Five Favorite Marathon-Obsessed Things

I’m seriously in love with a few new things right now…and it all has to do with my marathon! 🙂 I look back on pretty much anything and everything that had to do with the marathon or that day nostalgically. Yesterday when I got dressed I thought aawww…these were the shorts I wore when I ran my first marathon! When I made breakfast this morning I thought yummm…this was what I ate before my first marathon! I see that one lonely mocha Clif Shot sitting on the counter and I think poor little thing…I don’t know when I am going to eat you again. I feel a little bit sad that my flowers are dying and that my tan lines from my running shirt from that day are starting to fade.

So…besides shorts, edible gel, and dead flowers, what are my favorite things?

Favorite thing number one: The fact that I still have all ten of my little hot pink toenails!

I was terrified that they’d all fall off after the race after everything I’ve heard from other runners, but it’s been six days and all ten of them are holding on strong!

Favorite thing number two: Hot pink nail polish with super powers that makes you feel good and run fast!

I had all ten fingers and and all ten toes painted in this rockin’ color on race day, and it had to have had super powers. I literally remember looking down at my hand, seeing the hot pink and thinking to myself go faster. Weird, I know, but I’m telling the truth.

Favorite thing number three: The North Face water bottle!

This little baby saved my life. I knew that all the runners would be required to carry hydration with them for the entirety of the race and I had never done that before so I was nervous. I went out shopping for a water bottle with a hand strap the night before and I found one for eighteen dollars. I opted not to spend my life savings (a little over dramatic? Maybe…) to buy a water bottle and just told myself I’d carry a regular old plastic one if I had to. When we got to the race I saw that they were giving out these North Face bottles to all the runners for free, and I was super excited to see they were black and pink!

Once the race started I really didn’t even notice I was holding it. It didn’t feel heavy and I definitely needed the hydration! I can’t even remember how many times I filled it up! I know that I refilled it every mile after twenty…it was hot!

Favorite thing number four: My first 26.2 shirt!

True story…I had to pull this shirt out of the dirty laundry basket to take a photo of it.

It’s kind of a funny story with this t-shirt. When I went to packet pick-up the day before the race they asked me if I wanted a black or a white shirt. I chose black because I figured the white one would get see-through-ish if I ran in it. After they gave you the shirt you had to take it to another tent to get it screen printed for your particular race (pretty cool idea!) I handed the screen print guy my black shirt, he screen printed it then handed it back to me.

Uuummm…it was black ink on a black shirt.

I was too afraid to ask for a new one, but I really really really wanted a cute shirt for my first marathon! So, the next day after my race I had my mom go trade it in for a different one. They gave her that pretty orange-y-coral-y color that I loved and she took it to go get screen printed.

Well…they screen printed it for the marathon relay race.

She went back again, traded it in again, and had it screen printed with 26.2. Third time’s a charm! Now I want to wear it everyday…maybe it’ll motivate me to do the laundry a little more often. 🙂

Favorite thing number five: My North Face Endurance Challenge medal!

I only have one question. Is this an acceptable form of jewelry? Please say yes.

I think I’m a little obsessed. 🙂



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