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It’s Monday, you guys! I’m leaving in THREE DAYS for what will hopefully be a super cool trip/marathon to remember. This means that I ran my last double digit run on Sunday, a cool, easy, breezy 10 miles, faster and easier than I’ve run a 10 in a good while.

You want to know something funny? I think I know why it was unusually easy. I decided to start drinking a bottle of water first thing in the morning, then one after(ish) every time I pee, and guess what! A well-hydrated runner is an efficient runner! It’s science.

That whole Cheseboro Half Marathon/dehydration fiasco has instilled the fear of the hydration gods into me, so I’ve been all up in my water bottle’s face lately. I mean, the last thing I want to do is write about how I’ve been banned from the running world because I spent more time in the porta-potties than on the road from Hopkinton to Boylston St. That’s against all the rules of Boston/running/Darwin.

While my hydration routine is definitely lacking (and should be given priority), the first nutrition thing I do as part of my pre-marathon routine/ritual/hocus pocus is a caffeine fast. I’m all about science, right?<–I don’t teach science.

Starting last Monday, a few hours before I faced a class full of bright-eyed middle school cherubs staring at me confusedly because they were awaiting an answer/response/some sort of feedback regarding whatever whoever I called on said, I glanced lovingly at my Nespresso machine, and made sure it knew it wasn’t her, it was me.

Luckily, my students are super rad and reassured me that the same thing happens to their moms even when they have had their coffee. So sweet.

I’m still going to hold on to the theory that my little pre-marathon caffeine fasts are beneficial come race day.

Other than functioning on negative levels of coffee (I shed almond cappuccino tears after watching the ridiculously inspiring Shalane Flanagan interview on 60 Minutes yesterday, hence the negative levels), tapering has been relatively relaxed and low key. (If you know what’s good for you, you’ll watch Shalane’s interview. Double bonus: It’s with Anderson Cooper<–LOVE HIM!!!)

However, it wasn’t until Saturday that I came to the realization that I am running the BOSTON MARATHON!!!

On Saturday, the fine folks over at Future Track, a local running store that also happens to carry Oiselle, invited Boston runners, former runners, qualifiers, and future qualifiers and their families for a Boston Sendoff Party!

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I bought the marathon Tabloid Tee while I was there. Some things are just too great to pass up.

Adidas sponsored the event that brought about six of us local Boston runners and our families together to celebrate our journey with good conversation, tips, and food.

First, the area adidas rep chatted about what a big deal it is to be a Boston qualifier. Then, a runner from last year spoke about how different Boston is from anything else and about her experience last year, which drove home the fact that I am actually going to do this. Listening to her speak was so emotional. She brought #bostonstrong to my reality. Let’s just say that I am honored to be a member of the runners who will come together next Monday to share in the spirit of humanity. It’s not even a running thing any more. It’s a collective let’s-be-strong-and-rad-and-badass-together thing.

Before dinner, Future Track’s Boston Ambassador, a super cool chick named Wendy, all but pinky swore that we are going to be best friends forever.

Actually, she offered to email all of us who were at the party to meet up post-race for brews.

Same thing.

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The lovely adidas rep gifted each of us runners with an official Boston spike bag which I’m 110% positive I’m going to fill with loot from the expo on Friday.

Finally, it was dinner time.

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With my favorite pasta dish.

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I don’t know why it looks like there’s gold in the penne. Maybe it was magical pasta that made my 10-miler the next day go so well!

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Proof that I eat salad once in a while. My mom was there. She can vouch for me.

After dinner, Phil, the owner of Future Track, took pictures of everyone with their BQ race and time.

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How cool is it that a local running store would reach out to the community and throw a celebration party?!?! Pretty ridiculously cool, if you ask me. They’ve got a new regular customer, that’s for sure! Word is they have group runs that end at a local brewery. Why have I not known about these?!?!

Now, I need your help. I’m a rookie at Boston.

What Boston course tips do you have?

Where do i HAVE to eat?

Where are the awesome places to take the kids?

What should my family do while I’m running?

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