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Marathon Mania! (history, mix, map, and twitter!)

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Today I’m off to pick up my race pack. I can’t believe the BIG day is so close. I can’t believe I, the girl that "can’t run", will be attempting my first marathon in 2 short days.


What do I mean "attempt"… Let me rephrase that…

I can’t believe I will be running my first marathon!

Before I go into any details I thought it would be fun to take a trip down memory lane. Being so new to running my entire running history is here online. Side note: another reason why I LOVE blogging. So easy to "go back in time." :)

Wow that was a trip. I ran that first 5K exactly a year and half ago and here I am writing about preparing for my first FULL marathon.

OK on to the details!

Here’s the map (click on if for the full pdf) of the run.

baltimore marathon map

I’m totally psyched to run through Baltimore. I’ve lived in the area for 9 years now and it really does feel like home. :)

I’ll be wearing this shirt…

my first marathon shirt
Custom T-Shirts

It was inspired by a commenter (I can’t find it.) Many people have told me to have your name visible so spectators can cheer you on. I have no shame so I took it literally. :)

Next, my running mix. Many of the songs I shared before but here is exactly 5 and half hours of music. I’m hoping to finish in that time! (remember some are explicit – consider yourself warned)

Notice the entire mix is in order from longest to shorted song. I though it would be fun and keep me going. I like playing mind tricks on myself. :)

Finally, twitter. I plan on tweeting through out the day and yes mid-run. I can’t promise an update every mile but I’m gonna want to take a few breaks and I know I’ll see some things I’ll want to share. So if you want to follow along follow me @RoniNoone. Oh! I’ll also be shooting the same updates to FaceBook.

This will probably be my last post until the BIG day. Wish me luck! I got to run, pick up my bib number and head to work! Have a good one!

UPDATE: Click here for the Marathon run and recap with pictures!

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There are 52 comments so far.


    October 8, 2009

    Muse AND third eye blind?! Roni you have great taste :D


    October 8, 2009

    So many of them songs are among my favorites.
    Good luck with the run.


    October 8, 2009

    GOOD LUCK!!! And all I can say is WOW….you got it going on. That’s a looong run!


    October 8, 2009

    Good luck Roni! You will do great.

    Mara @ What's For Dinner?

    October 8, 2009

    Roni, I’m so excited for you!!! Not only do you have an amazing mix to run to… but I’ve been following your blog for SO LONG and am so thrilled to see that you’re marathoning!!! Can’t wait to read the tweets, and read the recap :) Lots of hugs and love coming your way from Chicago!

    Marisa (Trim The Fat)

    October 8, 2009

    So excited for you, Roni!!!! Wow! Can’t wait to hear all about it!


    October 8, 2009


    Lara (Thinspired)

    October 8, 2009

    Roni, you are an inspiration! GOOD LUCK!! I’ll be following your tweets!


    October 8, 2009

    LOVE that you finish off with a little Backyardigans… an omage to the kid, I suspect?

    Good luck Roni – you truly ARE an inspiration!

    Joanie @ The Bright Side

    October 8, 2009

    Woo Hoo, Roni!! Go, go, go!!! I’ll be following your progress on Twitter. Good luck!!!! Have a blast!!


    October 8, 2009

    I’m so excited for you, Roni! Reading the recap of your running story, I literally have tears in my eyes. I’ll be pulling for you Saturday–I know you’re going to do really well!


    October 8, 2009

    YOU GO GIRL!!! I love the shirt!! GOOD LUCK!!


    October 8, 2009

    I’m so excited for you! And proud of you! I cannot WAIT to cheer you on!


    October 8, 2009

    Roni, you are such an inspiration!!!!!! Good luck!


    October 8, 2009

    All the best! I’m very excited for you even though I’ve never met you! :0)


    October 8, 2009

    Good luck! You WILL do it!!

    Mary :: A Merry Life

    October 8, 2009

    OMG RONI! You are about to run a marathon!! I’m so flipping excited for you! YOU CAN DO THIS!! WOOHOOO!


    October 8, 2009

    OMG!!! I can’t believe it’s here. You will do AWESOME!! You have an awesome attitude, a great running mix, and great cheerleaders! I can’t wait to see your tweets about this on Saturday. I will be cheering from you in Indianapolis! GOOD LUCK!!!


    October 8, 2009

    great post! congratulations!

    Rebel In Ontario

    October 8, 2009

    I Laughed Out Loud reading your song list as Go-Go-Go by the Backyardigans is one of my favourites and my children and I use it all the time! I hope you complete your run before that tune comes on but if not, we will be all cheering you to GO-GO-GO to the end!

    Cynthia (It All Changes)

    October 8, 2009

    I’m so going back and reading those posts. I’ve only been reading for a few months but you are so inspiring just reading the recap because that’s how I feel about my own running journey :-)

    You will do fabulous. Because fabulous is the fact that you did the training and are running the race when so many don’t even attempt!


