Friday, November 12, 2010

The Countdown...

Less than 48 hours to go!...

Yes! I'm nervous!

But mostly I'm really excited and full of positive energy (in between panic attacks... LOL). I know it will be hard. I know it will hurt (anything over 10 hurts, for now). But I also know I am able. I am confident in my training and conditioning. I actually believe I can do it.

It has not been easy but it has been an amazing journey.

No matter what happens on Sunday, I have already surpassed my wildest expectations.

Now to go over the checklist and pack my stuff.....


Don't be afraid of the space between your dreams and reality. If you can dream it, you can make it so.
Belva Davis, broadcast journalist

Monday, November 8, 2010


Before your next marathon, think about a person who helped make your marathon possible. Then consider showing your appreciation by dedicating the race to that person.
Joe Henderson, American runner, running coach, and writer


Tapering... it's another psychological hurdle. Seems easy enough; do less and less for 3 weeks until the race. But it's not. I feel like I'm not doing enough. I worry that I am losing conditioning. I fret once again about the distance! The theory is that once you have built up the conditioning you need to give your body a break so that it can rebuild and heal. Because apparently fatigue accumulates. I will admit that around the 12 mile long runs I was feeling a little beaten up. Strong, but beaten up. Over the last two weeks I tapered my long runs down to 8 miles. Only 8 miles... haha! Never thought I'd say that!... This week prior to the race I am supposed to do very little, just two short, but speedy, runs and a walk... In a couple days I am supposed to start carb-loading! What can I say? Ya gotta do what ya gotta do!