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Mercedes Marathon Training: Week 12 Day 5


Last night was a late night of packing to head to Birmingham. While getting things in order, I received more Valentine’s from my hubby. It’s a Lego John Hancock and Sears Tower and a dozen roses. We got engaged at the John Hancock and are in love with Chicago so Rob got me these to put at my desk to remind me of our city. 🙂

We were in bed by midnight and up by 3am. It was very hard to get up and going, but we were out the door around 5am for a very long 10 hour drive.

There were many stops along the way for Coco and to refill up on water. I decided to pose in Metropolis, IL. 😀

Alabama was experiencing the biggest snow they have seen in a long time, with about 2 inches of accumulation. However the roads were clear, just wet. Snow is like air in IL so it was no big thing to us. The best part was all the big trees here with a light dusting of snow, they looked so pretty.

Once we were checked into the hotel it was time to find the expo and low and behold the expo was in the same complex as the hotel! I knew it was close, but I wasn’t aware it was that close! The expo was very small. In a matter of a couple minutes we had our bib number and goodies. The finisher shirts were not given out and they said we receive them at the end of the race. We also got to see the Mercedes SUV that they used to have a drawing for at this race, but quit doing a couple years ago, *sigh*.

Here is what we scored at the expo: marathon hat, throw away gloves, cup, snickers energy bar, post its, and bandaids. We also picked up a Mercedes headband and wallet each from their booth. My bib number is 410 and Rob is 409 if you want to keep an eye on our results.

We got a 26.2 for the SUV and I scored a new sweet Nike running shirt/jacket hybrid thing with Mercedes Marathon logo on it too.

And it has thumb holes too! Score!

We were utterly exhausted from the lack of sleep and long drive, but we had a run to do. So after some Subway for dinner we headed to the gym to get in our run. I did 5 Miles recovery. The equipment was very nice and pratcially new. The down side it was freaking HOT in the room, like sauna 80-90 degrees HOT. It was one of the worst runs I’ve ever had because it was just so miserable. It couldn’t have been over fast enough. Afterward we took a quick dip in the the pool. Now it’s time to sleep a century and then relax all day tomorrow.

25 thoughts on “Mercedes Marathon Training: Week 12 Day 5

  1. ahhh i love the nails and all the goodies from the expo!!! im going to be thinking about you guys all weekend sending you good luck vibes!!!!! we need to meet up soon cuz i miss you like WOAH!!!!! p.s. i totally did an out loud aw when i saw the lego’s and the roses! TOO CUTE!!!!!

    • Thanks Nicole! I painted my nails for the race in a new OPI color “You Rock-Acopolco Red”. I love it! It’s a fun color! Rob’s surprise was so thoughtful I hadn’t seen these Legos before. Miss you too!


  2. So glad you made it to Alabama safely (I hope Coco enjoyed the drive).

    You keep sharing these great presents Rob gets you, our husbands are going to get a complex (oh well I don’t care….It pushes him to think outside the box).

    I’ll be thinking of you both all weekend, and I can’t wait to hear all about it.

  3. What! No giveaway SUV????!!????? That is heartbreaking! I didn’t know they quit doing that. One year one of my Bf’s was in the final 5- totally exciting! I’ll be thinking of you guys tomorrow! Good luck in my lucky city!

    • Yeah we were so bummed. I even emailed and got confirmation that they stopped doing it. It’s such a bummer. We were planning to do the race every year just for the chance to win. Oh well. The expo and start/finish line are so close to the hotel. We are loving the logistics of this race so far.


  4. Thank you for sharing your numbers! I will definitely be following you! You are awesome and going to do so well. Good luck!!!!

  5. Welcome to Birmingham!! It really is a great city and I hope the icy roads open quickly so you can get out and see it! I was bummed that there wasn’t a cotton t-shirt, I sleep in those! Have a great day!!!

    • Thanks Sue!! 😀


      • Let me know if you need any info on places to eat tomorrow after the race. My email is somewhere in the sidebar of my blog. There are some fabulous ones and with Valentine’s being on a Sunday you may be able to get a really great meal!

        • One more thing…. if you see a guy dressed up as Cupid, he’s a friend of mine! His daughter and my girl are friends and as parents we’ve become friends with her parents. He dresses up every year and it’s fun to get your picture with him! Last year he was a pink princess!

          • Hey Sue! I tried posting on your blog well wishes to you and your daughter but I’m getting an error. It seems I get an error when I haven’t used my new account before and try my first post from my phone. Good luck out there!!

  6. Beautiful flowers and gifts! Good luck tomorrow!

  7. Love your V-day goodies and I’m glad you made it to Birmingham safe and sound. BEST OF LUCK to you guys! I know you’ll do great!

  8. GOOOOOOOOOO CJ!!!!!!!!!

    I’m checking her online tracking and she is kicking butt!!!!!!!!!!

  9. WoooooHooooooo I found Rob and he was with CJ for most of the race. Looks like CJ is holding steady and both of them are having a killer second marathon.

    So Proud of the Johnson’s!

  10. Have a good marathon race and look to your race report!.
    And a nice Valentine’s Day .

  11. OK I am sure CJ and Rob are kicking butt, BUT the website so called split results can’t be correct. They are only an hour or so into the race and the website has 30k results. I am confused so if anyone else is tracking and knows whats going on please do explain. I’m going to have a second cup of coffee and see if that helps.

  12. I believe you kicked some serious butt!! Congratulations!! You inspired me to run a 5k this afternoon (treadmill d/t feet of snow!) You are an inspiration Lady!! 🙂

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