In one month from today I will be running 26.2 miles through Eugene, OR.
To say I am excited is an understatement. I CANNOT WAIT. Of course I am nervous as hell too. And a little terrified of the pain and ecstatic about that feeling of crossing the finish line. And beyond thrilled for the reunion with friends from all over the country…
I have trained harder for this race than I have ever trained for a marathon before. I am a one (maybe two this year) marathon a year kind of runner, therefore I put all of my of eggs in one lonely basket (timely Easter reference?). I have a lot invested in this training cycle and I know that if things don’t go well on April 28th, I will be heartbroken. I truly do believe my body will be prepared to run a big PR and I will continue to focus on that and not the outside factors that I can’t control.
So what will the next month bring?
- After this weekend’s long run, I will have one more big week of peak training, then I will taper. I plan to cut back about 20% of my mileage the first week, then another 20% the following week, then race week will be all about easy miles and a short “dress rehearsal”.
- I will do everything I can to stay healthy. I have mentioned this before, but my right hip, glute and hamstring have been super tight since very early in this training cycle. It doesn’t hurt when I run, but usually feels sore & tight after sitting at my desk all day. Yoga has been helpful and I have gotten a deep tissue massage about once a month. I got another one yesterday. It hurts like hell and I swear, Kelly, my massage therapist is a masochist, but it works wonders!
- I will give a baby shower for my very good friend and neighbor. Among a number of other small things, I am responsible for decorations (Hello, Pinterest), cupcakes and booze (fitting). I am so happy I could be part of this before I move, since I won’t be as involved with her and the baby as I would have been if we stayed in Greenville.
- In the next month I will pack up my life and move it to another state. (Or more accurately, movers will pack up our home and transport everything and I will get in my car with a suitcase and drive 750 miles).
- I will say goodbye to some amazing friends and neighbors and leave behind a place that Brad & I have called home for the last 5 years…The city where we lived when we got engaged, got our first puppy, got married, got our second dog and continued to build our lives together.
- I will sign on the dotted line (correction: lots of dotted lines) to sell the home we have lived in for the last 2 1/2 years, then will most likely give my husband power of attorney so that he can sign for both of us to buy a new home (while I am on a plane to Oregon).
I am strangely still calm about everything that is happening. It’s hard to be stressed about other things when my mind can’t focus on much more than the next run and getting to April 28th healthy and ready to run marathon #4.
What’s your best advice for me in the next 30 days?!