So I've been running this week and biking so as to not wear out my legs again. Yesterday I went for my longest run but unfortunately had to stop 3 miles shy of my intended distance. I woke up and headed out and felt fantastic through the first 3 hours of the run until in the last half hour my monthly friend reared it's ugly head with back and stomach cramps. Had it not been for that I would have finished 18 miles in a about 4 hours and feeling great! I feel prepared for the marathon and ready to get into my corral.
My friend Erin was up for a visit and it was so good to talk to her because she's done a marathon and many other running races. When she tells me she has no doubts I will finish the marathon I knew I could do it. I was pleasantly surprised with how quickly the 3.5 hour run passed it wasn't has boring as I thought it would be at all. I ran the first 10 miles without any walking and then didn't walk as much as I thought would through the last 5 miles. My body hurt but nothing that I couldn't just grin and bear.
I can't believe RnR is less than 6 days away! I am sitting in the Oakland Airport right now waiting to board my flight to Detroit for my brother's wedding on Friday. I plan on running 2 to 3 times while I'm there, just short 6 milers or less to keep my heart in shape but nothing too taxing. I've tweaked a muscle in my groin which has been tender on the last 2 runs. If it's still sore tomorrow and Thursday I'm going to focus more on swimming than running to less the pull on it. I have my outfit picked out and my body glide in my suitcase! I am so excited to do this marathon. The training part of it for the last 6 months has been fun but now that we are so close I am really ready to have it over with. Aside from actually finishing the Marathon I have achieved the goals that I meant a lot to me, I have stayed with the training program as best as I could (meaning I actually went running on regular basis), I increased my fitness level, and I enjoy running now it's no longer painful. I know after the marathon I will continue to run, I've found my favorite distance is 10 miles, they have been my best runs and my most enjoyable.
HOLY CRAP I'M GONNA RUN A MARATHON!!!!!!! JOCELYN I CANNOT WAIT TO SEE YOU!!!!!!!!