Patience is a virtue I could probably do without. Waiting is definitely one of the hardest parts. I am probably particularly bad at waiting, given that I am a ridiculous planner. I have the next four months planned out, and probably some key weekends in the months following that. It’s what I do and who I am, and I love my calender for that reason. But having to wait for something you’ve been anticipating greatly for the past 18 weeks is especially hard. And I am growing more impatient by the second!
The Colfax Marathon, Denver’s currently only marathon, takes place this Sunday. Come 6:00am MST I will be (hopefully) ready and raring to go! Since January when I committed myself to training for this race, it’s seemed like such a distant dream, and almost unattainable. With my longest training runs behind me, and the longest run of my life ahead of me, I just want to be in it and doing it.
The past two weeks have been a huge whirlwind of events and excitement. Two
weeks ago my parents were in town while my dad attended a conference in Broomfield, Colorado. Work has been picking up with the semester ending and new student orientation sessions. I spent this past weekend celebrating one of my bestie’s birthdays by participating in the Homerun for the Homeless 5K, and I also celebrated one of my running buddy’s upcoming nuptials. Thankfully these have all combined to be nice distractions, but now that it’s the week of the race, it’s all I can think about.
I suppose it’s not a matter of whether or not I can do it at this point. I feel good, my body is strong, I am fueling it well, I could always use more sleep, I’ve incorporated cross training, and I have the miles in me. Now it’s just putting all the pieces together on race day. You never know what each race day will be like, but all you can do is prepare yourself as much as possible and stay positive. That of course doesn’t mean I won’t hit a wall or think about stopping. But it does mean I have to push myself beyond those negative forces and know that I can do it.
I am so blessed that I have had so many amazing people cheering me on throughout this process, from my closest friends and family, to complete strangers. Some of my favorite moments included a mid-week lunch run high-five from a random passerby on the trail, to finally meeting one of my Instragram runspirations for a weekend run, and all the moments in between.
As I pick up my packet (and hubby’s too) later today, I think it will finally hit me that this is real. I’ve been a bundle of nerves all week, but knowing it’s happening will likely make me feel better. I cannot guarantee this Sunday will be the best race of my life, or even in the top ten. What I can guarantee is that I will try my hardest. I will strive to endure and cross that finish line. And no matter what, I hope to become a marathoner.
|Day of the Week||Cross Training||Miles Run|
|Tuesday, 4/26/16||Yoga Sculpt||3.1 mile run|
|Wednesday, 4/27/16||Yoga Sculpt||3.14 mile run|
|Thursday, 4/28/16||TIU Band Workout, TIU String Bikini, Zumba||N/A|
|Friday, 4/29/16||N/A||3.2 mile run|
|Saturday, 4/30/16||N/A||3.2 mile run|
|Sunday, 5/1/16||Yoga Sculpt||6.2 mile run|
|Monday, 5/2/16||Yoga Sculpt||N/A|
|Tuesday, 5/3/16||Yoga Sculpt||4.1 mile run|
|Wednesday, 5/4/16||N/A||4.17 mile run|
|Thursday, 5/5/16||Zumba||3.64 mile run|
|Saturday, 5/7/16||N/A||6.7 mile run|
|Sunday, 5/8/16||N/A||9.94 mile run|
Anyone else running a marathon this weekend? Any recommendations for a first time marathoner? What do you do to prepare for race day? What is your favorite post-marathon meal (can you tell I am always hungry?)?