“Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.”
Alexander Graham Bell
Lately, I have been doing something out of character- I haven’t been running (and it’s making me a little nutty…). Well, that’s not completely true- I did
a miserable 2.5 miles on the treadmill to test out my new paisley running shoes. However, I have not been doing any crazy, long runs. After the Tough Mudder -and even before- I had notice my body was getting pretty beat up. My groin was KILLING me; and for a while, I had considered that I seriously pulled something. When I tried to run, it was a constant struggle. Nothing wanted to move the way it should. My limbs were like lead. Plus, every boot camp session involved some muscle feeling like it was going to snap. First it was my groin, then my right glute, now I’m back to groin (thankfully, not nearly as bad). It got me to thinking that maybe cramming in this last 20 mile run is not that important. I mean, it’s not worth getting injured (or risking injury) when I have already prepared so much.
I have been training for months now. It’s involved sacrificing a lot of time (and the ability to walk normally at times…). I have logged hundreds of miles; and honestly- I don’t think that 20 mile run is going to make or break my performance. In fact, I think it is far more likely to hinder me than help. I know that marathon is going to be hell. I know what it is going to feel like to have to fight through the exhaustion. I’ve done it…okay maybe not for 26.2 miles, but you get my point. I’ve pushed through the walls. Mentally, I know I can do it. I”m hopeful my body will cooperate. I truly believe that my best bet right now is to take it easy and recharge so I’m running on a full battery when race day rolls around.
I asked Adam how many miles he ran before his first marathon, and he told me 17 or 18, which is right about where I’m at. I have done tons of trail running, hills, gym workouts, cross training, and even did a Tough Mudder to prepare. I have spent the last several months running and training with a weighted hydration pack to improve my strength and endurance. I’ve primary run in vibrams to improve my form. I am absolutely as ready as I will ever be. All I can do at this point is try not to do anything stupid to hurt myself, put it out into the universe, and hope for the best. 🙂 Oh, and try not to drive myself crazy in the meantime while I avoid my typical form of stress relief!
As much as I know how much work I’ve put in, it’s still hard not to worry about not being able to finish. It doesn’t mean I’m not prepared or not capable- it’s just something I have a habit of doing before any new distance or challenge. I was terrified before my first 10K (and the subsequent 2), my first 15 K, and the Tough Mudder. I sincerely doubted my ability to complete to each- that’s right just finish, I’m not looking to set any new records here! 😉 After the fact, I was always surprised at how much worse I anticipated it would be than it actually was. I have a feeling,however, that the marathon will be exactly as horrible as I am anticipating, but I am determined
despite my anxiety and lingering doubts to get across that finish line.
The good news:CT-ALIVE has already received it’s first donations for the Running for the Color Purple Campaign! (I will sleep soundly tonight knowing that even if this race kills me, it will not have been in vain; and my ultimate goal to make a positive impact on the world will be achieved…jk…sort of…) Plus, I am optimistic that there is plenty more to come! I would encourage anyone to check out the CT-ALIVE page and consider making a donation to help victims of violence rebuild their lives. I would also like to say THANK YOU to those amazing people who have already donated and to all the wonderful readers who have left comments and subscribed!
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I hope everyone has a very peaceful and restful evening!