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I’ve Got This

by Meghann on December 4, 2010

Don’t worry. I’ve got this. πŸ˜‰

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I keep forgetting I’m running a marathon in the morning. It kind of snuck up on me. I keep waiting for those nervous butterflies to come, but they are no where to be found. In their place I have the confidence and knowledge that this race is mine tomorrow – no butterflies needed.

My day started in Orlando with a bowl of cereal.

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  • 1/2 cup Peanut Butter Puffins
  • 1/2 cup Uncle Sam’s Cereal
  • 1/4 cup Attune Apple Granola Munch
  • Vanilla Yogurt
  • Blueberries
  • Apple
  • Naturally Nutter Vanilla Almond Butter

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Then I headed to my parents house to pick up my Dad and Sister for our road trip to West Palm Beach.

Look what my sister made me. πŸ™‚

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Best. Sign. Ever! Every time I look at it I smile. πŸ™‚ Can’t wait to see that on my run tomorrow morning. πŸ™‚

My parents had a stack of pancakes and I grabbed one to snack on.

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Unfortunately we all agreed they tasted off. We blamed this little beauty.

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Stay away from the powder buttermilk. Stay far, far away.

The drive to West Palm wasn’t bad at all.

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It was three hours of beautiful skies and great conversation with family.

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Also snacks.

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Cookies x 3. I <3 cookies!

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We went straight to the expo to pick up my bib and explore the (tiny) expo.

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(That’s a looonnggggg course)

There wasn’t much to see, but it was still fun to walk around.

Lunch

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I had been exchanging e-mails with a reader named Gina who is running her first half marathon in the morning. We planned to have lunch together after the expo and headed to a cute thais restaurant near by to carbo load.

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I ordered the Pad Thai with Chicken and Shrimp.

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The shrimp you see on top were some of the best shrimp I’ve had in a while. They were extra fishy, which I assume means they were fresh and straight from the ocean. It made me wish I had asked for just shrimp and told them to double up!

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We said good bye to the expo and headed to the beach to kill time.

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It was a BEAUTIFUL day by the water. I was seriously regretting not having a bathing suit and towel to lounge on.

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Tomorrow’s race is an out and back along the water. I full intend on taking an ice bath in the ocean as soon as I cross the finish line. πŸ˜‰

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I had no idea what I wanted for dinner tonight. You would think after 5 marathons I would have this down to a science, but I don’t. I thought I wanted some sort of pasta, but figured I had met my noodle quote with my pad thai lunch.

What to eat? What to eat?

We ended up parking down town Palm Beach and walking the strip to see what they had. There was a good mix of options spreading every genre of food, but oddly enough it was the restaurant with the cow on the building that caught my attention.

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I know what you’re thinking. Yes, I are my final pre-marathon meal at a restaurant called Grease. I am not ashamed. A burger just sounded sooooo good to me, so I went with it.

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And, oh what a good burger it was! Organic beef grilled to a medium-well topped with tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, and a balsamic reduction sauce. It. Was. Amazing. Just what I was craving. πŸ™‚

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The table split a large thing of sweet potato fries.

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And I had a few of my Dad’s onion rings.

As a side note... my sister is a vegetarian that’s tired of ordering veggie burgers so I suggested she order a burger-less burgers made up of toppings (avacado, grilled onions, sauteed mushrooms, etc). She loved it.

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I had a Midnight Square Godiva chocolate as we left the restaurant.

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Now, we’re back at the hotel and I’m prepping for an early bed time and an early wake up time. The marathon starts at 6:15 (!!!!) and we’re determined to get good parking before the start. πŸ™‚

The palm beach marathon does not have any runner tracking system, BUT if you would like to follow along my sister will be tweeting marathon updates from her twitter. Just follow her at twitter.com/bneathitall πŸ™‚

Alright, I’ve got a marathon to run in the morning. Wish me luck!

Four hours or bust!!!

GOOD NIGHT!!!

1 Evan Thomas December 4, 2010 at 8:31 pm

Good luck! You’re going to rock it tomorrow πŸ™‚

2 Caitlin December 4, 2010 at 8:32 pm

Good luck!

3 Lauren December 4, 2010 at 8:34 pm

Good luck! I love reading about all your runs cause you are always so positive!
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4 Amanda (Eating Up) December 4, 2010 at 8:34 pm

Lots and lots of luck! You’ll do great!
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5 Heather December 4, 2010 at 8:36 pm

Good luck tomorrow! Love the sign your sister made.

