Today I board a plane for Portland, ME. I am pretty stoked because not only is a marathon waiting for me to run it on the other side, but my Dad will be waiting too. Although, you probably already knew that.
I’ve been getting myself ready for this marathon. When I think about it, I get butterflys. It has been over 4 years since my last marathon. Although, in between I have trained (not raced) for another marathon, ran five halves, a bunch ov trail races, 8 mountain bike races, and 1 50 mile mountain bike race. I had a stress fracture after the first marathon. Another stress fracture after the Seattle half marathon, and two foot fractures after that. Whew. What a long ride.
You probably already knew all that too.
Anyway, I am tapering.
Here’s what tapering means:
1. The running schedule
Saturday: 10 miles
Monday: 5.5 miles easy
Wednesday: 5.5 miles easy
Thursday: Maybe 3 miles on the treadmill
Saturday: Miles 8-10 of the marathon course (these are the two biggest hills of the course)
2. The eating schedule:
There is none. I am sitting around, relaxing and eating everything I feel like. I really had wanted to get this free for all under control this training round. I want to keep with the same amount of calories of my normal diet, but swap out my fiber and proteins for carbs. I guess it isn’t too late to start this.
Speaking of Maine and lobsters, I thought I would be eating lobster salad sandwiches to fuel for the marathon. Wrong. Mom bought lobster tails as a celebratory meal Friday night. The first few miles of the 10 miler hurt-bad. Glad I learned that lesson.
3. Outfit rehearsal
I tried out the new outfit from the Reebok outlet-it’s a go. The new compression socks-not so much. Too hot to run in. However, they will be worn on the plane today. I do not need any blood clots before the marathon. Speaking of injuries. When I wake up in the middle of the night, I keep thinking that my calves are sore and tight and I freak out. Then I wake up in the morning and they are fine. I am so good at freaking myself out.
Do you freak yourself out before marathons? For the most part I remain pretty cool, but I do get a little weird about fearing new injuries.
Do you like lobsters-aka “the roaches of the sea?” I love lobster. I will do anything for a lobster salad sandwich when I home with Dad.