I have to be out of the house and on my way to the airport in less than 34 hours and my to-do list between now and then is craaaazy.
Every day has just been super full and busy. Here is an example -
This morning I got up at 4am and was out of the door with Shane and Ben at 4:30am to get them to the junior high school to get on a bus to go to the "Best of the Best" junior high track meet. (Later in the day I found out that Shane - my 13 year old 7th grader - ran a 4:58 mile at the meet! The kid is a BEAST!!!)
After I dropped the boys off at 4:40am, I headed to the high school track and just started my workout since I was up and there anyway. It was an easy workout since marathon day is this weekend! I did a 2 mile warm up, plyometrics and strides, and then 10x400m at goal marathon pace and then a 2 mile cool down. It was really hard to keep the 400's slow (for 400's) but I felt good.
Once I got back home I proceeded to make 302 chocolate chip pancakes. Yes - 302 chocolate chip pancakes. Nate (my oldest son - will be a senior next year) is running for student body vice president and this week is their campaigning week. The school puts them into teams and gives them money and they have tasks each day. Today's task was to provide a meal for the school, and somehow I got volunteered to be the mom to make 300 pancakes.
I think it is a true testament to how much I love the boy that when he dropped the "I-volunteered-you-to-make-300-pancakes" bomb, and then smiled at me and said, "you don't have anything to do in the morning do you?" that I didn't strangle him.
Since I know you really want to see what 302 chocolate chip pancakes looks like -
Add in Noah care and therapy, laundry, cleaning the kitchen, a few phone meetings, coaching work, helping little kids with homework, dinner, trying to get the house clean and ready for me to be gone, etc. etc. and that is why I am not making a whole lot of progress in the packing/resting aspect of this taper week. But, that is life when you are a mom and I would not change a thing. :)
Despite the busy-ness, I am feeling good. I have embraced taper this time around, and I like feeling my legs feeling stronger, well-rested, and full of energy. I am missing the miles, but enjoying the physical benefits of running so little and know that this is all an important part of the training.
Emotionally I was feeling SUPER nervous this weekend, but a calm (tinged with excitement) has slowly been settling in. When you are only racing two to three marathons in a year, and you are putting so much training and hard work into each race, you really, REALLY want each one to be a reflection of the work you have put in. You want each race to be progress - a PR - a victory.
I have put in lots and lots of miles and training going in to this race. It has been a really strong training cycle and I am planning on going out, running with my head and my heart, and having a great race. And I plan on enjoying it.
A marathon, a weekend with my parents and brother, a chance to do what I love and see what I can do, - yay for Providence!
But first I have to pack.