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Twas the night before the mini

The great thing about running a half-marathon tomorrow is that I get to eat lots of carbs. I will try to remember the joy of gorging myself on bread and pasta when I’m running in the rain. The cold, wet, rain.

When I picked up my pace bracelet at the running store yesterday, the clerk asked me, “Got your outfit picked out?”

“Yep,” I replied like I was an A-student proud to be prepared for a pop quiz.

“Is your shirt white?” she asked as she rung up my gel pack purchases.

“Um, yeah it is.” How did she know that?

“Better wear a dark sports bra,” she said as she handed me the receipt. Why would I wear a dark bra with a white shirt? That didn’t sound like an ensemble that would land me on the cover of People’s best-dressed issue. Then my brain made the connection:

White shirt + Rain + Bouncing for 13.1 miles = Girls Gone Wild: Mini-Marathon Edition.

A black bra it is!

I’ve got my checklist of items to bring. I’m going to lay out my outfit and all my stuff tonight. I’ve got maps to the locations. I’m picking up my packet at the exposition tonight. I’m eating my carbs and drinking my water. I feel prepared.

After the race, you can still come to my book release party at 3pm at The Milano Inn downtown. There will be plenty of food and I’ll be selling books! Hope you can make it. I will try to post about the race and the party as soon as possible, but it might be a couple days after the events because, boy, am I going to be tired.

By the way, for anyone who was wondering, I think my appearance on the local Fox Morning News show went pretty well yesterday. My VHS tape of the show has a big, squiggly stripe of interference halfway through my segment, so I’ll try to rip it off of my Mom’s TiVo sometime later and post it on the book site when I find the time, as well as a post over there about what the experience was like.

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dietgirl • May 2, 2008 at 8:19 am

OOOOOOOOOOOOHHHHH good luck comrade!!! The big day is finally here. Have fun! Cannae wait to hear all about it!


Red • May 2, 2008 at 8:21 am

Hahaha! Glad she gave you the heads up, that would be rather embarrassing.

I wish I could go to the release party, unfortunately I have a crappy car that barely gets to the other side of Cleveland (otherwise, Indianapolis isn’t a very far drive), and there are some BFE parts of Ohio that are bad to get stranded in.

I hope you have a blast, and good luck! We expect pictures! :-)


Girl On A Mission... • May 2, 2008 at 8:36 am

Woot Woot Woot- That’s me cheering from the sidelines! I can’t wait to hear about your results….you are one of my inspirations and reasons for starting the Couch to 5K running program. I want to run in our city Tely 10 next year in July 2009! I want to have a sucess story like your story!

Good Luck and all the best with the rain!


Debbi • May 2, 2008 at 8:53 am

I’m really looking forward to your race report. Speaking for myself, crossing my first half-marathon finish line was nothing short of thrilling. Good luck and have a blast!


Suzanne • May 2, 2008 at 9:40 am

I’m an Indy girl too! I thought you did awesome on Fox 59.

I just got your book…I’m about half way through. My reading has been continually interrupted by me running to your blog to get more details.

I’ll be running the Mini tomorrow too. Hopefully with a 11 min. mile pace. Last year a guy in a full gorilla suit kept passing me (very humbling). Another year a blind-runner with a guide passed me. You will find inspiration in so many places tomorrow!

Good luck on your first Mini. Here’s my veteran advice (I’m sure you’re getting plenty of this)….

-Have fun

-Enjoy yourself

-If it’s raining, wear a trash bag (major fashion statement) while you wait for the race to start…remove it and hand it to a spectator RIGHT before you cross the start line.

-Hi-5 every small child you see on the race course

-Don’t drink the warm beer in dixie-cups on 10th Street

-Most of all – live in the moment, take it slow and enjoy the race

-No matter how long the line. Wait and get your photo taken before you leave the finish-chutes. You deserve it!


-Before the race, most downtown office buildings are open – much nicer restrooms than the port-a-pots

-After the race starts, even through you think you need to stop and pee at the first few miles…don’t. The feeling usually goes away. It’s just sympathy peeing…you see all those people stopping to pee and you want to join in

-On the course, there usually aren’t port-a-pot lines right after you exit the track.

-Tuck a Kleenex in your pocket, just in case there is no TP on the course

Have a wonderful race!


Cathleen • May 2, 2008 at 9:47 am

Hi, PastQueen.

This has nothing to do with your minimarathon (although I do certainly want to wish you luck); I just wanted to let you know your book finally arrived and I zipped right through it. It is great. You know, I was impressed that you lost as much weight that you did. I’m impressed that you’re running a mini-marathon. But the fact that you could work full-time and train as much as you do and spend however many hours chopping vegetables and still find time to come up with that many readable pages blows me away. Congratulations!

And have a great race!


JEM • May 2, 2008 at 9:52 am

Have an awesome time!


bree • May 2, 2008 at 9:54 am

Good luck! You are going to do so well! You are such an inspiration.


Tracy • May 2, 2008 at 10:12 am

You go girl! Tomorrow afternoon we will just prop you up against the wall with pen in hand so you can sign books!


Loup • May 2, 2008 at 10:45 am

Hope you have a great run and party and looking forward to your post


Susan • May 2, 2008 at 10:50 am

Good luck PQ! I’m sure all of your hard work will pay off and you will cruise through with no problems. Besides, you have the techno to get you through, right?



Jen • May 2, 2008 at 10:53 am

Have a GREAT race tomorrow!!!

Be sure to be friendly to other runners and enjoy yourself! You Rock! :)


Lesley • May 2, 2008 at 10:55 am

I loved my first half marathon last Sunday – you are going to LOVE yours too!! Enjoy!

