running on empty

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Sunday I saw two people throw up, both before 11am. The first, witnessed just after 6am, looked to be a gal who had been up all night. The second, observed around 10:40am, sadly was about a block away from the marathon finish. I saw her stop and throw up three times, all in the course of about 20 seconds. Anyway, I ran the Portland Marathon on Sunday. The weather was pretty ideal, but I ran out of energy for, oh, the entire second half of the race, so that wasn’t much fun. My brother always volunteers at mile 12, and I yelled his name several times as I ran past him, but he just stared off into space. Action Hero Melissa was kind enough to show up at mile 22, and it was good to see her smiling face! I keep doing these things, so I guess I must get some sort of enjoyment out of them, but really, I sometimes wonder what I am thinking!
In other news, I am no longer involved with superbuzzy. I, well, there’s not much more I can say about it but to thank you all for your tremendous support. Maybe now I’ll have more time to blog!

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30 Responses to running on empty

  1. sara says:

    Oh goodness that doesn’t bode well for me! I’m running a half marathon in Seattle at the end of next month. Let’s just say that my training thus far has been “spotty.”
    Sad to hear about you and Superbuzzy but am looking forward to more supereggplant blog entries. :)

  2. Oh, yuck! Seeing someone else throw-up makes feel like throwing-up. Good for you for for hitting the pavement, though. Sorry to hear about your leaving Superbuzzy, but if it means you get to craft and blog more, yippee! Maybe you should whip-up something with macha or some marshmallows to celebrate. Hey, how about macha marshmallows!?

  3. Donna says:

    Sorry to hear you are no longer involved with Superbuzzy, hope this means you are moving on to new and exciting things!

  4. splatgirl says:

    yea, what ARE you thinking? No really though, I admire your…mmmm….insanity? No really. Excellent job. I’m always amazed by you and that running marathonS thing.
    Twin Cities marathon was Sunday too, and also very very hot. I felt bad for all the peeps who planned on it being more like October and got July.
    Glad to see you’re still out there somewhere, too :)

  5. Michelle says:

    Oh, I hope everything is okay and you’re happy with your decision to leave Superbuzzy. As far as the marathon thing, I know what you mean. I used to get sick to my stomach entering speech tournaments when I was in high school, and every time, I would wonder why I did that to myself. But I’d do it again the next month, voluntarily, so I guess it must be the same with marathons. Either we forget all about the pain, or like the results (fitness, adrenaline rush, sense of accomplishment) so much, or a combination of the two. That must explain why women can give birth to more than one kid, too! Ha!

  6. megan says:

    Umm, I thought your doctor told you no more running. Wasn’t that, like, 10 yrs ago?!?! Stop being insane and just jog in place while you bake!!
    How many more of those things are you gonna do? It’s not healthy, you know :)
    Congratulations. Thanks for being a runner so I don’t have to.

  7. MJ says:

    I read on the news about the runners who died. I hope you were properly hydrated and cool at your marathon! (Keep running, it’s great!)
    I’m sorry about Superbuzzy, and I hope that things will be okay for you, Mariko!

  8. Bonney says:

    Sorry to hear about superbuzzy……

  9. gleek says:

    sorry to hear about superbuzzy. that could not have been an easy decision with all of the work that you put into it. i’m looking forward to more blogging!

  10. Alicia says:

    Congrats on your 26.2 finish. Isn’t it amazing how around mile 22, you think, “I’m never doing this again,” but after you finish…you’re ready for the next one? It’s a sickness, I tell ya.
    I was supposed to run Chicago Sunday. It would have been my third, but I elected not to — the temps were just too high.

  11. molly! says:

    woo! more posts!
    i cannot believe you ran a marathon!! i am worrying about my 5k next week because i haven’t run even 10 meters in the past month or so… i’ll be channeling your crazy running vibes so send them this way!

  12. amy k. says:

    oh, barfing. it’s so funny. I know I’m not the only one who thinks so. . .and sorry about superbuzzy, too. you are a star for getting it up and going, and I know it’s time to move on. . . and I know the future holds amazing things for you!!

  13. Jan says:

    Here’s to new adventures and more posts!

  14. hannah says:

    you rock on so many levels mariko. glad your body is being nicer to you now.

  15. Laural says:

    Ugh, watching people puke is yuck.
    Selfishly, I am looking forwards to lots more posts. I do hope the Superbuzzy thing is all hunky-dory.

  16. Daphne says:

    Hey, at least you didn’t puke, right?
    We have a show on running a marathon coming up, which I’m sure will be on OPB — http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/marathon/ — Oct 30. But will it explain to me why people like you actually decide to do it? I will have to watch and find out. :)

  17. Geek Sewing says:

    I’m sorry to hear about superbuzzy. I really like the store (even though I haven’t ordered anything… yet) and informed my friends about it many times. I’m assuming that Kelley Stevens is running the show solo? Well, looking forward to more blog posts from you! And I hope you have more time now for sewing, too!

  18. monica says:

    I’m glad you survived the marathon. They had to shut down the one in Chicago because of heat.
    Sorry about Superbuzzy too but I’m looking forward to more blogging because I’m selfish.

  19. susan b. says:

    Congratulations on the marathon–I’m so, so impressed! and ditto to what Amy and Melissa said, too.
    xo

  20. Meegan Blue says:

    Whoo-hoo Marathon Girl! I ran it, too, and saw someone throw up around mile 8, on that horrible, boring stratch of out-and-back industrial. Yuck!
    See you at Craig and Lila’s wedding!

  21. Carrie says:

    Congrats on the marathon!

  22. kelly says:

    congrats on the marathon… as always, I am in awe!
    superbuzzy misses you – you’re welcome to come and visit anytime!

  23. sally says:

    Looking forward to more blogging from my favorite eggplant. Oh, and Baby J misses Deedle…who he affectionately calls “Beedle”. I have to send you the photo [once I figure out how to get it off my phone] of J+D cozying up on D’s bed…too cute.

  24. sally says:

    Looking forward to more blogging from my favorite eggplant. Oh, and Baby J misses Deedle…who he affectionately calls “Beedle”. I have to send you the photo [once I figure out how to get it off my phone] of J+D cozying up on D’s bed…too cute.

  25. cari says:

    More blogging! Good!
    (And maybe a meetup soon involving the eating of baked goods?)

  26. Susan says:

    What happened with Superbuzzy? I’m sad to hear you’re gone, I’m less excited about shopping there now…
    Did the doctor really tell you not to run? I despise it, but you know what I’ve discovered I love? Kickboxing. My class ends with the girls hitting the boys and all they can do is block.
    Also, this is about another post, but: Orla Kiely makes chocolates?????????? how cool.

  27. Susan says:

    Oh sorry, I don’t mean to be nosy. I just want to know if I should be indignant on your behalf. Kickboxing is making me too violent!!!

  28. Charlene says:

    Congrats on the marathon!!! I was running in a half marathon here in Portland Maine the same day. I remember thinking as I finished “I can’t imagine having to do another 13.1 miles”. I admire those that run the full marathon! Great job!

  29. Jen says:

    Marathon…hmmm, what fun!
    Superbuzzy…I shall miss your little notes and candies.

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