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April 15, 2013

Journey almost over: It’s Race Day!

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ASHLAND — APRIL 12

Awesome day! I woke up to fried potatoes and biscuits with strawberry jelly, thanks to my dad.  A great start to the official first carb-loading day. We spent most the day at the marathon expo. Today was the first of the three day expo. It was awesome. I picked up my bib (my race number) also received my official Boston Marathon racing shirt. It is very nice. The expo was like a runner’s paradise. Every athletic brand was there with all their apparel, every sports drink and energy bar brand was there, too. We got to sample several different types of endurance foods.  Also got a few nice Boston running shirts at a great price.

My favorite part of the expo was meeting Team Hoyt, the men I mentioned earlier in the week. They are the father/son duo who race together. The son has been wheelchair bound since birth and they have been in more than 1,000 races together. It was such an honor to shake their hands and just tell them how truly inspiring they are.  Dick Hoyt, the father, is 72 and his son Rick is 51! Dick has pushed Rick in every race since they started in 1977! How awesome are they to still be marathoning together! They are very nice men!  It totally made my day!!

After the expo we went for pizza and bread sticks (more carbs) and throughout the day I snacked on Twizzlers and drank five bottles of Gatorade, two bottles of water and my regular coffee and pop! All day I had some type of carb in my hand! I would just like to praise God today for blessing me so richly! For not only allowing me to run Boston but that I also got to meet the two most awesome runners l’ve heard of and got to experience all this greatness with my family! Just found out tonight my other sister from Chicago and her family will be here tomorrow night! Twenty-two people in one house! Eleven children and eleven adults!  Wow... GOD is so good!! I absolutely have the best family and support group!!! Two more days till race day!!

I did run today, just four easy miles through Boston! I did notice this place is all city but very hilly. Lots of rolling hills! Hopefully Ashland Avenue has got me well prepared. We will soon find out!!!

APRIL 13

Again what an awesome day! We started the day off with a big breakfast at a local cafe ... absolutely delicious! I had three large blueberry pancakes, great start to day 2 of the carb loading! Again today I’ve had some sort of carb with me all day. I ate one bag of Gummy Life savers and one bag of Swedish fish. That was an easy 600 carbs right there! I had 3-32 ounce bottles of Gatorade and one bottle of water, that’s of course on top of my regular fluid intake.  For dinner I had a chicken sandwich, two orders of fries and a banana chocolate frappe. The frappe was voted “Boston’s Best” in 2012 so I had to try it.  For night snack I had Twizzlers and pretzels plus more Gatorade.

The simple sugars are what I’m wanting the most because they break down into energy the quickest!! Carbs, carbs and more carbs! We saw the Boston Red Sox play today, it was great! Fenway Park was awesome, so much history there.  We also walked around downtown Boston a little. It’s so unique and historic. I love it. Such a culture shock!

The atmosphere here is so exciting! Everyone is so pumped for the race. Not just the runners but even all the locals. People here love the marathon and all the runners! God has blessed me and my family so richly! One day out from race day and I’m feeling great. No pains, no aches! I feel fueled and ready to rock! Tract mission is going great! Total tracts passed out so far ... 700!!! We know God’s word will not return void so we are just passing them out all over! God is so awesome! Everyone needs to hear about him!!! I get to watch my husband and sister race in the Boston 5k in the morning! I pray God blesses them with a safe, fast, injury free and fun run! Can’t wait to watch them!! Praising God today because he has blessed my family and I more than we could ever have imagined! God truly is so good all the time! To God be the Glory!

No running today, just resting and getting fueled up!

APRIL 14

So today was incredible.  Got to watch Amanda (my sister) and Chris (my husband) run the Boston 5K! They did awesome. The men’s London Olympian silver medalist won the 5K at a time of 13:37!  Yes 13:37 ... that is not a typo! It was awesome!

My family took the kids AND allowed me and Chris to go back to the expo by ourselves. It was amazing. I got to meet, shake hands with and have pictures taken with my favorite athletes and Olympians! Feel so very blessed today. God even got us to the front of both lines to meet them! He just totally worked it all out!

Since today is the day before Marathon Monday, no running for me! I focused on rest and carbs today! I ate a bagel, two pieces of toast, four rolls and 32-ounce bottle of Gatorade just for breakfast, then 12-inch calzone for lunch. Snacks in between! Tonight I will just eat light so I don’t feel full in the morning.

Please say a prayer for me as soon as you read this. My starting gun is at 10:20 a.m. I’m excited and so very thankful! God has blessed me beyond belief and I know he’ll carry me every step, every mile tomorrow! I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me! BOSTON 2013! TO GOD BE THE GLORY!!!!

AMY COMPSTON can be reached at amylwesolowski@yahoo.com.

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