It was all about today

In the beginning, I picked The Kansas City Marathon because of when it fell— four days after my 28th birthday. In April, when I first learned that the marathon would be held on September 24th, it seemed so far off. Committing to it was off in the blurry distant future.

That future is now. This year’s birthday will always be remembered by the marathon. I woke up, as I do every morning, thinking of it. I’d like to say I will be running a mile for each year on Saturday, but that would be adding 2 extra miles and, I’m sorry, but that’s just not going to happen.

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10 responses to “It was all about today

  1. Liz

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I hope that you have a fun day!!!!!

  2. Danny

    Happy Birthday!

    Just so you know, in Jewish tradition the letters of the alphabet have numerical value. (You may have heard that 18 equals “life”.) Well 28 equals “strength”. So how’s that for timing?

    Best of luck!! (Actually “luck” is 77. So you better rely on “strength”!)

  3. a.maria

    happy birthday!!! your 28th year will be awesome, what a way to start it off… i’m so sad i’m missing this…. i will be there in spirit, cheering you on all the way!!!!

  4. Simba's Mom

    Happy Birthday! I hope you have a great day of celebration and reflection

  5. Ben, aka BadBen

    Happy Birthday and Good Luck on your first marathon!
    I’ve run a few marathons. The best advice I can give:

    Start slow (even though the adreniline is telling you to take off quickly).

    Get into your pace and hold it.

    Take shorter steps on the uphill, but keep your same leg turnover rate.

    Walk through the aid stations, to make sure that you get your fluids.

    Most Importantly: Have fun!!!

    Ben Holmes
    Kansas City Area
    (Fondly remembering my first marathon).
    http://badbenkc.blogspot.com/

  6. a.maria

    no JOKE what IS it about our hams, huh?!

    what was the cause of yours? do you know? mine’s a pinched nerve (er…thats what it feels like) that sends shooting pain my way if i move it too fast…. but i’m not sure WHY (except bad karma)…. dammit. i wonder if i am doctor bound. yeesh i hope not…

  7. Scott in Washington

    Happy Birthday Stephanie.

    Just four more days and you’ll have an accomplishment to remember for the rest of your life.

  8. jeanne

    Happy birthday!!! what a great way to celebrate!!! can’t wait to hear about your success!

  9. partyrunner

    hey steph-
    happy birthday! i hope you enjoyed your special day.
    as i blow out this imaginary candle, i am wishing your leg to give you no (or at least little) pain to race. (you see, i never believed telling your wish meant it wouldn’t come true!)

  10. BigRunner

    Happy Birthday Steph!

    You will do great this weekend!!!

    Best Wishes and sending good thoughts you way to keep the hamstring pain free

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