Lesley x


Cindy • May 2, 2008 at 11:04 am

Enjoy every blessed, painful, cold, wet, moment! And if the sun fools you and it turns warmer, enjoy every hot, sweaty, painful, blessed moment! This is your moment ~ feel it fully, whatever happens…

I was stuck at the airport for four hours yesterday. Normally, that would have been endlessly annoying, but luckily, I had your book with me and I made great progress. I finished it this morning at my brother’s. It was a wonderful read. I underlined many quips and quotes, but my hands-down favorite had to be “On you left” must be trail talk for “Move your ass to the right, slowpoke!” I would have snorted milk…If I had been drinking milk, that is. But seriously, there were so many lines that I underlined ~ things to go back and think about again through my own lens. Thanks for writing such a wonderful book. It is a keeper!


Amy • May 2, 2008 at 11:14 am

Dangit, I meant to Tivo you on Fox! Ah well, let us know when it’s up at the other site.

Good luck tomorrow! See you at the Milano Inn.


Cathy • May 2, 2008 at 11:25 am

Best wishes for a great and fun run!


Danielle • May 2, 2008 at 12:00 pm

Good luck tomorrow!

I’m running my 2nd 5K tomorrow. I don’t feel like I’m as prepared as I should be, so as I run I’m going to think of you running the half for inspiration!

Surely I can bang out a measly 3.1!


Bertie • May 2, 2008 at 12:51 pm

Good luck tomorrow!! I found your blog randomly and think you are such an inspiration! Thanks for sharing your story and I’ll have to pick up one of your books sometime:)

Have fun running your 1/2 marathon tomorrow!


Elizabeth • May 2, 2008 at 1:26 pm

Oh, I hope everything goes well! I will be rooting for you, in spirit!


sarah • May 2, 2008 at 2:02 pm

Best of luck tomorrow!!


victoria • May 2, 2008 at 2:33 pm

GOOD LUCK! Relax. Enjoy yourself. Watch out for the dead turtles. :-)


Lisa • May 2, 2008 at 2:46 pm

Have a great race!


Sarah • May 2, 2008 at 4:00 pm

Good luck! Enjoy your carbs! Do you get to eat cupcakes?


PastaQueen • May 2, 2008 at 4:05 pm

I guess I could, but there aren’t any around at the moment. I ate some leftover donuts from yesterday though.


Kristin • May 2, 2008 at 4:34 pm

Good luck!!! I’m so excited for you!! I have been reading your blog since the begining of the year and think you are such an inspiration! I’m running a half marathon mysself in 17 days and I am pretty nervous! I can’t wait to read about your race!!


Isabelle • May 2, 2008 at 4:51 pm

Hope the race goes well!


Boilergrad1993 • May 2, 2008 at 6:28 pm

Good Luck tomorrow!! Sounds like a full and VERY exciting day ahead! Those of us who can’t make it will be there in spirit :-)


Sonya • May 2, 2008 at 8:58 pm

Can’t wait to hear how wonderful the mini goes! Sending lots of good vibes your way.

Looking forward to seeing the interview and hearing how much fun and how many books you sell at the party!


Shelladawn • May 2, 2008 at 9:35 pm

Good luck, you don’t need it – but sending happy thoughts from Australia anyway.And if you find it going a bit tough hum the Chariots of Fire theme or Rocky to fire yourself up.


BrightAngel • May 2, 2008 at 10:01 pm

Good Luck


Julie • May 3, 2008 at 12:48 am

I just ordered your book, they didn’t have it in stock at my Barnes & Nobles.

I was showing my daughter your pictures, you should put a new one up even though your weight is similar to the last one, I’m sure you are more toned now from all the running!


Moni • May 3, 2008 at 1:26 am

I know you probably won’t read this until after your mini-thon… but I’ll say it anyway. Good Luck tomorrow. I hope you get the time your aiming for.


Andrew is getting fit • May 3, 2008 at 1:49 am

Good luck! I can’t wait for the race report!


MamaMaven • May 3, 2008 at 10:00 am

Hope you had a great run and a rousing book party!


anji • May 3, 2008 at 11:47 am

Cheering for you at the finishing line virtually! I think you must be done now but I think I can speak for everyone in that we’re so proud of you for reaching your goal!


zelda • May 3, 2008 at 6:29 pm

hope all went well!


Laura N • May 3, 2008 at 7:01 pm

Jennette, I am so sorry that we didn’t get to meet up and I missed your party. I know we already talked, I just wanted to email you and say that I SO wanted to be there. My daughter had a rough afternoon but we gave her some drugs (God bless the pharmaceutical companies) and she is feeling better. It was a semi-rough car trip home, but we’re here.

CONGRATS on finishing the race! Thankfully the weather turned out amazing–we dodged that bullet, eh?

And congratulations on the book and all your success. I still want to buy an autographed copy, so I’ll head over to the book site later b/c I think there’s a way to buy a signed copy directly from you, right?

I’m sure you were the Belle of the Book Party. Hope you have an easy Sunday.


Rosalie • May 3, 2008 at 7:20 pm

Yaaaay, congrats on your race! I ran a half-marathon today too (in Brooklyn, NY) and I am so impressed that you had your book party on the same day, since about all I was able to do right after my race was hobble home and then lie on the floor and moan for a couple hours. I was also shooting for 2:30 but the route was tougher than I expected and I think I came in around 2:42.

But anyway, way to go!


jae • May 4, 2008 at 4:51 am

Good luck with the run tomorrow (today), like you need it…You’ll do great! I’ll be mentally cheering you on in my head!

By the way, I’m glad I’m not the only one using a VCR to record stuff. I recently recorded a “Lost” episode on my VCR and got so much flack!! Hell, they still work…!!

:) ~j


MizFit • May 4, 2008 at 6:52 am

can not wait to hear, err, read all about it!!


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