    October 8, 2009

    I like the idea of having the longer songs at the beginning. Good idea! More Human Than Human is one of my songs for running, too, courtesy of the hubby’s playlist. Alive by P.O.D. is another one that gets me moving. lol

    I will be thinking of you on the big day. You’re going to do great! We’re all cheering you on!!!!

    Wow! You’ve come a LONG way! Best of luck to you on marathon day!


    October 8, 2009

    I’m so proud of you Roni and you’ve never ceased to be an inspiration to me.

    I know you’re going to have a blast at the race… and most importantly have FUN!!

    Happy Running.


    October 8, 2009

    Roni…I am so excited for you! Your marathon is Saturday and mine is Sunday (Chicago)! This is my second marathon. Since I’ve already run one, I kind of know what to expect. On the other hand, that makes me even more nervous!!! Good luck to you!!!! You will do great!!!!!!!


    October 8, 2009

    Roni, you are truly going to love this. You will not be able to believe you did it even months after you cross that finish line. I STILL can’t believe I ran a marathon and that was in March. As I told a friend that is actually doing the same marathon as you, my advice is, even though it is against what you typically do in a race…slow down when you approach the finish line. The cheering crowd is UNBELIEVABLE!! There are very few moments in your life where you will be able to experience something SO AWESOME! Slow down and enjoy it for a brief moment and take it all in while they are cheering you to victory of crossing a finish line marathon. I can’t wait to hear what you think about it. Take it slow and steady and enjoy! Dawn


    October 8, 2009

    I love the Backyardigans! You are awesome Roni! Good luck!


    October 8, 2009

    Wow! You go girl! LOVE the shirts and can’t wait to hear all the good news! ;)

    chris brown

    October 8, 2009

    Roni- I am so excited for you! Can’t wait to hear all about it! YOU CAN DO IT!!!


    October 8, 2009

    Holy Crap, Roni…that’s allota songs. Good luck, my friend. You will prevail and inspire us once again. :)


    October 8, 2009

    I’m getting teary-eyed reading this…this is so HUGE!!! I’m so excited for you and wish you the best for tomorrow! We’re all here cheering you on!!


    October 8, 2009

    Good luck Roni! I can’t wait to read all about it! 5 1/2 hours??!! Holy cow! I can’t imagine running for that long!

    Good luck! I’m really really impressed that you’re running so far – it gives me hope I could increase my distance. Love the shirts – you’ll make all the runners around you jealous because everyone will be calling your name!


    October 9, 2009

    Good Luck Roni! You will do great! =D


    October 9, 2009


    Jenn Z.

    October 9, 2009

    GOOD LUCK RONI!!!!!!!!! You will do great!!! Your blog inspired my running and I am doing the Marine Corps Marathon in just two weeks! I know you will do amazing!! Where did you get the t-shirt?? It’s SO great!!!
    Go Roni Go!!!


    October 9, 2009

    I am so excited for you! Have a great time!!!!

    Good luck, Roni!! You are going to do great!


    October 9, 2009

    Good luck, Roni! One foot in front of the other!


    October 9, 2009

    Good Luck Roni! I know you’ll totally rock it and can’t wait for the recap afterwords. I always feel a little motivated after I read them :)

    Krista S.

    October 9, 2009

    I love your shirt and your race mix! I’m so proud of you and inspired by you. Much love….


    October 9, 2009

    Good luck Roni! You are such an inspiration.


    October 9, 2009

    you’re such an inspiration ocngratulations!


    October 9, 2009

    Good luck tomarrow!!!! I want to pick a 10K or half marathon in the early spring to aim for (with some 5Ks from now until then) and cant seem to find anything in our area… any suggestions?


    October 9, 2009

    Good luck tommorrow!


    October 10, 2009

    Good Luck Roni! Your so inspiring and awesome!

    Esther Crawford

    October 10, 2009

    Wow, wow, and WOW. You are awesome. :)


    October 10, 2009

    Great mix, I will be stealing some of it! I’ve been following you all morning. You are fantastic and such an inspiration! Great job!

    Go you!


    October 10, 2009

    Congratulations!!!! Been watching the twitter updates. Go you!!!

    Krista S.

    October 10, 2009

    I just peeked at all your Twitter pics and I have tears running down my face…I’m so proud of you, Roni!


    October 10, 2009

    I’ll be looking forward to your first Marathon run success!

    Good Luck!


    October 24, 2009

    AH GOOd LUCK GOOD LUCK GOOD LUCK with your run! Just have a GREAT time!

    Can’t wait to hear about it! P.S If you’re interested I’ve got some Dr Krackers being given away on my blog. There will be several winners! (: