Thanks for all the birthday wishes!
The mailman brought some exciting things yesterday and today -
First - Advanced copies of the May edition of Runner's World! Pages 19-20 are me. It's crazy and surreal to look at it! I have been feeling a little nervous and embarrassed about this whole thing and the attention it has brought/will bring (because center of attention is really not a place I love to be). I just hope that somehow sharing my story can help someone else - that it will inspire someone to get healthy, or inspire someone to adopt, or inspire someone else to believe in themselves and to chase after their dreams. The magazine should be showing up in mailboxes in the next week or so. Ikes!
Second - Boston Marathon papers! All kinds of fun information, bib pickup card, etc. Just a big old envelope of excitement. :)
If you can believe it, yesterday marked THREE WEEKS until the Boston Marathon. Three weeks! When I qualified in September it seemed like it was so far away and would never get here.
I did my last 20 miler yesterday morning. I left my house alone (and holy smokes has it been dark this week) at 5:30 am and finished at an 8:10 average pace for the run. I was really happy with this because the pace felt really nice and easy the whole time and I felt good, happy, and strong the whole run (and my fastest miles were the last couple). I ran without music or company - just me, my thoughts, and the road.
Here is the route that I did. I think it was decent Boston training since it has downhill miles and uphill miles. I felt good on the uphill miles which was a confidence booster. There is something so exciting every time about finishing that last 20 miler before taper.
Now there is less than three weeks until race day. My taper still includes a decent amount of miles and speed work, but I will be cutting back on cross training, getting extra sleep, and letting these legs get fresh and ready to run fast on April 16.