Ok, so... this marathon is 10 days away. What?!?! Why am I doing this? I'm not ready! I'm going to make a fool of myself and get kicked off the course for going over the time limit. Then, I'm going to hate myself for the entire 6 hour drive home.
^This is my inner monologue of crazy.
Annnyways, as you can see, I'm getting nervous. Is this what "taper madness" is?
*Side note: Why am I more hungry when I'm not running like a maniac? I can't stop eating everything in sight. I just tell myself it's carb loading and forget about it.
On Thanksgiving morning, I ran the Festive 4 Mile Foot Fest. It started and ended at my old high school, and was a super easy, flat course.
It was very chilly that morning, but I had multiple layers on, so it wasn't so bad. I also found my old neck warmer from a ski trip, that definitely came in handy. I ended up running with a friend's wife. He told me that she normally ran a 9:30-10:00 pace. He lied, big time. She was talking in full sentences, not out of breath AT ALL, running an 8:30 pace. She ended up finishing ahead of me, but it was nice that I had her to help push me.
I ended up averaging an 8'46" pace, which I'm happy with. I haven't done any speed work while training for this marathon, so this is probably as fast as I can run right now. (Kind of sad) I did enjoy showing up at a race, and being done in less than 40 minutes. It was a really low key race that helped remind me how much I like running when it isn't a big production.
On Saturday, Lana, Joanie and I did a 10 mile run. The weather was absolutely gorgeous, but I had a hard time being patient. I kept thinking, "this is only ten miles, I should be done by now." When you have no patience, your run is miserable. I had some achilles pain, which makes me nervous. I'm going to really take it easy between now and the 14th. When I ran slower, with shorter strides, it hurt worse than running faster, with longer strides. Weird?
I ended up getting Subway afterwards, and it was delicious. For those that follow me on Instagram, you know that I have a tradition of getting Subway after runs of ten miles or more. It's the little things that keep me going. :)