Here I am, one week away from marathon day. This time next week, I will be recovering with the biggest margarita ever and a lot of ice cream! Maybe at the same time, who knows
And now for my favorite kind of post- list post! Here are some of my thoughts with one week to go:
- Taper sucks! I never felt this way with half-marathon or triathlon training, but I feel it now. I am going out of my mind! For one, everything hurts. Bones and muscles I didnt even know I had are hurting. I am having nightmares of the most ridiculous nature; showing up naked being the most popular, I constantly think I am sick if I so much as sneeze and all I want to do is eat and sleep!!! I am totally over taper!
- My 20 mile run was easier than my last long run yesterday. I was completely beat before I even started the run and I struggled through the whole thing. I was downright exhilarated when the run was over!
- I am so excited for this week- I know it is going to crawl by but I don’t even care. I am just happy to only be working two nights. I have plenty of time to rest, elevate my legs and sleep, sleep and sleep!
- I have officially become obsessed with the weather. I check it one or two or ten times a day. Yesterday it said 57 and raining and I was angry. Today, it says cloudy and 54 and I am all about it. I know God is busy with things like the Superbowl, NBA lockout and the Oscars, but if he is listening, I would like it to be in the low 40′s at the start with it getting no higher than mid-50′s by the finish. And if I can be really picky, partly sunny. Whatever the weather, please please please NO RAIN, please!
- I have three outfits picked out. I will probably pack a weeks worth of stuff for one night. Possibly more. And I bet you, I will still forget something.
- I am staying overnight in a hotel. I live less than 20 minutes from the start line. I don’t care. I know I will feel so much better if I am there when I wake up. Not only will I not have to leave until 15 minutes before the start but I will have my own toilet to poop in; there really is no better reason!
- I am starting to get very emotional when I think about the race. Anxious, nervous and emotional. I’ll probably cry like a baby when I cross that line.
- When I start to feel worried about race day, I go back and read past race reports. Especially, Philly half from last year. It helps immensely.
- I am looking insanely forward to my massage this week. Ridiculously. Like, I cannot describe. I am looking even more forward to my post marathon massage.
- I have worn Brooks Adrenalines since 2007. I hated the new ones that came out and needed new shoes. I have officially been running in Saucony’s for the last 5 weeks. Still, there is a part of me that wants to run in my Brooks on race day. I am sure they have 26.2 miles left in them Let’s face it, I’ll probably pack both!
- So many people are so excited for me, that I am getting so excited. I know that no matter when I cross that line, my family and friends will make me feel like a winner. And I am, because I have them in my life.
- I have taken more Airborne and more vitamins in the last 8 weeks than ever before. Next to getting injured, getting sick has been fear #2…I have 6 days to go, so lets hope my body stays with me on this one!!!
- I have gained weight and quite a bit of it. Gaining weight while marathon training…of could I would!
- This is hands down the hardest thing I have ever done. I can honestly say, without a doubt, this has never been fun. I have been thrown so many curve balls- having first planned for run a marathon two years ago. When I am training for half-marathons and tris, I actually have fun. But these last 15 weeks have tested in me in many ways. I have sacrificed a lot to get here- and I have worked so hard. I didn’t always get my work outs in, and I went three weeks in a boot hardly working out at all…a lot of people told me I should bag the race…but I kept at it. I decided as long as I had my doctors blessing, I was only going to listen to myself. I worked hard to get healed and picked back up my training. I trained in rain, I trained on boring courses without music, I did long runs on the treadmill (seriously, there is nothing fun about 16 miles on a treadmill!!!) and I trained alone most of the time. I did all of this while working a full time job and a part time job. I did this while changing full time jobs. I did this with some personal stuff happening. I did this with still maintaining a social life as much as possible. But it should be noted, I could not have done this without the unending support I have received from my parents, R2, my friends and my amazing support group here. My parents and R2 have definitely felt the hit of my training personally- my time with them is much more limited, they deal with my nerves, self-doubt and anxiety and they have changed their schedules to work around my long runs when needed. No, marathon training has not been fun for me…but it has taught me so much and I know that all the hard work will pay off when I cross that finish line. And I cannot wait!!!
- And last but not least…the most important thing I must always remember…my mantra for race day…
What has been your greatest lesson while training for an important event? What is your favorite mantra during tough parts of the race?