Saturday, April 21, 2012
One month/4 weeks/28 days/672 hours....however you break it down, that is officially the time remaining until I run my very first full marathon! I am here to tell you that I am officially nervous, like stomachache inducing nervous. My training has been solid - I have had a couple of rough patches with some nagging body pains but nothing I haven't been able to work through. This last week was not real good - I was in Las Vegas for work - I only had time to run once so I am behind on my weekday mileage. My long run this weekend is 12 miles (step back week after the 19 miler last weekend) - I normally do my long runs on Saturday mornings. My return trip from Las Vegas was a debacle and I ended up being awake for almost 42 hours straight - I had no interest in getting up at 6:30 on Saturday AM to run so I have pushed it until tomorrow. Which is totally fine and ensures that I get two nights of decent sleep under my belt before running a longer distance. The biggest reason I didn't make more time to run during the week - all I could do is run on the treadmill. Tuesday afternoon after working I headed to the gym, jumped on the tready and recalled how much I HATE it - I logged 5 miles and promptly got off that darn thing. I just could not drum up enough motivation to hit it up again two more days. When you get off the tready for a bit and then have to use it, it's even worse. I just don't have a good relationship with the tready - I swear I am always more sore and in pain the days after a treadmill run - in my head? Possibly, but I still don't like it.
So, my head is spinning. Examining the remainder of my training calendar and figuring out what I need to do to get to the start line in 4 weeks ready and healthy to run that 26.2 miles. This coming weekend I am running the Get in Gear 10K with Melissa on Saturday morning. Then, on Sunday I will be logging my 20 miler - the longest training run I will have before the marathon. I have started to wonder if I am going to regret using a training program that doesn't believe in running the actual distance prior to the race. But, I can't go back now and change that. Honestly, I think once you have run 20 miles, the remaining 6 will come, I reckon it's the .2 that is going to kill me!
I am excited, nervous, scared, unsure, and super psyched to run this marathon. I am not sure how healthy it is to have such a mixed bag of emotions but I suspect it's pretty normal for runners attempting their biggest goal. A little over a year ago when I started running, if you had told me I was going to be running a marathon on May 19, 2012 - I would have laughed in your face, and not even politely - I would have belly laughed all over you! I continue to be amazed at my progress through training and the way my body has really come through for me.
I do not have an official time goal for the Fargo Marathon, I just want to finish upright, maybe even with a smile on my face. I would be lying if I said I didn't have any sort of finish time in my mind - but it's not a thing that will devastate me if I don't get it. I really do just want to run this race, have a great time and know that I did everything in my power to properly prepare myself for the challenge. And, I would be kidding myself if I didn't say that I am already contemplating whether or not I will run the Twin Cities Marathon. I have told myself that if I make it through Fargo and there are still spots in the TC Marathon - I will do it. Oh goodness, did I just say that out loud!?!?!?
I will check back in later this week. There are so many things I want to write about - it's just about making/taking the time to do so.
Be happy and healthy friends!