MEDIA
04/21/2014 09:08 am ET | Updated Apr 21, 2014

Natalie Morales Prepares To Run Boston Marathon

Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

The day has finally come.

NBC's Natalie Morales was up and at it early Monday morning just hours ahead of the 2014 Boston Marathon, which she called "the race of a lifetime." The "Today" co-host made it her goal to run the marathon to honor and raise money for the victims of last year's tragic bomb attacks.

Morales said there were "a lot of emotions" surrounding the area where the runners prepared to take off.

"Emotions and security are at all-time highs here," Morales told her co-host Matt Lauer on "Today." "I know it's going to be really emotional. It's going to be a hard 26.2 miles."

Morales was ready to go as early as 4 AM Monday morning, showing all her supporters that she'd be wearing bright orange during the race to represent the "Today" show Orange Room.

Ready for #BostonMarathon! I'll be the one in bright orange. How do you like that #OrangeRoom? #GoNatalieGo pic.twitter.com/F8oLyYTWlk

— Natalie Morales (@NMoralesNBC) April 21, 2014

It hasn't all been easy for the morning show host. Just last week, Morales struggled with a running injury that she said caused her a lot of pain, but she seemed ready to go Monday as she told Lauer that she knows the "spirits" of the other runners will help motivate her to reach the finish line.

"I'm feeling good," Morales said on "Today." "I know that the crowd and the support along the way is going to get me through, and of course the emotions of today I think are just going to push me through that extra couple of miles at the end."

.@nmorales has got her coffee! Only a few hours to go before #BostonMarathon. #GoNatalieGo #BostonStrong pic.twitter.com/HBhAsW3xgV

— TODAY (@TODAYshow) April 21, 2014

Last minute prep for @NMoralesNBC! She's getting ready to run the Boston Marathon, wish her luck! #GoNatalieGo pic.twitter.com/edPfPy6kL9

— TODAY (@TODAYshow) April 21, 2014

Morales was not the only journalist taking part in the 2014 Boston Marathon Monday. Poynter noted several other reporters gearing up and tweeting out some last minute thoughts before the big race ahead.

AP's New England bureau chief Bill Kole said he will be tweeting updates at each mile:

Marathon starts at 10 am ET, but I'm in Wave 2, so your mile by mile updates will start at 10:25 am! #26Tweets2Boston

— Bill Kole (@billkole) April 21, 2014

It's standing room only in the Athletes Village. And we are The Village People. #26Tweets2Boston pic.twitter.com/XmGvY6TopC

— Bill Kole (@billkole) April 21, 2014

It happens. #26Tweets2Boston pic.twitter.com/XOhKfOQavO

— Bill Kole (@billkole) April 21, 2014

Happy Easter, marathoners! If jelly beans aren't carbs, I'm screwed. #26Tweets2Boston

— Bill Kole (@billkole) April 20, 2014

Lancaster Newspapers reporter Dan Nephin:

Outfit planned. Bedtime soon! #BostonMarathon #lnpboston pic.twitter.com/0XX32rCaUS

— Dan Nephin (@dannephin) April 21, 2014

Loading #bostonmarathon #lnpboston pic.twitter.com/5PVaYm8lxy

— Dan Nephin (@dannephin) April 21, 2014

Google’s Matt Cutts:

I'm running the #BostonMarathon today. I'm grateful for the run, the day, & people. Join me & help cancer research? http://t.co/pKXrfANPjr

— Matt Cutts (@mattcutts) April 21, 2014

Ready to run 26.2 miles tomorrow for the Boston Marathon. pic.twitter.com/OWmCkGzq0z

— Matt Cutts (@mattcutts) April 20, 2014

WTSP 10News in Tampa's investigative reporter Noah Pransky:

5 yrs ago, after my first #BostonMarathon, I said I'd never run another. Then, 1 yr ago, I changed my mind. See you in the AM.

— Noah Pransky - WTSP (@noahpransky) April 20, 2014

Pre-marathon fuel: pic.twitter.com/8Cu6gZrRWu

— Noah Pransky - WTSP (@noahpransky) April 21, 2014

Writer, Social Media Marketing Manager at The Boston Globe, Elizabeth Comeau:

Party bus!! #BostonMarathon pic.twitter.com/sWi9T8kOBO

— Elizabeth Comeau (@EJComeau) April 21, 2014

(via Poynter)

CONVERSATIONS