I am doing a two-week taper and I am definitely starting to feel it. After two 100-mile weeks and lots of weeks with mileage in the upper 80's and low 90's in this training cycle, running single digits every day feels strange! I miss my double days too. I get to do 14 miles tomorrow at a conservative pace, and I am looking forward to it. I am embracing the taper though. I have put in the hard work and now am letting my body rest up to be able to do what I ask it to on race day.
It has been a busy week around here as Josh has started a new job. It is in addition to his other job (and coaching) so we are all adjusting to the new schedule and getting in to a new groove. It is all working out though and we are really grateful for the opportunity. Life is busy and we both have very busy schedules and lots of responsibilities, but life is so very good. Josh is a rockstar. :)
I leave in a week for Tallahassee! I am not one who likes to be away from Josh, the kids, or home, but if I am going to be away from them, I can't think of anyone I would rather be getting to see and spend time with right now than Jennifer. As she pointed out the other day, a whole lot has happened since we hugged good bye almost five months ago. When I travel by myself I usually do so with a lump of guilt and stress about being away, and I am promising myself I will not do that this time. I am going to enjoy the gift of some time with my BFF and I am going to enjoy this race and focus on running well and enjoying the experience (and feeling guilty or stressed won't help that one bit).
I am feeling pretty good mentally and physically, and am taking the next 10 days to help myself feel as good as possible. I have been eating well, staying hydrated, getting as much rest as possible, and all that good stuff. I have been reading "Running Within" again and working on the techniques in there, and have been reading "Paula - My Story So Far" (Paula Radcliffe's story), and both are very inspiring and motivating.
Here is a quote from Paula's book that I really love -
"It is the challenge of running a 26-mile race that I find intriguing. It is like life itself. There are good moments and tough moments; you've got to enjoy the good parts and survive the bad ones. Along the way, you learn about yourself and how you respond to pressure and difficulty. You can't know for certain how you will be until you are faced with the questions."
I am feeling really good about this race. My heart and my body are in a happy place. I am excited to run a marathon in a healthy, strong body that isn't overtrained. I am excited to enjoy a marathon. I am excited that Jennifer will be there to cheer me on. I am excited to see what I can do. I love this sport. 10 days!!
Just for fun, here are a couple of pics from the other night. Josh and the teens were all gone for the weekend with sports, so I took the younger eight out for a night of pizza and bowling (thanks Auntie Shanon for the gift certificate!) These kids are SO much fun. Seriously, they are the best. And boy can they destroy a pile of pizza. ;)
|"baby brother" is almost as big as "big sister"!|
|Don't let the smiles fool you - cutthroat bowlers, every one of them!|
|Five of the eight kids I had on our date :)|