Wednesday, 26 November 2008


Seeing as the next few days are going to be chock-full of craziness (more so than my usual), this is going to be my last post for the week. Promise. :)

Today I’m trying to focus on getting some work done.
Tomorrow, I will enjoy holiday festivities with old and new friends.
Friday, I will get my last run in and then meet Z at the airport.
Saturday, we’ll take the train to Florence and go to the expo to pick up my race packet.
Sunday, I’ll run the Florence marathon. And somewhere around the three and a half hour mark, I’ll officially turn 30.

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, I want to thank all of you.
Thank you for your encouragement, support, advice and humor.
Most of all, thank you for your friendship. It has meant more to me during this journey than you will ever know.

It’s a big weekend ahead. I hope I can control the jumble of nerves and excitement enough to get some rest. Only four more sleeps. I want to make them count.

I want to wish all Americans a safe and happy Thanksgiving and a wonderful weekend to everyone.

See you on the other side.


Glaven Q. Heisenberg said...

Well, seeing as this is your last post before the big day, I will now do what I always do for marathoners-to-be: I will compose an Inspirational Acrostic Based On Your Name:

X is for ... are you kidding me? X? Nix this! Next letter!

E is for ... frankly, not much either inspirational or running-related. Ya gotta meet me halfway, here, sister. I'm not an Acrostic-Writin' machine you know!

N is for ... Never promise a name-based Acrostic to someone whose name starts with "X".

I is for ... I am sorry I made this rash promise before I really noticed how your name was spelt.

A is for ... Austria: A country next to Italy, which, if you find yourself at its border, means you've probably strayed from the approved marathon route; Austria (little-known fact) is also the same as "Australia" - it's just a shortened spelling for lazy people and certain American soon-to-be-ex-Preznits. So if you do end up there, say G'day and ask them for a shrimp off the barbie. (I promise, this is NOT Austrian slang for "I'm sweaty but horny.")

Best of luck, sister!. You'll be a marathoner on you next post. We're excited for you here on the other side of the pond!

P.S. Your sister's name starts with Z? Did your parents hate acrostics or something?

Lily on the Road said...

Well girlie, your moment is almost here! Have a GREAT time and the next time we hear from you, you'll be a MARATHONER....upright and smiling!!!


Melanie said...

Good luck this weekend! Have a great race, looking forward to reading your race report! :)

Laura said...

Great plan for the week - I think you're all set. HAVE A GREAT TIME!!! And happy early birthday :)

Brooke said...

Have an amazing time with your sister. And have fun at the marathon! I can't believe you get to do it on your birthday. What a great gift you've given yourself!

Mark said...

Thank you and enjoy yourself as well! :)

Merry said...

I /was/ going to get up and run with you, or at least at the same time on the other side of the planet. But if you're going to insist on starting a marathon at 1 in the morning, I'm going to stay in bed and think good running thoughts instead.

Merry said...

Go Xenia!!!

raulgonemobile said...

Have a great marathon!

McB said...

Go Xenia!!!

Please go easy on the muscle cream, okay? Just because it's topical doesn't mean you can't o/d on it.

And try to have ... well fun is probably not the right word. Enjoy the experience.

Viper said...

Rest, relax, run, rejoice, refuel, rejuvenate, repeat.

Happy Thanksgiving. Happy birthday. Run well and drink well. Cheers!

tfh said...

Good luck and may your thirtieth be your best birthday yet! May the marathon usher in a year full of amazing wonderfulness. I will be thinking other cheesy things this weekend aimed in your general direction.

Theresa said...

Go, Xenia!!! I so wish I could be there to cheer for you! Don't stress. Remember to look around the beautiful city that you're running in. Go be a marathoner!

Oh, and happy birthday just a bit early!

Melanie said...

Good luck! I can't wait to hear how it goes. Happy Thanksgiving.

P.O.M. said...

What an exciting weekend. I'm thrilled for you!!!! Can't wait to hear all about it :)


BCB said...

Go Go Gadget-- no, wait, Go Xenia!

They say the first time is always special. I guess that could also apply to marathons of the running type.

As a fellow Sagittarian, I must tell you I've heard rumours that, after 15 years of causing doom and gloom and general mayhem (or so they say), that great beast of a planet Pluto is leaving our sign this week. Which apparently is a good sign for our sign. I'm sure it bodes well for anyone embarking upon rigorous feats of physicality. And marathons.

What the hell is gelato? Makes me think of gelatinous. Which brings to mind things like jelly fish. And, I don't know, mucus. Probably you should treat yourself to something cold and creamy and delicious instead.

Happy Thanksgiving!
Happy Birthday!
Happy First Marathon Day!

So very proud of you.

Kevin said...

Have a great race

Run For Life said...

Enjoy the time with your sister and running a MARATHON on your birthday in a beautiful part of the world. You'll do amazing, I'm sure! Happy Turkey Day. :)

The Laminator said...

Have an awesome awesome time Xenia! Remember to enjoy yourself during the marathon! Way to go! Will be thinking of you this weekend. Go get 'em!

MissAllycat said...

GOOD LUCK!! I'll be thinking about you!

Keziah Fenton said...

Go Xenia! Happy Birthday! Enjoy your first marathon! Enjoy Florence. You do Team CB proud!!!!

Ted said...

Listen up Xenia....I wanted to wish you the best for your first marathon. I cannot believe its tomorrow. Let's see... its 11 pm your time and hopefully you are in bed by now. I have a hunch that you are fully awake and thinking about your first marathon.

Good luck !!! and Happy Birthday to you !!! I cannot wait to read the post race report.


Frayed Laces said...

Ohmigosh by the time you read this you will be a marathoner! How friggin cool is that! ROCK ON Sister! Can't wait for the race report!