A lot goes through my mind the days prior to a race. It doesn’t matter the distance or my level of preparedness. I always mull over the same thoughts:
As I mentioned on the last post, I found out I had a pretty severe Vitamin D deficiency. The weeks before the blood work I obviously wasn’t aware of it. I was keenly aware, however, of how tired I was. I’m not talking about just a “I didn’t get enough sleep” tired. I was exhausted…drained to my core. A simple 3-miler felt like a humongous task, even at a 9:30 pace. I was so fatigued I was having trouble getting out of bed even on the days I wasn’t trying to get up early for my runs. The Monday my daughter started Spring Break I said enough was enough. I had already taken my rest day Sunday but I just couldn’t bring myself to run. I decided to take a break. I figured maybe I had overworked myself at some point and therefore I wasn’t recovering well. Now I know what may have been the culprit. However, during that break I learned a few things about myself:
This past Saturday was the last leg of my King Crab Challenge: the Baltimore Marathon. In the days leading up it hadn’t hit me that I was running a marathon that weekend. I felt great, relaxed, and not too worried. I was happy because I had completed my training plan – all of it – without a hitch, something I had yet to do. I was ready. I was more than ready. I would own that course.
I’ve mentioned it many times before: I have crippling social anxiety. I never realized just how crippling it was until recently (in the past 3 years). Many times I just thought it was normal to obsess over and avoid situations. However, once those “quirks” started affecting my every day life as an adult, and eventually my children, I knew I needed to work on overcoming some of the quirks. One of the ways I decided to tackle it head on was to join a running group.
Oh, dear! It’s 2 more weeks until go time! Last thursday I got an email from Corrigan Sports letting us know we were 22 days out from marathon day. It’s quite funny, really. Last month I was complaining to my husband that I felt like marathon training was never going to end and how I was reaching the end of my ability to tolerate hours long training runs. Suddenly now I’ve run my last long run for the training cycle! Distance is going down from this day forward and the marathon will be here in 2 short weeks. Now it feels like it’s going by quickly. Crazy how that happens, huh?
But I’m not living on a prayer…yet, any way.
Marathon training is actually past the halfway mark. How crazy is that? I feel like I just started training. I guess that’s what happens when I’ve been so busy trying to tie up loose ends before my daughter begins pre-kindergarten.
The weekend I’ve been working towards has finally come and gone. My goal postpartum race was last weekend in Frederick, MD. It’s the first part of a 3-part race challenge I had originally signed up for last year pre-pregnancy. For obvious reasons, I had to defer to this year. It’s safe to say I was beyond excited to get this done.
That time of the year is back again. It’s time to start training for my spring and fall races!
I finished the last week of my 10K training. If you remember, I only had 6 weeks to train so I wasn’t able to complete the entire training plan. It was an easy last week and it ended on a high note =).
Saturday I ran another Fort Meade 5K. This was my second race postpartum so I had some goals set up for it.