If someone told me two years ago, even one year ago - that I'd be doing a 26.2 mile training run and I would've thought them to be crazy. When Ray told me my run a couple weeks ago would be 26.2 my jaw dropped, but I was so excited! I didn't expect that! Orders were: 26.2 and on trail. At a place that was pretty hilly, by Streetsboro. CVNP? I believe so! I attended what was called the "Egg 20" and tacked on an extra 6.2. I talked with a lot of great runners throughout the run, and hope to see them all again in the near future. And runners: I apologize if I was a trail hog :) I'm so used to pavement running, side by side, chatting away, etc., etc. that I frequently forgot to keep my distance and ran too close. Good times though, and lots of mud! I tried out some new gear that day - a running skirt. I swore up and down that I'd never buy one. Too "girly" for me I said. Well I decided to buy a cheap one at Target, and surprisingly loved it. I had no problems with it at all! I'm pretty surprised and will most definitely wear it again. I just wish it had more room for storage. I think I'm going to have to look into other brands, something with at least ONE pocket.
Last weekend called for a 13 miler and a 21.75 miler(35k). I ran the 13 miler with the NERC - and it was crazy fast! I woke up not feeling to great and it was supposed to be a tempo run. I could tell I just wasn't going to be into pushing myself. I got to the run early and ran around 3 miles before the main group got there, met up with some 20 mile peeps along the way. At mile 3 we met up with the rest of the group which included super fast Guy Gadomski! Guy and I ran together the rest of the way. It was such an amazing run and probably my fastest 1/2 yet. I pushed it every step of the way, and am so thankful that Guy showed up and whipped me into shape! The next day's long run was a little slower, but well worth it!
The Boston Marathon
I can't believe it's almost here! My first Boston Marathon! My 35k on Sunday was my last long run until the marathon which is Monday. Couple of a days of speed work this week, a long walk today, and that's it - nothing else until the marathon! My taper may not be a typical marathon taper since I'm training for Mo - but I'm still feeling tons of energy this week. Last night I gave the whole house a good scrub down, then went to work on the car! Hopefully all this energy will last until the marathon. I'm not so sure how it's going to work, but we'll see. We're planning on doing so much sightseeing that I'm not sure what to expect in terms of energy levels on marathon day. We're all so excited here that we can barely sleep! We may do a lot of things, but they are done in PA (where I am from originally) and Ohio. This will be our first real vacation, and we intend to make every minute of it count! This may sound crazy, but I'm not sure what I'm more excited about - the plane ride (I finally get to ride in a plane without having to jump out of it) or the marathon. On second thought....I think I'm more excited about the marathon, because I LOVE jumping out of planes! MUAHAHAAHHA!!!!! I am excited to see what it feels like though :) I feel like a little kid!
I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has been so supportive. I love you guys! (cue the Kumbaya song) Thanks to everyone who has donated to UNICEF as well! You all have definitely made me stronger and hold a special place in my heart. XOXOXO to you all! Especially my husband and son, who have to deal with things like the alarm clock going off at 2 a.m., black toenails, and salty skin. It takes special people to be able to deal with things like that!
Good luck to all this weekend, whether you are running Boston, running a different race, or just hitting road for the fun of it!