I absolutely love Dunkin Donuts Munchkins…so good!
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6 Sarah for Real December 4, 2010 at 8:37 pm

Good luck! I’m sure you’ll do so great!

By the way… When describe something as “fishy” that generally means it is not fresh. Icky. I hope your shrimp were not fishy, but flavorful and fresh instead πŸ˜‰
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7 Erin December 4, 2010 at 8:38 pm

Good luck, you got this!!! & i am soo jealous you are running by a beach tomorrow. My run tomorrow will consist of the tredmill or going through snow!!!!

8 Melissa @ Running with Needles December 4, 2010 at 8:38 pm

Good luck tomorrow! You’re gonna rock it!

9 Bess December 4, 2010 at 8:38 pm

You go girl! Woot! (And yes, ice bath afterwards!)

10 Daryl (Through Transitions) December 4, 2010 at 8:38 pm

Best wishes for a great race tomorrow! Looks amazing there.

11 alison December 4, 2010 at 8:42 pm

Good luck! I can’t wait to read all about it tomorrow.
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12 emily December 4, 2010 at 8:42 pm

You are impressively calm, you’ve got this!
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13 stephanie norton December 4, 2010 at 8:48 pm

Good Luck! You will soo rock this run!

14 Alyssa December 4, 2010 at 8:49 pm

Good luck!!!

15 Lew (ashandlewplus2.com) December 4, 2010 at 8:49 pm

Good luck.. Remember keep your pants pulled up and no donuts at mile 14 and remember you will rock out and finish in under 4 hours.
Lew and Ashlee
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16 Kiran December 4, 2010 at 8:51 pm

Good luck dear, have a great marathon and finish πŸ™‚
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17 Ali December 4, 2010 at 8:53 pm

Good luck Meghann!! You’ll rock it πŸ™‚

18 Bria December 4, 2010 at 9:01 pm

HAVE FUN!!
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19 rebecca lustig December 4, 2010 at 9:20 pm

good luck!!!!!!!!

20 KatieF December 4, 2010 at 9:32 pm

Good luck! I ran Palm Beaches last year (I’m from NY but my parents are WPB transplants) and for a small race, it wasn’t bad. Well-organized and you don’t need to worry about trampling people.

21 Jillian @ Reshape Your Life December 4, 2010 at 9:36 pm

Good luck Meghann!! You are totally going to rock it!
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22 Lish December 4, 2010 at 9:40 pm

Good luck tomorrow & I hope you meet your goal!!!

PS, just for future reference, if seafood smells fishy or tastes fishy, then it’s usually old. Unless you meant the shrimp tasted like the ocean and just used ‘fishy’ instead, b/c in that case, then yes, shrimp that tastes like the ocean if very fresh.

23 ida December 4, 2010 at 9:45 pm

good luck!! you seem well prepared to smash 4 hours

24 Matt December 4, 2010 at 9:47 pm

Good luck!
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25 Emily @ NewlyWife December 4, 2010 at 9:47 pm

Best of luck tomorrow!
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26 jane December 4, 2010 at 10:04 pm

aaah! i read your blog everyday and could’ve sworn i saw you at panera bread this morning at City Place. I guess it was you! and btw, those pictures of you at the beach are right in front of my house!!!! so strange to be reading the blog and seeing you basically on my front door step! hope you do well-the weather seems to be perfect for a marathon. i hope to run the marathon next year-which would be my first. i wanted to do it this year but am a first year law student and didnt have the time to train! GOOD LUCK

27 jane December 4, 2010 at 10:05 pm

oh and also, arent the burgers at Grease delicious?! love the beer selection as well. if you are feeling up for it tomorrow, you should have lunch at Rocco’s Tacos, GREAT mexican-and you will deserve a margarita-or a whole pitcher!!!

28 Meg December 4, 2010 at 10:06 pm

Rock it girl πŸ™‚
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29 Ashley December 4, 2010 at 10:12 pm

You’ll do awesome! Good luck!!!!
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30 Mariana December 4, 2010 at 10:27 pm

Good luck Meghann!
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31 Erika @ FoodFitnessFun December 4, 2010 at 10:32 pm

Good luck tomorrow – you will do great! πŸ™‚
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32 Cynthia December 4, 2010 at 10:35 pm

Good luck and Have fun πŸ™‚
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33 tracey December 4, 2010 at 10:38 pm

Excellent choice on Grease for dinner – and I agree with the suggestion for Rocco’s tomorrow for a post-race meal. Or if you want a good mix of things to choose from, go for ER Bradley’s. Have a great race – see you down there in the AM!

