Thursday, April 24, 2008

Music City Madness

Well, this weekend is the date for the Country Music Marathon in Nashville. I have been wavering back and forth about what part I was going to play in all of it, and I think I finally have my plans nailed down. First off, the boys are running in the kids marathon on Friday night. Briar has cruised through 24 miles over the past couple of months, and Bo has worked diligently and somewhat begrudgingly at times for his. They both need one more mile, which will be done tonight, before running mile 26 on the marathon course.

My sister Holly-Jane is running the whole thing, the full marathon, the whole sha-bang. She's been set back several times with injuries, but she is going the distance on Saturday. I plan on meeting her at mile 20 and offering whatever support she might need to make it to the finish. After all, I do believe I would have walked away from Rocket City with a DNF had Holly not been there for me.

Fellow running buddies Heather, Tim, Lee, Michele, and David are also taking on the big 26.2. There is no telling how fast these guys are going to go...one thing is for sure - there will PRs and sub-4's, no doubt about it.

I will be running the half in disguise. I procrastinated signing up until online registration was closed, and I didn't want to make the extra trip to Nashville to sign up at the expo today, so I am running under the name of Brian Stacy. Brian is a friend who was signed up but came down with pneumonia and can't run...so it kinda worked out well for both of us to split the registration cost and let me take his bib number and chip. I'll be a thirty-something male...how cute. I'll be running with Boston veteran Holly, and possibly John D. John was set for running the full 26.2, but has also been sick for about a week...and it's looking like he may just just go for the half this time. Also running the half will be Lisa, Mike, Amy, Mary Beth and Karen. Lisa and Mike are veterans, but this will be Karen, Amy and Mary Beth's first 13.1 - YAY!!! Also running their first 13.1 from Manchester will be Audra. She is running with Patricia, who also ran last year. I have also heard that Trevor T. will be running the half for this first time.

I am running the half as a training run, then grabbing my camelbak filled with Gu's, Gatorade, Body Glide, etc. and heading down to mile 20 to cheer and wait for my peeps. Oh yeah, and snap pics...lots of pics. I hope to meet up with Rae and Brent and make some noise with them too!!

If by chance you know me, and you are running this thing and I don't realize it - yell at me...email me...leave a comment...call me...whatever - just let me know so I can cheer for you while you are out there!!

18 comments:

Laura said...

Hey Lana - I found your blog from JasonLeahRun. I'm heading down to Gulf Coast in a few weeks too. It's always my favorite race of the year even though I'm never trained for it! Our supporters are the group with the 'beer stop' at a little passed mile one on the run. Good luck and train safe!

david said...

Yea...Glad you are going to run. Hope to see you before the race and will see you for sure at mile 20! Good luck and run hard.

D10 said...

Sounds like you are going to have a blast with all your peeps! Good luck to you and your boys. I am sure you being at mile 20 will definitely help your sister finish strong.

Anonymous said...

I'll see you tomorrow at the kids race. And will also hope to see you on the course or at the full finish. I'll be in black shorts and hot pink top! Hopefully tearing into a mean 4hrs after a rough year!

Jill

tri-mama said...

run then cheer- how cool would is that! I'm trying to talk Lora into the MN Ironman bike Sunday- I have to get my training in with her before she moves to your neck of the woods.

Good luck to the boys- what a great milestone to accumulate 26 miles!

kmholt7 said...

Hey Lana,
We just got back from picking up my race packet. Thanks for the mention in your blog. I'll take all the cheering I can get. This is going to be fun!

triguyjt said...

good luck to your sister and good luck to brian stacy ;)

Holly Jane said...

Thanks for the support in advance, Lan! :-) I'll see you at vingt! White top, black nike tempo shorts! I know I know... it will blend so well with everyone else.

Michele said...

Ronnie is running the half too. Umm...maybe doing the half is a better way to state that since he hasn't been running much.

Hope you are still at mile 20 by the time I make it there. I am going to need all help I can get to make it to that finish line.

I will be in a pink tank and my "groovy" skirt.

Have fun on the half and just remember you have a HIM in a couple weeks. Don't push it too hard.

Wes said...

Have a great race this weekend. I hope your sister does well, and all your other friends too for that matter :-)

Christine said...

HOW FUN!! Your sister is totally going to do awesome! I know you will too! I also thought the bike was pink....whoooooops! What did you decide on the name? My bike is Benson because that's who gave it to me. Kinda a cool bike name though right? Benson the bike! haa

TriSonq said...

I'll see you tomorrow.

I'll be in Corral 3.

White & Orange top w/ black shorts. Got to represent the Vols!

BTW. I was swimming yesyerday at Centennial Sportsplex and got in Ashley W.'s lane. THAT was such a humbling experience. Ha! Don't you swim with her?

DaisyDuc said...

That is awesome you are going to be at mile 20 for support! I am sure it will be really appreciated!

Have a blast with your day and you half, Brian!

Rae said...

I'll be watching for you guys in the morning!! Good luck!

jahowie said...

I hope that you had a great race!!

Bill said...

Nice race.

For a 38yo Male! ;)

Hopefully you didn't see me suffer too much going past the 20 mile mark.

Coach Tammy said...

Sounds perfect.... a good training run for you, followed by the best part of this sport, cheering on and supporting others! Have a great race.

Coach Tammy said...

Well, just realized I'm a day late, and a dollar short. ha! Hope you HAD a great race :)