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Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Marathon Status: So Nervous I Could Puke

Hey all!

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. :)

15 comments :

  1. 10 days?? Eeek, so exciting (besides the 'so nervous I could puke' part)!!

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  2. Look at you go!!! Anything over 10 miles totally deserves a Subway treat! :)

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  3. Congratulations!! You're going to do fantastic because you're prepared!!! What an amazing thing to check off the bucket list...i got tired reading how far you've run lol!

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  4. So exciting! I cannot run faster than a 9 minute mile either! I have tried doing speedwork, ok, only once, but I would like to run faster too. Great that you had a friend pace with you. love subway and that tradition!

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  5. I'm so excited for you! You are going to rock it!

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  6. I'm really excited for you!! You're going to kick butt! Also love the Liz Lemon video clip :)

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  7. Good luck! Don't underestimate yourself. You will do great!

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  8. You will do great! I can't wait to read all about it!

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  9. TEN days?! Ahhhh you're so close! I can't wait to read all about it! Subway is a fav refuel for me too!

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  10. Get those voices out of your head girl! You have worked so hard for this!! You are going to kick this marathons butt!

    Enjoy your taper and your carb loading. Both are VERY important, especially the eating part! ;)

    Leah

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  11. You can do it! Taper madness! hahaha :) No but seriously. You'll be fine. Don't puke!

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  12. You've got this, girl!!! You've trained hard & now you'll just go out and RUN! Just think how awesome it will feel when you cross that finish line! I know what you mean about feeling like you could puke though... I'm not normally an anxious person, but the week before my 1/2, my stomach was a mess! Nerves! Can't wait to talk to you about your marathon at Christmas!

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  13. You're so close to the finish line, Emily! You've got this. Think about your months of training and all the miles you have under your belt. IN.CREDIBLE, right?! One of my favorite running quotes is something like "race day is your reward for all the training." I think that race day is your reward for suffering through shitty runs, and keeping with it. Your reward for waking up early or running after work when you would rather stay in bed. It's your reward for all the times you said "no" to fun plans with friends because you had to run, or needed to get up early to run. It's your reward for sticking with it when you doubted you would even get to the start line. Embrace your nerves and try to get excited! I know it's hard to feel excited when you are so nervous and have so much invested in the race going well, but there will be crowds. And cute kids with cute signs. And bands. And free food. And maybe free beer after. And (hopefully!!) your loved ones along the course to cheer you on and breath some air into those legs if you get tired.

    You've got this. Trust your training. You're ready! Go get 'em :)

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  14. HOLY MOLY an 8 min mile I haven't done that since high school!! Can't wait to hear all about your marathon Rock It Girl!!!!

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