on Wednesday and, well, it was exciting and terrifying. I’m seeded eleventh behind the Kenyans, Ethiopians, last year’s winner, and a bunch of women who made the olympic trials.  I’m starting next to Devon Yanko, one of the elite women I’ve been stalking on Strava for a long time.

Stay tuned for more updates.

But in the mean time, my one word of  wisdom to come out of this race’s training cycle  is to surround yourself with a group of runners who share in the spirit of badass running. When you doubt that you’ll make it to the starting line, they will remind you that this is supposed to be fun. When you are lining up next to women who are 30 minutes faster, they will remind you that you worked just as hard to get to that starting line. My group is a handful of women who send lots of emails, but none of us have met in person. You know who you are.

Now, A few pictures of race prep for the road.

Check that out folks

I’m in the phone book. I’m somebody. For all of you kids that are too young, that was a The Jerk reference.

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Race gear prep, one week out

Sunday night, I started my race staging on my parents' kitchen table.
Sunday night, I started my race staging on my parents’ kitchen table.
Water bottles tapped up.
Water bottles tapped up.
Current prediction is a 50-degree start. I'm breaking out the bunhuggers.
Current prediction is a 50-degree start. I’m breaking out the bunhuggers.
Race gear drying for packing.
… Meanwhile back at my house….Race gear drying for packing.

Wish me luck!

I'm a subelite marathon runner, but I didn't come from a collegiate running background. Instead I'm trying to break into competitive running in my thirties. I write about chasing the dream of running with the elite girls and tell stories of adventures along the way. Watch me chase the next big thing.

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4 comments

    1. They are taped with a distinctive bright pattern I can identify again on the course. There are also gels taped to the bottles. What goes into them? Just water. Nothing secret.