WE ARE ON OUR WAY DOWN SOUTH to St. George!! We are staying with a best friend of my mom’s and I can’t wait to see her. Expo time, food time and then sleep… sounds like the perfect Friday right?
I wanted to share some life things first before I get to my 26.2 things.
*I love their little conversations that they have at the table when they are eating. I don’t ever want to forget them.
*I was going to head out for 2 easy miles yesterday but my right foot didn’t feel great (this happens every taper time) so running did not happen. Phantom pains are real. I think my body reacts badly when I don’t run my usual mileage but the rest is best for marathon day. Remember when my foot swelled up big right before running Boston? That freaked me out, this just is part of taper time for me.
*When you really just want to eat funfetti cake all day long but need some nutrients instead. Funafuti was eaten later.
*You know you are in mom mode big time when you don’t even realize that there are three ballons in the bathtub until the end of your shower. They like to make sure it looks like a party everywhere in our entire house.
*It is impossible to ask a child to not help out with blowing out the birthday cake candles if they are in the same room.
*Andrew is a really good one. He sent me this yesterday… he is quite organized with his spectator plan.
*Cafe Rio tacos for dinner last night. They were heavenly.
*I picked up some clothes to wear tomorrow morning before the race. I’m really hoping it is cold at the starting line because that means we will avoid the heat for some time.
*I kept with the taper requirements to be as lazy as possible. Success. I’m glad they were in a snuggling mood too.
I have an accomplishment to share today!! If you want to be featured feel free to send them in to firstname.lastname@example.org !!!
KAMI!!!! “This is not a huge accomplishment for pretty much anyone, but for me it was HUGE! I ran (walked) my first 5k last summer and I was so worried I would come in last place. Everyone reassured me that was near impossible… Well I literally came in last place… Pretty embarrassing but I finished and I was proud of myself for at least doing that. I decided to do the same race this year and try not to come in last. I pushed myself so hard, it was the hardest thing I’ve ever done, I kept wondering why everything that day just felt off. I did finish and cut 3 minutes off my time and six people finished after me. I couldn’t stop the tears at the end, I couldn’t figure out if I was crying because I was proud of myself for finishing faster than the previous year or if I was just crying because it was seriously so hard on me and I felt so sick the whole time. A week later I found out I was PREGNANT!!! No wonder I was so sick and emotional! Beating my time and placing was such a great feeling and then finding out I was pregnant made it the best 5k ever!!!”
PS Kami and I went to junior high together so getting this email made. my. day.
Tomorrow is the day (I bet you are looking forward to it being over so I stop talking about it nonstop;) and I have a few (26.2 to be exact) things about the marathon/training/anything to talk about.
1- For one of the first times ever—> I am really going to practice patience with this marathon. A large percentage of my marathons include a first half of the race that is 10+ minutes faster than the second half. I’m looking for those splits to be a whole lot closer or the second half faster.
2- I’m really grateful for how things have changed over this last year since the last time I was supposed to run this marathon. Somehow I met the most amazing guy ever and we got married 2 days later (exaggerating a little bit but not much;). I’ll be thinking about that a lot during the miles tomorrow.
3- Heat isn’t going to stop me.
4- It’s always funny how I will probably tell myself 10 times tomorrow that I am never doing this again. And then I’ll go sign up for another shortly.
5- It sure is going to be nice to have Josse by my side through this. That might not actually happen but I sure hope it does!
6– This is my first race ever with Andrew at the finish line waiting for me. I think that is just the motivation I need to not slow down too much during those last few miles.
7- DO NOT FORGET TO DOUBLE KNOT MY SHOES. I have had to stop and tie my shoes in races before and it is annoying.
8- I thought that I loved running with a handheld water bottle but then realized I didn’t. I am taking a little water bottle with me (not loving the belt either…) and then Andrew will pass me one when I see him on the course. I will keep up with hydration and calories along the course.
9- Miles 7-15 are the challenge of this course and I can’t wait to run those miles smart and confident.
10- I’m confident that Eminem will get me through those hills though.
11- I BETTER HAVE EVERYTHING CHARGED TONIGHT (remember that time I forgot to charge my headphones for my marathon and I sung to myself for 3+ hours).
12- I am going to remind myself over and over again that I have thought I was going to die/my legs were going to fall off/my lungs were going to explode many many times during marathons/races/hard runs in the past, and nothing like that happened. So when I do feel like that tomorrow I have clear proof that it in fact will not happen.
13- I adore Vega electrolyte enhancer before a long run… especially in the summer, it turned things around for me.
14- Buses leave between 4 a.m. and 5:20 a.m. —> this is going to hurt.
15- I would pay a lot of money to ensure that chafing is not a part of my day tomorrow.
16- While I was talking to my sister on the phone yesterday I was out of breath when I got to the top of the stairs and then she laughed and said good luck on your marathon on Saturday. Let’s really just hope that going up the stairs isn’t a good way to measure my fitness.
17- Andrew’s wins—> getting up at a ridiculous hour to take me to the bus and then shuttle kids around to spectate the race. His support is incredible.
18- I’m ready for some spaghetti, grilled chicken and extra salt tonight.
19- Last time I ran this race my parents surprised me at the finish line. They drove the 4 hours THAT MORNING to be there at the finish line. That sweet memory will be in my heart tomorrow. It makes me tear up just writing about that moment:)
20- If I fall along the course at some point (because I am clumsy), I am just going to do push-ups like Meb did in Rio.
21- I can do hard things. I can do hard things. I can do hard things. <—— you know exactly what will be going through my brain at about 8:30 tomorrow morning.
22- The Launch 3s became my absolute favorite running shoes right now during this training cycle. I swore I would never change from the PureFlows but I tried the Launch out and fell in love.
23- If you want to follow along on Instagram here, I’ll probably be posting marathon things there frequently this weekend.
24- I think I have found that starting my speed work a little bit later into the marathon training cycle is good for me. I don’t feel burned out or crazy exhausted which usually isn’t the case for me with marathon training.
25- I think I’m going to really miss the long runs during the recovery time until I can start building back my mileage again.
26- Donuts. Donuts. Donuts. <—— another thing I will be repeating when things get hard. I will have a phenomenal apple fritter tomorrow.
.2- This foot massage was all his idea. I have concluded that this will now be a major part of getting ready for future races.
What are your weekend plans?
What have you learned from racing over the years?
What’s your go to mantra lately—> I might have to steal it!
What is your sweetest race day memory?