So, 2011 is the year that I am going to run my first marathon. And from what I hear, your first marathon is more than just a race””it’s a story.
According to Runner’s World, to ensure that you have a good story to tell, you want to choose a race with certain features:
- Excellent organization
- Likely chance of good weather
- Fan-friendly atmosphere
- Plenty of fluid stations
- Safe, well-marked, well-staffed course
Well, it seems like Mal and I (ok, Team In Training) picked a pretty awesome marathon to run!
Runner’s World selected 10 marathons””out of the nearly 400 held in the US each year””that cover these essential needs of a first-time marathoner. The Rock ”˜N’ Roll Arizona Marathon is one of those special marathons! Check out what Runner’s World had to say about it:
“Do you think a marathon should also be a party?
Rock ‘n’ Roll Arizona Marathon
Phoenix, January 16, 2011
Point-to-point, flat, urban, shuttle buses, kid’s run, music, pace teams
First marathons are about having fun””you can fret about time later. The Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon series practically invented the 26.2-mile party. Today, there are nine RNR marathons, but we say go to Arizona. Here’s why: The half and full marathons have separate starts and different courses, reducing congestion. In addition to the 27 live-music stages that line the route, cheerleading squads add another layer of support for the nearly 8,000 marathoners (and 20,000 half-marathoners). The flat course hits Valley of the Sun hot spots, including the Camelback Corridor, where you run in the shadow of 2,700-foot Camelback Mountain, and the historic art district of Old Town Scottsdale. Arizona also gets high marks for organization, from the ease and quality of the expo to the efficiency of buses to the start. Celebrate afterward at the free concert.
I am so excited– and insanely nervous. I had the strangest dreams about the marathon last night. Bizarro. The anticipation is killing me! Let’s get this show on the road already!
This morning’s breakfast was one of my favorites: peanut butter and banana slices on a toasted English muffin. Can’t go wrong with it!
It’s also my pre-race breakfast (Mal’s too), so we’ll need to find a grocery store when we get to Phoenix to make sure we have our go-to breakfast for Sunday morning.
Also with breakfast: iced coffee!
I finished packing late last night. Mal did too, but it took him about 15 minutes.
Thanks to everyone’s helpful suggestions and reminders, I feel pretty confident about what I packed.
My marathon packing list:
- Running pants
- Tank top
- Sports bra X 2
- “Throw away” long-sleeve shirt
- Hair elastics
- Garmin charger
- iPod charger
- Vanilla Bean Gu X 5
- Body glide
- Tiger Tail
- Race confirmation
- Safety pins
- Travel itinerary
Now that I’m all packed up, I’m spending the rest of the day with this guy:
For some reason, I’m having major separation anxiety about leaving him this time. Murphy usually stays with our good friend, so I’m not worried about his safety or happiness. She’s the best doggie sitter ever. I’m just going to miss him A LOT!
Question of the Day
How about a little brainstorming session this morning?
Mal and I are buying iron-on letters to put our names on our TNT shirts for the marathon. I plan to put my first name on the front, but I want to have something fun on the back too.
What should I put on my shirt?
P.S. I’m hosting a fun giveaway on Trading Up Downtown today! It involves Lululemon and Larabars! 😀