PB: T-1 Day to the Philly Marathon!!!!
Phantom injuries? Check.
Fear of not finishing and that I’m not ready? Check.
Bad dreams?!?!! Check.
Yes – I’ve completed the tapering process. With the marathon less than two days away, I’ve gone through and suffered through tapering. After reading many articles about the importance of tapering, I actually decided to listen to the experts. But it is SO hard to go from running 30-40 miles per week consistently for months to just going for a few light jogs. But rather than focus on the tribulations of tapering, with just two days left, here are the things I am most looking forward to for Sunday:
1. Fellow first time marathoners: It’s always comforting being surrounded by other people running their first marathon and hearing them talk about how nervous they are – reminds me that I’m not alone!
2. Traveling through Philly: The marathon course is actually a very good representation of Philadelphia’s neighborhoods. It doesn’t cover everything of course – but it does mix up the city with the scenic. The best part about marathons is that for that morning, the streets are closed off to cars and we own the streets (and I don’t have to get honked at for crossing streets when I don’t have the right of way).
3. Cowbells: Don’t ask me why, but I really like the sound of people in the crowd banging on cowbells during a race. Reminds me of college I think.
4. My music: I am not one to set a list of certain songs to play. I like the surprise of what song is going to come next – it distracts me mentally from the run. I’m a shuffler – so one song that I like one day may be automatically skipped the next day. So a pre-set list just isn’t for me. I like categories of music…and I love listening to music. So I like to think of this as a 4 hour music listening sessions during which my feet will be moving.
5. Gu Gels: There’s nothing I love more than ripping open that metallic wrapper and squeezing that fake flavored slime into my throat. I am not looking forward to this (although some things are necessary).
6. The mile markers: I have never run a full marathon, but in the half marathons and 10 milers I have done, I love running past the mile markers. Each one gives its own sense of accomplishment and the best part is when they start to go by more quickly…you are at mile 5, and before you know it, it’s mile 12.
7. Seeing my RhodeyGirl: I know RhodeyGirl is going to be coming to see me on the course – and I can’t wait to see her. She always has a smile on her face and has been BEYOND supportive for the 4-5 months that I have been training.
8. The finish line: I am not even going to try and pretend that I know what this feels like – but I am excited for it.
9. Ice bath: Everyone thinks I’m crazy, but I really like ice baths. It gives you a chance to recover, reflect on the race, and STOP MOVING! The fact that it always leads to rejuvenated legs and a good post-run party….
10. Post Run Party: THIS is the best part – food, drinks, relaxing and spending time with friends. I don’t want to focus too much on this part now – because I haven’t earned it yet.
But I’m feeling rested, excited and ready to run the marathon. And hungry…I’m always hungry!
Note from RhodeyGirl: I will be at the 17 & 23 mile marker with a hot pink sign- if you see my say hello!!!!!
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