Pre-race in pictures

The ladies with their babies [well, actually we swapped for this picture]:

My little man sports a new bandanna. He has no clue I'm going to run a marathon, nor does he care. 

Sammy, Henry, and Lucie: what a handful!

This photo op was pure chaos, as you can imagine.

Sammy [my in-laws' dog]  has to wear a cone sometimes. I think it's the most hilarious thing ever. 

At the Expo on Saturday night: a few of my spectators get creative....

What a freaking stud, no? [I love my name in parentheses, so I'm not confused with other wifeys]

I love it, Dad! Such pristine handwriting, too!

This one was made for me:

Mom bought me the cutest necklace!

Isn't the little runner girl so adorable?

Laying out my running gear the night before. Kind of ridiculous, I know.

My official bib! Also, please note the inhaler. 

I wonder why Nate likes my new fanny pack so much? Can you look closely and see the name?

Lots of beans and gels, huh? I didn't even use them all but it never hurts. 

My boring dinner on Saturday night: whole wheat pasta and red sauce. 

And everyone else got steak, the antithesis of carb loading:

Up next: race day in pictures! 

[I did, in fact, return to work today despite this post during the day. Thank goodness for scheduled posts and let's all hope I'm not making a fool of myself in front of my patients today. I hope I can teach them to walk when I can barely do it, either.]


  1. I had no idea there was so much gear involved!

  2. Your mom is such a cutie patootie!

    Love the shirt Nate "designed". How come Henry didn't get a specially designed bandana?

    Really love the necklace!

  3. I love Nate's shirt... my hubs calls me "wifey" as well. :) Also-- where did you get your running skort? I have been looking all over for one and haven't been able to find them!

  4. Where did your mom find that necklace? I want one! :)

  5. You are so amazing!!! i love the necklace, it is perfect.

  6. The pic of all three pups sitting so nicely is adorable!

    Your fan shirts are hilarious. Gotta love how thorough Nate was! :)

    There's just something about your gear laid out so nicely that reminded me of the first day of school! Lol.

    And that necklace is seriously perfect!

  7. i love these pictures! how did you run and haul 20 pounds of gear??? :)

  8. Psh! I'd totally lay out all of my gear as well. In fact, I do this all the time with little sticky notes attached in case I need something else that I can't quite put in the pile yet.

    Oh man, that Lucie pup is super cute!!!!! Especially the one where you are holding all three of them.

  9. The necklace was made by a girl selling jewelry at the Expo....but I have seen similar ones on Etsy. Just search for 'marathon charm' or something like that.

    I know the gear is ridiculous, but somehow I either wore it all or stored it in my pouch. Who knew running was such an involved sport?!

    I got my running skort from REI but it's the Nike running skort and it's sold online, too. I think regularly it's something like $60 but I bought mine on sale:)

  10. I can't beleive how organized you are! I am always fixing my chip to my shoe on the way to the race and pinning my number when I get out of the car. I'm so not organized. I'm loving the photos- esp Nate's tshirt. Great fun. I'm going to have to scour etsy for one of those cute charms! So cute! Love it!


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