I know that I kind of slacked off on the Marathon Monday posting for awhile there (but seriously, there are only so many ways to creatively write I ran lots of miles and most of them sucked) but I'm back for one more entry before the big race day, which happens to be next Sunday, the 17th. At 6:55 am, I'll be crossing the Rock & Roll Denver starting line (along with about 30,000 other people) and attempting to complete my first 26.2-miler.
I'm pretty confident in the training I've done. We ran a 22-miler a few weeks back in 3:20, which seems to indicate that I can complete the race in under four hours - but a nagging muscle soreness in my calf (specifically, my flexor digitorm longus) is the one thing making me nervous. The last two weeks have been a taper in mileage, and I've been alternately resting, icing, and getting massages on the calf to help keep it in decent shape for the race. Looking forward to giving it (and myself) some well-earned time off after this race.
I'll be visiting the runner's expo this Friday to pick up my number and I have no doubt the nerves will officially set in at that point. On my to-do list this week: download some new tunage for the ipod, make sure the Garmin and ipod are fully charged, wash my favorite (and lucky!) Nike running skirt, and stock up on a few race essentials: chocolate covered espresso beans, Bonk Breaker bars, and blue Gatorade.
I'm reminded of how far I've come since the beginning of this training, when I made a page to document this undertaking:
Going the Extra Mile | supplies: patterned paper, chipboard, rub-ons, brads (KI Memories) + pen (Staedtler) + font (Traveling Typewriter)
I adore those Sew Cute calendars - so perfect for documenting a sample of my workouts! Here's hoping that I'll be working on a page celebrating this accomplishment soon. And in the meantime, if you want to check out some more projects using the new Over the Rainbow collection from KI Memories, come participate in our Blog Hop this week. Today's hostessess are Shannon Tidwell and Kelly Noel, and I have no doubt the eye candy will be plenty. Be sure to stop back by here on Thursday, when I'll be featuring a KI page as well.
Enjoy your Monday!