Marathon Expo

Today I headed to the Convention Center to get my bib. 
It’s official!!!
I’m literally so excited and I almost feel as if I can’t wait until Monday! This week as I logged some low mileage I had my “holy crap, I can totally do this!” moment. I know I won’t be fast, but I am feeling strong and ready to tackle the 26.2 miles. I can’t wait to see all of my friends along the way and then my family and friends at the finish!
We signed a wall at the expo. Well actually we signed one wall of many!
The perks of being tall, I found a relatively blank space a little higher up. 
Dad signing some love. 
Mom making her mark. 
I bought like 5 shirts, 2 hats, a headband and sneaker tabs. I also won 2 $10 Macy’s cards (well I won one and my dad won one) in addition to the goodies that came in my official bag. It was a really nice event and I was impressed with the organization and layout. (Though I think by going today I may have missed some of the worst crowds the remainder of the weekend). 
From the Convention Center we headed down to Old South Church who organized the Marathon Scarf Project. This is an absolute beautiful gesture, one of remembrance and hope. The church rallied knitters across the country, and beyond, to provide all runners this year with scarves to wrap us in love and prayer. 

The scarf I chose was beautifully made with love by Mary Beth Breslin of Galesburg, IL. So special, I will cherish it always!
It was incredible walking around the city and seeing so many of fellow runners with their bags and scarves. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it always, I feel so honored to be a part of this year’s marathon. 
And finally, the marathon sneaks are ready to go! 

Off to the B.A.A. 5k and tribute run tomorrow morning! 

Don’t forget, we’re close to final call for the virtual pep rally so get your pics to me by Sunday afternoon!
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Track Me as I Run the Boston Marathon!


I know everyone has been extremely excited to get information about tracking me during the marathon (unless you’ve already looked me up on the B.A.A. website because you just couldn’t wait!)  So here are some details about different ways you can track me, BIB# 28269:

AT&T Athlete Alert (easiest, and you can even do it right now!)

  • TEXT – Simply text the athlete’s Bib Number (28269) to 345678 using your US mobile phone. You will then receive an sms text response with instructions on how to submit a runner’s bib number. You will receive up to 6 texts per bib number. Message & data rates may apply. Text STOP to cancel. Text HELP for help. Available on participating carriers only. Privacy Policy at:www.att.com/privacy
By choosing this option, you’ll get updates when I cross the 10K, Half-Marathon, 30K and Finish points of the race.

I am in Wave 4, Corral 2, so my start time is expected to be 11:25 a.m. that morning.  (And I get to arrive at the starting line something like 6:30 a.m….so this is going to be a lonnnnnggg day!)

Live Tracking
So I couldn’t really find any apps that seemed easy enough to use and that wouldn’t totally suck the life out of my phone mid race.  That said, if you have an iPhone and would like to temporarily connect with me via “Find My Friends” app, shoot me a request using my email, kirby.matthess@gmail.com, and ask for a temporary request with the time ending Monday, April 21st at like 5:30 p.m. (that should be more than enough time, here’s hoping!)  

I honestly haven’t done this much, but I think you can make the request now, though I might wait to accept it until the night before or morning of.  I don’t need you all watching my every move for the next 5 days! 😉  Otherwise, you can send a request the morning of the marathon and hopefully I’ll see it and accept it before crossing the start line!  I actually don’t know what this will do to my battery life, but hopefully it won’t be terrible.  If I all the sudden disappear on the map, don’t worry, I didn’t spontaneously combust (or did I? is that a risk during your first marathon?) but my phone probably died.  So I do think that the text alerts might be the way to go.

I also don’t think this app is an extremely specific source of live time whereabouts, however, it will give you a general idea of where I am along the course and you can push a refresh for updates.  This might be particularly helpful if you’re interested in the next thing….

FINISH STRONG: Streaming Camera of the Finish Line

http://universalsports.com/

So they will have a camera on the finish line throughout the day.  Remember, I will not be winning this race so I expect that, at earliest, if you wanted to tune in around 4/4:15ish you might be able to see me.  I’m expecting to finish just under 5 hours (so hopefully by 4:30p.m.-ish, but probably depending on how many selfies with friends along the way I decide to pull over for, and any other unforeseen circumstances).  

Or this just in, download the app! Search iTunes for “The Boston Marathon.”


5days!!!

The Final Week!

This time next week I am going to be a bundle of excited, and probably nervous, energy. This time next week it will be Marathon Monday Eve. As we all know, this won’t just be another Boston Marathon. This year represents so many things and I am still in disbelief that I am a lucky one who gets to be a part of it all. 
Today was the last weekend long run, 8 miles. I felt great and I think that’s exactly what I needed at this point. Planning to log some low mileage this week. My parents are in town starting Friday and we’ll head to the Expo to get my bib! Saturday morning I’m running in the BAA 5k, the first of my medley races this year (yeah did I mention I also signed up for the BAA Distance Medley, doing the 5k, 10k and half marathon? Go big or go home, right?!) Saturday afternoon we have our Race for Rehab pre-marathon event at the Revere Hotel.  Sunday will be a unique Easter full of stretching and thoughtful eating (save the Polish goodies for Monday night!) Monday morning I have to be at Spaulding at 5 am. My parents are super excited about this drop off. Except not really. I told them it was all part of the process and to just enjoy it, though if someone else would like to pick me up at 4:30am to give me the ride I’m sure they’d be happy to stay in bed. Anyways, it’s going to be quite the weekend before the run but I can’t wait! I plan to keep everyone updated with some updates along the way, but definitely with a night before post and then of course a post after I have finished, though admittedly that likely will get done the day after the run.
Stay tuned for info about tracking me on the big day, which I’ll post later this week in the blog and on Facebook.   Also, keep the cheerleader pics coming. I plan to put all of them together in one big post on Friday. So far there are some great ones and I’m feeling the love!
8 days to go!!