Today I did my last run before the marathon. The next time I lace up my running shoes I'll be getting ready to run 26.2 miles! Eeek!!!!!!!!!!! I am so excited!!!!!
And can I tell you a secret? I felt really strong on my run today. The timing was still very average, but I found myself trying to hold a 9:20 pace during the flat portions of my not-so-flat route. I still walked a lot of the hills and walked at other times for fear of rolling my ankle or obtaining some other injury I don't need days before the marathon. But I felt really great when I was running. Maybe there really is something to this tapering thing! And maybe I'm on to something with all the Ben & Jerry's! ;)
Either way, I'm ready. I know I am. It's hard for me to admit this, because I have wanted to tell myself otherwise for quite some time. I want to revert back to those thoughts that I'm not a runner and never could be. But you know what? I just completed 19 weeks of marathon training so I think I've earned the right to call myself a runner. Still a slow runner, but a runner nonetheless. And even though I didn't hit all my training runs, I'm ready. I will cross that finish line, and that's all that matters. I've completely let go of any time goals. It's my first marathon and I simply want to finish. I want to stop and take pictures with the characters without obsessing over the minutes it adds to my time. I want to walk when I need to walk. I want to enjoy the journey. And that's exactly what I'm going to do.
Time: 33 minutes, 10 seconds
Miles this Week: 3
Miles this Month: 3