September 20, 2013
Hello. I hope you are all doing well.
We are now in countdown mode (six weeks) and needless to say, I am getting a little nervous.
Training has been a bit tough for me this year. I was traveling a lot and had to juggle to fit workouts into my schedule. As a result, I don’t feel that I was able to put as much into training as I did last year and in some ways, don’t feel as confident as I did before.
In any case, the 18 mile tune-up was Sunday. You may recall that the tune-up is supposed to be a good indicator of marathon readiness. You may also recall that after running it last year, I could not move, let alone pick up the earring that fell on the floor (if you don’t remember, you can certainly see my training log from last year by clicking the link below and clicking on “See more” under The Story).
I was actually looking forward to the tune-up so that I could get a feel for where I am at this point. Unfortunately, I was a little disappointed with my time. I only shaved off five minutes from last year, so I threw myself a pitty party. However, after the backlash I received from co-workers, fellow BGR trainees and actually the whole world, the party’s over. I was reprimanded with niceties like - “If someone told me I had 18 days to run 18 miles, I still couldn’t do it,” - “I refuse to attend this lame party. Me and my buddy Get Over Yourself called our friend Stop Trippin’ and we are not coming.” and “ONLY 5 minutes! That sounds like improvement to me. Please!”
So, after that beating, I had no choice but to get back into the game and thankfully, I feel better now.
Tomorrow we run the last seventeen miles of the marathon. Mercifully, tapering will begin soon, so I will get some rest then. Until then, it’s back to the pavement!
Again, thanks for taking this journey with me. I will be back in touch soon.
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