As I sit here icing my knee, I am getting excited for the marathon. If I can be excited while running through an injury, then I must be really excited. Maybe I am just excited to be done with marathon training, but either way I am excited. With only two more super long runs (one 20 miler and one 22 miler), I can see the light at the end of the tunnel. Other than those two runs, the longest run will be 15 miles, which amazingly seems like a cake walk right now.
Today I came home from work to a card from my bestie, Shelley. It was a “just because” card and it made me feel so loved. I have the best friends and have been so busy lately that I feel a little out of touch, so it was nice to hear from her. Inside the card was a super cute 26.2 sticker that she was planning to give me in December when she visits after the race. But, she thought it might give me a little extra motivation in the final weeks of training. She was right! Thanks, Shell – I love you!
Today I got to thinking about actual race weekend and how that is going to look. There will be a lot that needs to be coordinated and I don’t want to save it till the last minute. I will need to:
- Take time off work: The race is Sunday and I think I am going to take Monday off for sure and possible a half or 3/4 day the Friday before so I can go to the Expo.
- Deciding when I will go to the Expo. I want to go Friday so that it is all taken care of and I can relax all day Saturday. It just depends on the schedule of speakers, which hasn’t been announced yet.
- Figure out how and at what time I will be heading to the race start. Usually Aaron drops me off at the start, but I think the drop off might be 2 miles from the start which doesn’t sound ideal.
I also got to thinking about fun things to do to get the whole family involved. I am really hoping the weather will at least be dry on marathon day. I am banking on having a lot of moral support and know my cheering crowd would be a little smaller if it was pouring rain. Since the race is in my hometown (and current town), the cheering section was a big factor in me choosing CIM as my first (and possibly only) marathon.
Do you have any fun ideas for the weekend of or night before a marathon? I was thinking I would have everyone over for a big pasta party and poster making party. I will supply the food and supplies if they provide the support! I think I will buy some iron-on letters to personalize my race-day outfit.
That brings up a whole ‘nother issue – what is a girl to wear?! So much to do (and buy), so little time!