I made this post the week of my marathon race last year and after putting what I was considering as a new post together in my head (not realizing I had already written most of it a year ago), I decided search my posts to see if I had already done something similar. And then I realized that the post I envisioned in my head, but nearly identical, and that I should just re-post it. I mean, why say the same thing twice, when you've already put the time in to say it right. So here goes from the archives
Normally during a taper period, most people tend to go stir crazy not
knowing what to do with their extra time. While I certainly have extra
time on my hands, I feel like I am in this sort of state of reflection
that has me staying quiet. Sure, I get the urge to want to head out the
door and crank out a hard tempo run every now and then, but I'm mostly
spending this time reflecting on this marathon's journey.
Compared to previous ones,
this one has actually been relatively quiet. By quiet, I mean not
having to complain or deal with massive amounts of rehab just to get to
the starting line. I've sure had my nicks along the way, but who
doesn't? I've been able to manage them through regular, almost daily,
stretching and strengthening routines that have become a staple of my
This reflection also has me looking back and what a wide ride of
emotions training for a marathon can be. Constantly checking the
weather, noticing every little creak and crack my body makes to
determine if it might be the onset of a new issue, comparing my long run
of this week to the long run of last week, scoping out the race course,
eating well to safely get down to racing weight...so many things going
on and so much to look at. Of course this isn't anything new, it's just
an observation that I finally have a chance to sit back and make.
I guess at the end of the day, what really has me satisfied, and is
probably the biggest reason why things are so quiet, is the fact that I
know I have done everything I can do to be ready on race day. From a
training standpoint, there is really nothing left for me to prove. I
approached this training cycle differently than any other - I took it 1
day at a time...no looking ahead. My goal, each and every day, was to
focus on completing the workout at hand, and I knew that all the other
stuff would take care of itself. So here I am sitting in the final few
days before the race, extremely proud of my training.
However, on the racing front, I still have LOTS to prove...but I can
only keep counting the days until I finally get a chance to do so....