I Don’t Know How I Got So Lucky

Back when I was about 10 years old I filled out a form I found in a magazine and sent it off with a few dollars to a pen pal company that promised to pair me up with a new friend somewhere else in the country.

The other little girl that I got paired with taught me pig latin and we wrote each other letters in the secret language for quite a while. I loved it!

Hanging around in the run blogger world is sort of like having  THE BEST pen pals that are located all around the globe.

I don’t know how I got so lucky to know such amazing people, but I cannot thank you all enough for your encouragement and support leading up to the Portland Marathon. All of the comments, tweets and emails have been really helpful!

In case you were wondering …. I DID IT.


Portland sure does hook you up with a lot of nice stuff in the finisher’s shoot!

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My shirt is about 10X too big, but I didn’t care, I wore that sucker to the airport! : )

The marathon took me 7 hours and 11 minutes. That’s almost full hour longer than I intended to be on the course.

My A goal was 5:59 which I thought might be possible given the cooler weather, and my goal based on my 20-miler was around 6:20. I really thought 6:30 would be the absolute longest I would EVER be on that course.

You know what they say about making assumptions…

I’ll have a full re-cap of the race soon, but I have a lot of thoughts to process first … and that will need to come from a non-jet lagged brain! (We took the red eye home last night.)

A BIG special thank you to Ali who sent me the PERFECT surprise gift on Saturday afternoon:

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I read ALL of it before I went to bed on Sat night. Thank you so much Ali!

And another BIG special thank you to Meg for this motivating picture:


Prediction: someday Meg and I will live in the same city and our children will have playdates together. And by children I definitely mean cats, just in case that wasn’t obvious! : )

Aaaaaand another big special thank you to Lou for this:

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Lou and I are going to run the Bali marathon together someday! I just need a bit of time to get my pace down so I can hang with her speedy legs! ; )

Thank you again to everyone for your tweets, comments, emails and support.

I don’t know how I got so lucky to know all of you!

Despite the rough goings in Portland, another marathon is most definitely in my future … but it’s going to be in nice, flat Florida!



  1. Lillt
    October 6, 2014 / 6:06 am

    I’m so happy for you! You are truly inspiring. Congratulations! You’re now oficially a marathoner! It’ s an achievement you truly earned. Enjoy every bit of it 🙂

  2. October 6, 2014 / 6:45 am

    I’m beyond proud of you for sticking with it and finishing. Running for 7 hours isn’t easy!! I know you probably feel a mix of emotions. I won’t be surprised if I cry at the end of mine. And you DID IT, which is just so cool and amazing. Way to go!!!

  3. October 6, 2014 / 7:01 am

    I love the pen pal analogy!! Love this post Kristina, so proud and happy for you you!!

  4. October 6, 2014 / 9:30 am

    Hey, marathoner, you EARNED all that swag! I hope you wear your shirt to work! AWESOME. I was thinking about your race and couldn’t stop smiling when I saw you finished! WELL DONE! You must be exhausted from 26.2 and a red eye…I can’t wait to read about the details!

  5. October 6, 2014 / 10:10 am

    Congratulations Kristina!! I’m so proud of you!!

    One of the things about the marathon that I’ve learned is you never know what to really expect until you actually do it. The marathon is a BEAST!!

  6. October 6, 2014 / 10:19 am


    I followed along when I could yesterday and was super stoked for you the whole way. You did it and that is a huge accomplishment, and so happy your already considering another.

    Look forward to the race recap. CONGRATS!!!

  7. October 6, 2014 / 10:30 am

    It goes both ways girl, you support, motivate, and cheer us on as well! Running your first marathon is a HUGE deal and I am glad it was so special for you! 🙂 I cannot waaaaaaaaaaaait to hear about your race so you better process FAST! 😉

  8. October 6, 2014 / 10:42 am

    I know you didn’t run the time you were looking for but I am SOOOO proud of you! You finished and that is the important part! 😀

  9. October 6, 2014 / 11:09 am

    Oh my god congratulations! You’re now a marathoner!

  10. October 6, 2014 / 2:32 pm

    Hooray for finishing!!!
    I really wanted to do better about being a good blog friend/encourager but this weekend was one where I didn’t even pick up my phone other than to text someone to bring me more salt, lemon juice, etc.
    I can’t wait to read all about your race!!!
    Way to go!

  11. October 6, 2014 / 4:00 pm

    Woo hoo! Congratulations on being a marathoner!

  12. October 6, 2014 / 6:52 pm

    Congrats!!!! It was so much fun following along on your marathon training. I’m inspired by you to put it on my todo before I hit 50 bucket list!!

  13. October 6, 2014 / 6:58 pm

    You are a rock star!!!! Congratulations Kristina!!! I love that medal 🙂 I can’t wait to hear all the details from start to finish. Be proud Marathoner! 😉

  14. October 6, 2014 / 8:00 pm

    I am so happy for you! No matter how long it took you FINISHED and that is amazing! I can’t wait to hear more about it! Now that you have one full marathon down you can focus on setting a goal time for the next one…the first one is all about finishing and getting that medal!

  15. October 6, 2014 / 8:51 pm

    So so soooo happy for you! You did it!! You ran a freaking marathon! I can’t wait to read your recap!

  16. October 7, 2014 / 12:06 pm

    Congrats again, Kristina! I’m so proud of you! Remember, this is only the beginning of a wonderful journey that will include triumphant ultras and much much more! And you kicked it off so well!

  17. October 8, 2014 / 2:53 pm

    Congrats on the marathon!
    I’m hoping to do one in 2015. My goal is also an ultra by the time I’m 30!

  18. October 9, 2014 / 1:08 pm

    I love the shirt!!! Congratulations on hanging in there and accomplishing your goal. 🙂 I am going to read your pother posts now! I am excited to hear about this.

  19. October 14, 2014 / 11:45 pm

    Awww, LOVE THIS! Also? I know I am soooo late to the party here, but I couldn’t wait to sit down and finally read your recaps. CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!