Wednesday, March 13, 2013

St. Pat's Double Preview

It's race week (again). I'm heading south for a DOUBLE Half Marathon weekend (Saturday in Prattville, AL and Sunday in Atlanta, GA). I've never pulled back-to-back 13.1's before... and I should really be more nervous about it. Instead, I'm calmly putting together race outfits less than 48 hours before I leave. I'm slightly giddy at the weather forecast... warm weather!!


Instead of a long drive for this one, I have a quick flight from Peoria into Atlanta (We never get direct flights from Peoria!).  Once I arrive Friday afternoon, I'll drive across the border to snag state #11 at the Centerpoint Half Marathon.  It's a flat course, so it should be fairly easy on my legs if I can hold back the reins.  The route has lots of turns, which always help slow me down. My goal is to come in around 2:05.  I think a 9:30 pace would be a good workout for me right now, but not straining too hard.
That's a lot of turning....

Once I complete Alabama, I'll head back to Atlanta to meet up with Kim, LJ and Elizabeth for the Georgia Half Marathon (state #12).  This Half is a bit more hilly... but I'm in love with the finisher's medal already.  My goal is to finish and not die; possibly even keep up to Kim?
Baby, that's not flat...

My race outfits are complete for St. Patty's weekend. My fingers and toes are all green. And now I can finally start packing the suitcase.  If you're running either race and see me, please come say hello! I know it will be crazy in Atlanta, but you never know who you'll bump into!
Green/White on Sunday (left)
Orange/Green on Saturday (right)
A lot of people ask me HOW I make these shirts... a tutorial coming soon! 


Are you racing St. Patrick's Day weekend??  Good Luck!

23 comments:

  1. Love the outfits and good luck, you will rock both races!!

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  2. Luck of the Irish to ya!!
    Marci!

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  3. Love the outfits! I am glad we have warmer weather here in the south, but the humidity is coming right along with it.

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  4. I'm doing back to backs this weekend also at these exact races! :)

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    1. OMG, really!! We definitely have to meet... Prattville will be easiest I'm sure. LOL

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    2. The Prattville route has changed from previous years, I've done it before (I'm local). I haven't run the new route, but I know of a couple of hills. I haven't run Atlanta before, but from what I've heard I think its going to be tough! I'll look for you on Saturday! It would be cool if we could get a picture together at both races. LOL :)

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  5. I adore that your shoes even match. LOVE them. Save travels!

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  6. Love the outfits especially the shirts. I guess you could always start your own shirt making business!

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  7. Your outfits are adorable! Have a wonderful time!

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  8. back to back weekends are GREAT at knocking out states on a budget :)
    So now that you've posted your outfit, I think its safe to say i will for sure be bringing my white skirt and green top. Don't forget i have the fun foam cut outs to add to our skirts :)

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    1. Me too! Me too! White skirt, (lime) green shirt for me!

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  9. Love your outfits, running la marathon. Warm weather predicted, very excited.

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  10. I freaking love your outfits!!! And I think you are badass for taking on 2 halfs this weekend!!! Go girl!

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  11. Great outfits Jess! LOVE THEM!!!

    Good luck in both races. I am sure you will do great and I cannot wait to hear about them.

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  12. WOW! Good luck! I hope you have a great time!
    I can't wait to see the tutorial - I'm sure it's more fun and less expensive than ordering shirts!

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  13. That's 13.1 miles, all those turns? Crap, that looks like a heack of a lot more! Good luck this weekend! Can't wait to read the recaps!

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  14. Good luck running both!! I'll be in Atlanta (I am from GA), but not running the full or half. I am doing the 5k this year(its going on the same time as the full and half). Maybe next yr I won't be a chicken and actually run the GA Half. Those hills scare me, LOL

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  15. Have a great time!!!

    Sarah
    www.thinfluenced.com

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  16. Love your outfits! I'll be rocking a pair of pro compression shamrock marathon socks, too, for my St. Paddy's Day 10k. Since I'm running this race with my much faster boyfriend, I would love to be wearing your bad luck to pass an Irish girl shirt! Good luck!

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  17. Good luck this weekend! You are a rockstar to tackle back to back half marathons! You will do great!

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  18. Love your outfits! If that's not a reason to run then i don't know what is!

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