I am running another marathon in four days! My bib number for the Top of Utah Marathon is 2239. I am excited!!! I love racing. This weekend is going to be special because two dear friends are running their FIRST marathons (and I am so excited I get to be there for that!), I get to meet and hang out with Terzah who I love already (and hopefully see her BQ!!) and there will be lots of other running bloggers I hope to meet and friends there. Running is awesome and racing is a blast, and getting to do it with friends around just makes it that much better.
I wish Josh could be there, but the kids are pretty tired from this first two weeks of school and an early morning road trip just wouldn't be in their best interest. But I know they will be cheering me on from home and I will have more awesome texts from Josh to look forward to when I finish.
Speaking of Big Daddy.... he is sick. Scratchy throat, snotty nose, cranky mood. Four days before my race. As I said on Twitter this morning, I love that man with all my heart and soul, but if he gets me sick, he's toast. :)
I also found out this morning that my number for the NYC Marathon in November is 11533, and I am in the BLUE course, WAVE #1, Corral #11, 9:40 am start (first start). Woo hoo! Top of the bridge and earliest possible start. Yeah baby. That ROCKS.
AND, I get to register for the Boston Marathon tomorrow morning at 8am. I am pretty much exploding with marathon excitement right now.
I feel ready for Top of Utah. I didn't really have a plan to recover/taper last week and just ran nice and easy as felt good, and I ended up running a lot (58 miles...whoops). My long run was only 11 miles though and I am definitely keeping things very light this week. My legs feel awesome. One hammy is a bit on the tight side but I don't feel it when I run, so I am stretching and rolling it lots and the PT hit it with the ultrasound today just to be on the safe side (I am so spoiled that a PT who happens to be a runner comes to my house once a week!) I haven't felt my Achilles at all in weeks, and I am SUPER happy about that.
My goal for Top of Utah is short and sweet - get under 3:30. On one hand the pressure is sort of off because I got my BQ in Pocatello, but I know I am ready to run a 3:30 if things come together right and that is what I want to do.
Here is my free finish line picture from Pocatello. :) And hey, if you are looking for a great fall marathon next year, it is only $40 to register for the Pocatello Marathon right now. You get a great, fast course (they were #9 in the country this year for Boston qualifiers), super nice swag, the nicest finish line food and area I have ever seen, a very big and nice medal, a very well organized rice, a free finish line photo, and you get to see me. :)
I am off to cheer on my 13 year old, Ryan, in his first cross country race of the year. He has made a ton of progress in the last year and loves to run, so I am way excited about that too. :)
Ok, anyone who joins in my "exploding marathon excitement" with a donation today to my Team MEB fundraising will get 26 extra entries into my fundraising giveaway. (Next winner drawn tomorrow)
CLICK HERE TO DONATE. :)