26.2 reasons not to HATE the distance, love the chase and really DIG deep just to FINISH the darn race. #blameitonyourlackoftraininginstead

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1. The runners that stab you in the side with their elbows at the starting line will never, ever be that close to you again… hopefully…Unless… #juststayinfrontofthemthewholeway #itsnotthathard

2. Fun game to play: watch runners excitingly crowd behind their desired pacer time signs and then creepily look up their finishing time online after the race and… Yeah  #idontjudge #heyimnotfasteither #everyoneissmilingbeforethestart

3. Spectator signs. “I just farted..” REALLY?! Nice try, but this only made me laugh really hard and slow down, not speed up. #props #hewasdirty

4. You are soaked with glistening sweat and cold water by mile 10, don’t even notice this until mile 13, plus-no one will ever know if you happened or just really needed to pee your shorts at mile 18. #ididntdothisbutjustsaying

5. Excuse to be lazy and say no to everyone and anyone you want the entire week before the race. #conserveyourenergy #marathonisausefulweapon #usewisely

6.  If u have a twin, do you really NEED to run the entire race?! Yes, but…  under certain circumstances … #runyourhalf #splitthemedalinhalf #fastertwingetsbiggerhalf #notacookiebutclose

7. Oh, so back to the actual mileage. There will always be music, even if none is playing…because, well, at mile 19, you or someone next you is bound to start belting out a MC song.  #mindgoescrazy #hearnsyncmile22

8. There is always that one obnoxious guy during mile 2 that has to try to make everyone laugh by saying the most stupidest randomest comments. #laughtheloudesteverytime #longwaytogobuddy #slowlymovefarawayfromhim

9. The magic that is… stopwatches. #suchanerd You know what I mean! Every mile, dozens of watched beep to play another “kill me now” love song. #sogettingone #iwannabeinonthefun

10. Water, Gatorade, ice, sponge, repeat until you see food at mile 18, then you really GO ham. #phatty #gottafuelthefun

11. The first 15 miles really should go by pretty darn fast… If you trained. #youcanalwaysdropout #dontdoit

12. There are over a million viable excuses you can make up if you decide to drop out, I mean at least you ran some of the distance…that has to count for something right?#nooneelsecanorwilleverunderstand#aslongasyoulive #noonecares

13. You may feel tired, very tired around mile 23, which means… nothing really,  just letting you know. #yourwelcome

14. Friendly fun competition. Everyone that finishes 26.2 miles is a winner right?! #hellno #imnicebutnotstupid #makeitknownyoupassedthatskinnygirl

15. A  reason to look fierce and act like a beast. #runwildandfree #gameface #notcutebutnotugly

16. People watching during miles 2,5,7,9,11,15,16,18.2,20,25,26… while you are running at a fairly fast pace, of course. #betterthanthestatefair

17. You find out who your true friends are. 26.2 miles takes a little more time than your usual 5K.  “we have to wake up at what time?!… And you won’t be do e until when?!” #makethemmakesigns #catertomeatthefinishline

18. You get to make funny faces while waving and running toward random photographers at any given moment they decide to pop up. #everytime #makethemomentcount

19. Gosh there really can’t be 26.2 reasons to like a race this long. #notgivingup #mentalstrengthisamust #imtestingyou

20. Fun to see new faces at mile 24, you should decide if this is good or bad. #mostlikelybad

21. Every tried sleep racing? I am pretty sure I’ve done this, intentionally…just another fun game to play at mile 24. #youcouldbefasterwhileyousleep #whoknows

22. People scream out your number and your gender like they know you …they think you are listening, too. #hilarious #whohasthetimetoscreamlargenumbers

23. Kids are fun, they like to high five and they look at you like heros at mile 25 when you feel like death. #socute

24. Running 26.2 miles gives you something to do for a weekend. I mean… what other amazingly exciting things could you accomplish in four hours on a Sunday? #uh… #dontanswerthis #SLEEP?!

25.  You feel amazing after and usually get what you want because you are disgustingly smelly and gross. #howisthisdifferentfromanyotherday #reallynotjustpretenditis

26. Someone with a beer will be waiting for you at mile 18, 20, 22, 25 and most definitely at the finish line. #carbup #finishfirstbeforeyouchug

26.2 In all seriousness, marathon day  is YOUR DAY, so OWN IT, MAKE it YOURS and RUN YOUR RACE. #26.2miles #pieceofcake #savorit

ACHIEVE YOUR OWN DEFINITION OF GREATNESS.

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