Treating the Marathon as a Celebratory Victory Lap

My first marathon is now so close I can feel it.

I fly out to Portland is just a few hours.

To calm my pre-race anxiety I am just trying to follow this good advice:

“Don’t get caught up in the competitive vibe or get freaked out by the numbers on the sideline clock or your watch. You don’t want to miss the experience because you’re so stressed out about finishing in a time that you – or anyone else – considers respectable. 

Treat the race itself like a celebratory victory lap.”

That is what I intend to do.

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If you are interested in checking in on me this Sunday the Portland Marathon website will have athlete tracking available. I am bib #1404!

The marathon starts at 7am pacific / 10am eastern and I don’t expect to cross the finish line for … a while.


I have an A goal that I haven’t shared with anyone other than the stranger who created my SmartPace band, but my B goal is just to finish.

I will be VERY happy just to reach my B goal, but I think it will be a good mental test to strive for something better that is still within reach… provided I don’t wimp out in the second half of the race (like I tend to do).


The thing about reaching for my A goal isn’t JUST that it would make me feel good on Sunday, but it would also set the tone for the rest of the fall / winter during which I would like to PR in the 5K and half marathon distances.

Buuttt if I doesn’t happen, there’s always another day. Running is a lifetime sport and I have plenty of time to reach my goals (I hope).

… Now I need to go double and triple check my bag to make sure I have everything I need for Sunday … and then try to relax!!!!

To Hanna, Kristen and everyone else running a marathon this weekend I hope you have an amazing day!


The next time I post to this blog I’ll be a marathoner. 

Talk to you on Monday!

(You can follow me on Instagram and Twitter for mini updates until then!)


  1. October 3, 2014 / 6:07 am

    Sending all the excitement and best wishes your way! My friend finished the Portland marathon years ago in over 7 hours and had a blast, so don’t worry about them closing the course on you (not that you were or should be!) hope you have good weather!

  2. October 3, 2014 / 6:20 am

    Yay so excited for you girl!! Good luck, you’ll be amazing! Soak it all in and enjoy it because I’ve heard there’s nothing quite like your first marathon =).

  3. October 3, 2014 / 6:43 am

    I’m so excited for you, I have chills! You have worked SO HARD and you’re right, the race is just the icing on the cake that is training. I can’t wait for your recap!

  4. October 3, 2014 / 8:14 am

    Wow this post is so inspiring!!! I love all of your quotes… especially the one about not being an idiot the first half and not being a wimp the second half! 🙂 I will be tracking you on Sunday and I just followed you on Twitter… although I don’t post to Twitter I only use it to stalk big brother and survivor contestants!

  5. October 3, 2014 / 8:44 am

    Be excited this is a long time coming and all the hard work you have put in, you deserve every moment. Look forward to Mondays post when you are a marathoner!

    I’ll def try to check in on the race!

  6. October 3, 2014 / 9:31 am

    You are seriously going to do amazing!! I just know it! I will definitely be tracking you and can’t wait for you to cross that finish line! 😀

  7. October 3, 2014 / 9:33 am

    I will try and check in on you during the race. I am not
    “twitter savvy” so we will see how it goes. You’ve got this! You have done the hard work–now it is time for the victory lap!! Have fun! SOOO excited for you!
    Love the quotes from this post…going to remember them!

  8. Gwen
    October 3, 2014 / 10:11 am

    I love your blog but have never commented. I’m running the Portland marathon on Sunday and it’s also my first marathon! Maybe I’ll see you out on the course! 🙂

    • October 3, 2014 / 11:26 am

      I hope you have a great day on Sunday, Gwen! If you see me, please say hello 🙂

  9. October 3, 2014 / 10:58 am

    Good luck, Gwen ^^^ Kristina, I am so excited for you. Your first marathon will be so memorable and the fact that you will be doing it in Portland on a day that is supposed to be perfect weather-wise is icing on the cake. I hope you enjoy every moment in the PNW. My friend and I will be on our way to Portland tomorrow and will probably be spending a lot of time at the Expo walking around (shopping). We are also planning on doing a tiny run along the waterfront. Hope to see you at some point. Safe travels!!!

    • October 3, 2014 / 11:27 am

      Awesome! I’ll be roaming around the expo shopping quite a bit on Saturday as well. I will tweet you when I am heading over to see if you’re there! 🙂

  10. October 3, 2014 / 2:53 pm

    Hi Kristina!! I had to check in and wish you a big GOOD LUCK!!! You are going to rock it — trust your training you are ready!!! Go Kristina Go!!

  11. October 3, 2014 / 3:49 pm

    Thank you!!! Good luck to you too!! I’ll be thinking of you on Sunday, hoping you’re having as great of a day as I am, wishing we could celebrate together at the finish line 🙂 Remember, we got this!

  12. October 3, 2014 / 6:42 pm

    Hi! Im a new reader thanks to a link fom Run Jenny Run. You have such a great mindset going into it, and I love all your quotes. Can’t wait to hear all about it. Good luck!

  13. October 3, 2014 / 9:11 pm

    OMG Kristina!!! I just got so excited reading this post!!!! Enjoy every minute of your marathon because I promise you will replay it from start to finish…many times. 🙂 Run smart and have fun!

  14. October 4, 2014 / 8:32 am

    Yayyy you! You are so inspiring. Your bib with getting the moneys worth is funny 🙂 Can’t wait to follow on Sunday!

  15. October 4, 2014 / 11:24 am

    Sent over from “Meg Go Run” – GOOD LUCK with your marathon!!!!!!! 🙂

  16. October 4, 2014 / 9:02 pm

    You’re going to do amazingly!!!! All the best for today Kristina!!!! SO excited for you!!!! 🙂

  17. Olivia
    October 5, 2014 / 5:28 pm

    I stumbled across your blog a few weeks ago and have been following ever since. I’ve been checking in on your progress during the Portland marathon and I just want to say you are sooooo amazing!!! I’m slowly (very slowly) trying to get into running, and while I think I would like to eventually work my way up to a half, 26.2 miles just seems insane. So kudos to you and all your hard work and way to kick ass!

  18. October 5, 2014 / 5:44 pm

    I am so excited to hear about your experience 🙂 I tracked you today! Congratulations!! It turned out to be a really great day in Portland, so glad for you.