2 soggy miles this morning and just like that…I’m done.
The running part of my training is over. There’s really nothing else I can (or should) physically do at this point to improve my chances for Sunday. I just have to trust that what I’ve done is enough.
I trained for this marathon under conditions that were not ideal. In mid-February I got injured and had to take valuable time off. For about a month I thought maybe I was going to have to pull the plug on this whole thing, but then I was somehow able to cram together some decent long runs at the end, including one 20 miler. I was hoping to do two, but there just wasn’t any room for it this time.
With the physical part of my taper finished, the mental part is really kicking in. I’m currently busy trying to not go crazy and I’ve been pretty aggro over the past couple days. Yesterday I was coughing a little bit and my coworker told me that it sounded like I was getting sick and I wanted to rip her face off.
I felt bad, but seriously? File that under things to NOT say to the person running a marathon on Sunday. I’ve been obsessing over how my throat is a little scratchy ever since.
From the moment I clicked “Register” and became a runner in the Bob Potts Marathon, I knew I was in for something crazy and it has definitely been a roller coaster ride! Training for a marathon has been one of the hardest, most painful, and most amazing experiences of my life. I have discovered so much about myself…what I am physically capable of, that I am mentally stronger than I previously gave myself credit for, but that I am NOT as invincible as I once thought I was.
Here are a few links to posts that highlight (and lowlight) some of my training adventure. Please don’t feel obligated to read them. I mostly just want to keep everything in one spot so that I can revisit them later!
- Once upon a time, I signed up for a marathon.
- We don’t need no stinkin’ training plans! Spoiler alert: I ended up using a training plan. I had to. Big ups to Hal Higdon.
- And then I got hurt.
- Staying optimistic through injury.
- The 12 mile long run where I got my confidence back.
- And then the failboat, Farrah-ugly-cry, almost DNFed 15 miler that took my confidence away. Lesson learned: Stomach flu will affect your running performance. Duh.
- The 18 miler where everything went right.
- And then the 20 miler where everything went right again.
- Marathons make you do crazy things…like run 10 miles on a treadmill.
- And finally…SORE. So sore.
But feeling pretty good today. 🙂
A lot of you have been reading my blog this whole time and some of you are newer to it, but I wanted to thank ALL of you for hanging out with me. Your awesome suggestions, advice, funny stories, and even just the commiseration I received through my injury or after a bad run have been completely invaluable to me throughout my training. This blog started as a place for me to write down my thoughts on running so that poor Mr. Salt wouldn’t have to hear about it all the time. (He cares as much as someone who doesn’t run possibly can, bless his heart.) I never suspected that I would become a part of such a wonderful, supportive community and that the people in this community would become my friends. You are all amazing and your friends and loved ones are lucky to have people like you in their lives.
Is raging emotional instability a normal part of tapering? Because I’ve gotten really weepy when I talk about running pretty much every day this week. Sarah almost had me buying stock in Kleenex with THIS POST yesterday.
Any final thoughts for me? Things I should be doing besides sitting on my butt?
I really want to get a pedicure but I’m afraid to ruin someone’s life with my zombie toe.
Speaking of zombie toe, I got some gel toe caps at the running store the other day and they are AMAZING. Highly recommend to anyone who is about to lose a nail.