34 Katie @ Healthy Heddleston December 4, 2010 at 10:42 pm

Good luck Meghann, can’t wait to read the re-cap!
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35 Sana December 4, 2010 at 10:51 pm

I can totally feel your confidence. You will rock! i love the pic of your dad and sis at the beach :)!
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36 Kate (What Kate is Cooking) December 4, 2010 at 10:57 pm

You will do awesome! Good luck!!!
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37 Kate December 4, 2010 at 11:01 pm

Good luck! I can’t wait for your sub-4 race report πŸ˜‰
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38 Elizabeth (The Dallas Celiac) December 4, 2010 at 11:04 pm

Good luck tomorrow! I’ll be running the Dallas White Rock half marathon.

BTW, Seafood should never taste “fishy” – that means it is not fresh. Glad you had a good meal, though.
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39 Pam December 4, 2010 at 11:05 pm

Good luck!!

40 jenna December 4, 2010 at 11:14 pm

gluck tomorrow girl! you will rock it!!

41 SaraRM December 4, 2010 at 11:18 pm

GOOD LUCK!!

42 Allie December 4, 2010 at 11:28 pm

good luck!!!!!!!!!

43 Sarah @ EatRunGarden December 4, 2010 at 11:53 pm

good luck, I am sure you will do great!!
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44 erin December 4, 2010 at 11:54 pm

Good luck in the am!
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45 Lee December 5, 2010 at 12:04 am

Good luck on your marathon. Can’t wait to hear about it.
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46 Dori December 5, 2010 at 12:10 am

Good luck!!!! Mwah!
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47 Nicole December 5, 2010 at 12:28 am

Good luck girl, you’ll do great!

48 elise December 5, 2010 at 12:38 am

good LUCK!!!!!!!!!! (but you dont need it)
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49 Maddi December 5, 2010 at 1:09 am

I love the footprints in the sand photo! πŸ˜‰ Goodluck at your race! πŸ˜€
Maddi

50 Ashley @ the fit academic December 5, 2010 at 2:37 am

Looks like perfect weather!!! & I bet it’s a gorgeous course! Have so much fun & good luck!!!
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51 movesnmunchies December 5, 2010 at 2:47 am

wow vanilla almond butter!!!!! that sounds incredible
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52 Page December 5, 2010 at 5:23 am

Gooooooooooooooooooooooooood luck! And those sweet potato fries…mmmmm…..

53 Tab- Just Weighing In December 5, 2010 at 7:36 am

Good luck to you – can’t wait to see how it goes!
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54 Kelly December 5, 2010 at 7:43 am

Good luck!!

55 Jamie @ Food in Real Life December 5, 2010 at 8:20 am

Good luck Meghann!
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56 Ali December 5, 2010 at 9:43 am

Good luck Meghann!! I’ve been following Kelly’s tweets and it sounds like you’re doing awesome! πŸ™‚

57 Kelli - MarathonMamma December 5, 2010 at 10:00 am

You’re so going to rock this race. I can’t wait to hear all about it. So excited for you!

58 Ali @ Ali on the Run December 5, 2010 at 10:03 am

GOOD LUCK! Can’t wait to read the recap!
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59 Jenny December 5, 2010 at 10:07 am

I think I just might try your burger-less burger idea sometime. I bet it gets some funny looks from the person taking your order though haha.
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60 Sammi December 5, 2010 at 10:15 am

Your sister messed up. Grease has the best veggie burger I have ever had in my life!

Good luck tomorrow! Palm Beach is beautiful!

61 Katy (The Singing Runner) December 5, 2010 at 11:08 am

You are going to do great! I can’t wait to read the recap!
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62 megan December 5, 2010 at 11:31 am

Good luck meg!! KICK A$$ πŸ™‚

63 Mimi December 5, 2010 at 11:31 am

I love the lighting in the pictures by the ocean! Again, good luck… I’m excited to hear how much you beat your goal by! (;
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64 Jess@atasteofconfidence December 5, 2010 at 1:04 pm

Can’t wait to hear how it went!
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65 Brittany (Eating Bird Food) December 5, 2010 at 1:44 pm

I’ve been following Kelly tweets and I’m so pumped for you! Congrats Meghann.

66 Lisa (bakebikeblog) December 5, 2010 at 4:16 pm

You will rock this – I just know it!!! Cant wait to hear all about it!
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67 Cynthia December 5, 2010 at 4:17 pm

I read the tweets and I hear you ran a great marathon. Can’t wait to read your recap!
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