I had my last quality run today, 6 miles with 3 @ HMP pace. The weather was beautiful, crisp, and ...chilly! My legs were very stiff during the warm up, but after 3 miles, they did not want to stop! The past few days have been a bit blah....my PC acquired the cyber virus, and for a while I was unable to open any Internet pages (this made me realize how much time I spend on line...for work, too:), I had a "who knows what type bug" (gone now, potentially due to lots of sleep, massive quantities of vit C and garlic, and multiple salt rinses with my netty pot), had a few work deadlines, and my ITB bugged me (what's up with that, I have never had issues with it before). Now all is well, and I am getting excited for the race. The race plan is done, outfit picked, and playlist made (even thinking about it makes me want to run, run, run). Looks like I will be running with Katie (that is, if I can keep up:), hurray!
A few last thoughts before the big day...
1. To the weather - I like cold, I like snow, but can you hold off the rain for the first part of the day?
2. To my legs - you are strong, you are powerful, you can absolutely do it.
3. To my ITband - you better behave, no temper tantrums on race day. Don't make me use the ibuprofen....that would be bad for everyone!
4. To my stomach - I know I was not smart about getting you used to Gus every 40 minutes, like I plan to do during the race. But you can take it. You can adapt. Think of Boston and how good you were! No bathroom stops or nausea, please!
5. To my "private parts" - I know the marathon will be "your first day". There is nothing I can do about that, and I accept it. But don't think I am Uta Pippig...and Baystate is no Boston!
6. To my mind - keep all systems in check, and stick with the plan. Keep it slow the first few miles, don't freak out at how hard those miles are going to feel, remember that we typically get into a flow after 3-5 miles, smile, focus, and enjoy the journey.
8. To pain and suffering - I know we will meet, I expect you. Just don't come too early in the game. Shall we rendezvous at mile 20? Later would be even better, you know!
9. To the marathon - you are important, you are intimidating and thus I respect you! But you are just a marathon and I tougher than you! There!!!!
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