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!!!

Me and My Shadow

Being officially in taper land (15 days!!) runs are no longer hitting PRs and my mind has been wandering in a different way.
On my run today I started thinking back to what got me to be one of the lucky ones who gets to live the next 15 days in excitement and anticipation of running the Boston Marathon. Sure I’ve been training since Decemeber, but I’m only here because of a choice I made about 15 months ago. It was an active choice to be a new me and to lead my life where I wanted to go, not travel helplessly along feeling as if I had no control. What’s funny is at that time I never thought it would bring me to running a marathon, but hey life is full of surprises!
I’m sure others who have been unhealthy and unhappy can relate to the constant negative self talk. Whether I said things out loud or internalized my thoughts I always seemed to find opportunities to recognize what I didn’t like about myself. Sometimes you find the weirdest things to make yourself feel bad about yourself and one of those things for me was my shadow.
I remember times outside either alone or with friends and seeing my shadow on the ground. With friends it was the worst because I had comparison silhouettes, but regadless I was always without doubt horrified at what I saw. I could look into the mirror and “fool” myself, in a way, by doing my hair and makeup and putting on some fun accessories. But my shadow for me was always the unrelenting truth. No features to fall back on, I was forced to see every unflattering curve, bulge and proportion and I hated the shadow I used to cast on the world. 
I am still a long way from perfect. I have missed runs or the gym when I should’ve, and could’ve, gone. I don’t always eat the most balanced of meals and I have a pretty crazy sweet tooth at times. I enjoy a Hulu/Netflix series binge fest that requires minimal movement for the majority of a day. There will always be room for improvement, but I am happy and healthy enough to take on life with a newfound energy and enthusiasm that makes setting and achieving goals possible.
Now when I see my shadow I feel as if I’m casting a more true representation of who I am and who I always wanted to be. I see a more womanly sillhoutte and a shape that shows strength and confidence. It has been a journey getting to this point, but today I was honestly able to look down at my shadow with a sense of pride about the transformation I have made and the life I am living. 

Where Are My Cheerleaders??

I know some of you following my journey are not on Facebook but are instead keeping up with me via this blog. I have put out a call for cheerleaders between now and the big day to participate in a virtual pep rally, of sorts! I’ve already received some great creative pictures cheering me on, and I am encouraging everyone who feels up the challenge to send me a pic to keep me motivated as we approach the big day!

Once we’re a bit closer I’ll be making a cheerleader blog post with all of the pictures together and I can’t think of a more special keepsake, or a more awesome thing to look at on April 20th when I’m getting myself in the zone!

So whether you do this yourself selfie-style, gather a group, or recruit your children or pets, snap away!! Obviously creativity and costumes are encouraged 😉 

Email the pics to me at kirby.matthess@gmail.com