I completely meant to blog yesterday and Wednesday and just forgot! So this is what’s been going on with me:
1. I think I made the right call on Wednesday morning when I woke up completely exhausted and still dragged myself to the gym…only to get on the treadmill for a minute and deciding that running was not going to happen. So I hopped on the elliptical and did my miles there – and I am not going to feel guilty about it. Frankly I think it was a morning I could have skipped the workout entirely – I was tired from my 8-miler the day before, when I was still tired from the 20-miler. I think a more experienced/confident runner would have just chalked it up to “listening to her body” and called it a day. So I’m glad I still got in the workout, even if it was just the elliptical – it felt like the right thing to do.
2. I had an absolutely awesome 5-mile run on Thursday. I was a little nervous that my lack of energy on Wednesday would turn into a bigger problem, but my run was pure bliss – gorgeous weather, absolutely gorgeous sunrise, and everything (breathing, legs, pace) just felt right. I felt redeemed!
3. I have been all-marathon, all the time – focusing on it constantly! My participant guide arrived in the mail tonight and I printed out the course route at work today – am going to study it intently! I know the first 13 by heart (not the actual course – that would be overkill – but the neighborhoods), but the last half will be new to me. In some ways I want to scope it out beforehand but I think I’m going to leave it as a surprise.
4. I’ve really been working on figuring out where my family can see me. There is an app they can download to track me and a manual tool where I input my projected pace and the tool spits out a map with highlighted areas and estimated times I’ll be crossing them. Today I saw some app where my family and friends can send messages to me and they will get played over my headphones during the race for support! I need to further investigate this!
5. I invested in new energy bars. I had tummy trouble all week (finally was feeling better today) and decided I had to at least try something new. So thanks to the advice of my fabulous cousin K (a nutritionist and a marathon runner), I have chocolate energy bars with a slow-release glucose, meaning one should last me for a good long while. Tomorrow I’m going to eat one before I head out and see how I do; I’ll have Shot Blocks in my belt in case I do need more fuel. It won’t be an entirely accurate test because we’re only running 12 tomorrow, but it’ll definitely help me gauge how my stomach reacts. Stay tuned for the outcome of this test – I know it’s fascinating stuff, hahaha. 🙂
6. I have been getting all manner of support from my friends and family! Last week, just before the 20-miler when I was still completely filled with doubt, my awesome sister in law sent me these two cute little headbands, one that says Chicago and one that says 26.2. I wore the Chicago one for the 20-miler and am saving the second for the big day. It was such a fun surprise and meant so much to me! And today my absolutely wonderful friend M sent me this link – okay admittedly I’ve never been quite the last person in a race, but I TOTALLY.GET.THIS! I absolutely love this commercial and will watch it multiple times before the big day! See it for yourself! http://www.adweek.com/adfreak/nike-salutes-last-place-marathon-finisher-ad-thats-sequel-jogger-167161.
That’s about it for this evening! I am not quite as nervous for tomorrow’s run as I usually am for my group runs, which I guess is good – though I know anything can happen! I know for sure I can count on the weather though, so that helps a lot!
Talk to you tomorrow! 🙂