Need Your Help: Cheer Us On

May 31, 2013   //   by Karen Lopez   //   Blog, Fun, Need Your Help  //  1 Comment

This Sunday, 2 June Yanni Robel (@yannirobel) and I (@datachick) will be running the San Diego Marathon. Yanni has done so many I can’t keep track.

This is my first full marathon. It will be the first time I have run 26.2 miles. Even typing that makes me queasy.

So this is where you can help. Both Yanni and I use Runmeter, an app that will not only track and tweet our progress, it will also read your tweets to us as we run.

I can’t even begin to explain how much hearing your support helps during a race.

You don’t have to install anything. All you have to do is tweet at us. There are just a few things you need to know:

– We can only hear tweets directly tweeted to us, with our twitter IDs right at the beginning of the tweet.

– That means that you will need two separate tweets to talk to both of us.

– We won’t hear retweets.

– We will probably set our apps to tweet our progress every 2 miles or so. If you reply to those, we will hear your tweet.

– You don’t have to include anything else in the tweet. No need for the Runmeter ID or a hashtag.

– We won’t hear DMs or private messages.

– Status updates also go to our Facebook walls. You can also talk to us there, too.

– I am slow. I will take more than 6 hours to finish. You can sleep in and still help.

– Our corral will probably start at 7AM PDT, although cellphone congestion at the start may interfere with our auto tweets and your responses.

I hope you can help us along the way. Even if you can’t, sending good vibes are also appreciated.

I’m very happy to have Yanni with me for this run.

And thank you to all of you who supported us during our training runs.

See you on the other side of 26.2 miles. Upright and smiling.

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