I'm a little momma who has a passion for running.
Running is more than a physical challenge; it is a mental and emotional challenge. Running gives you a strength, focus and drive for life. This blog should cover all kinds of challenges from running, training, parenting, to life and love! I hope you find encouragement along the way.
Here I am on the last intense training week of the marathon training then I'm on to the home stretch of the taper (yay after this week will be done with 20 mile long runs!)...I'm getting so excited, nervous, excited, terrified, thrilled, antsy, excited .... have I mentioned excited?? Ha! This has been my "baby" so to speak. I've given almost all of my life over to this training process. And I'm sure driven every one else around me completely mad. I signed up for this race 8 months ago and Nov 11th will be the ninth month and birth! See my little fortune I opened months ago...hopefull it bears truth!
Coincidence this race is next to the ocean?? I think not.
A few things I will be striving for during the next 27 days will be good diet. No more garbage in. This will be the hardest part of all my training I believe. No more diet soda. No more cookies or cakes or refined sugars... Someone help me. But I want to be in the best shape inside and out for this baby. Rest will be a priority. Bed before 11:00 pm. Before 10:00 pm would be even better. I need to get in one more 20 miler this week and truly hoping maybe a 22 miler. My plan only calls for 20 max but how in the world will I be prepped for 26.2? Anyone have thoughts on this??
Last week I did a 5k speed test and found myself to be much faster than a few months ago. This made me very happy. I recognized that my speed sessions were starting to become a little too manageable. Don't mistake me for easy, but rather that I just kept feeling like I could push myself a little harder. So by testing my 5k time I had a new set of times to go by for my speed, tempo and long runs. This is going to sound nuts but since I've made progress, it gets me excited about thinking about my next marathon already...and that maybe, just maybe, I could qualify for Boston...I know, I know let's see if I can just cross the first marathon finish line with a smile and not be dead! ha. I dream big. And sometimes get carried away before I'm capable. But dreams and goals are what keep us motivated I believe.
I just want to have a moment of silence in honor of all those poor soles in my life who have had to deal with me the past 3 months...I will be even crazier this last month! God bless of all your sweet soles...
Is it too early to pack??
**Any tips on the last few weeks during marathon training??**