Mind if I just start off each post until the race telling you where I’m at with the countdown?
12 days. TWELVE days.
It’s weird because I don’t feel any pressure about this race for a lot of reasons but then all of the sudden it hits me that I have ONE chance for this 2:44 to happen in this stage of my life (my next shot will be in 2 years because you have to qualify within 2 years of the trials) and that makes my heart pound like crazy.
No matter what it will be a great day and I can’t wait.
Remember how last week I went on and on about how we never run in the 7s?! On Sunday our coach told us to do our Monday morning run in the low 7s after a warm-up so that is what we did. Emilee and I were talking the whole time which felt great but it was funny because we didn’t know how to pace ourselves because we never run these paces. We’d either find ourselves speeding up or slowing down throughout the entire thing.
12 miles total for the morning and we got it done before the snow storm hit.
Brooke’s class earned a ‘bring your favorite stuffed animal to school’ day and so that was the highlight of her day.
Andrew, Skye and I went to see Dr. Bennett to make sure everything is ready to go. He said that my legs are right where they need to be (firing correctly etc) but my lower back needed a little work/adjusting so I’m glad I had that taken care of.
His son and Skye are turning into best buds.
And the highlight of my day= picking out a Christmas tree!
I have a few tangents to talk about today!
*Runners don’t need to purchase rolling pins because we can just use our muscle rollers for our cookies.
*Skye is wearing something of Brooke’s (whether it is her socks or a bracelet or shoes etc) at all times. Brooke loves it now but I hope she still feels the same way when they are teenagers!
*Brooke leaves tomorrow until Sunday and my heart hurts every time I think about it BUT I am SO happy for her awesome relationship with her dad and step-mom and how much fun she has with them. I just need to feel what I need to feel right now, be grateful for so many amazing things and enjoy a fun date with her before she leaves.
Skye is going to be so bored with both Brooke and Knox gone for so long.
*I went to my massage therapist a few days ago (it sure takes a lot of work outside of running to train!!) to work on my heel. He worked on it for the entire hour and it helped so much. A few minutes after looking at it he asked if I had ever rolled my ankle and I said no… and then I remembered my swollen ankle for a few weeks after my ultra and remembered that I had there! He is pretty positive that my plantar problems were the victim from when I did that so he worked out a lot of the scar tissue in that area and my heel feels almost 100% again. The body sure is incredible and so connected.
*On Saturday I had to take a gel all at once as I was jumping out of the car and it almost killed me… I cannot take these all at once but I do just great taking in a little bit at a time. It usually takes me about a mile to eat an entire one.
*This is Skye’s extremely suspicious look. She is most definitely hiding a marker behind her back.
*I saw the course elevation map for the Olympic Trials in Atlanta (looking up all of the excitement about the trials is definitely motivating me for CIM) and look at those hills! I wonder what the winning times will be with all of these hills?
*Kim posted this and I just loved it so much. IT IS SO TRUE so do not stop trying over and over and over again to get those successes because trying has a lot better odds than not trying.
*I felt like I really needed to ask you this:
What kind of person are you… canned cranberries, the real deal or no cranberries? Also, what is your favorite Thanksgiving food?
-Rolls, potatoes and pie and I love canned cranberries on my turkey:)
What’s the highlight of your day going to be?
Gels—> do you take them all at once or sip on them like me?
Share a tangent with me please!