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Whether you workout before work or after work, chances are if you workout outside you'll be working out in the darkness or very dim light.

And one of my major pet peeves is to see runners or walkers or cyclists or really anyone out and about who doesn't make sure that they can be seen.

Because the majority of my workouts are before Hubby goes to work, and usually I'm solo, safety has always been a priority for me. And when I say that I won't run outside in the dark / low light/ fog without my Noxgear, I'm serious.

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I'm Ready

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I'm ready - mentally that is. Physically, well, not so sure. But mentally, I'm ready. Am I nervous? Well yeah. But I've finally got my head in the right place. Now I just need to keep it there for the remaining 6 days and through the race.

I am strong. I am determined. I am stubborn. I am powerful. I am not a quitter (maybe a whiner - ha), but not a quitter. 


"A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Lao-tzu" 
I am ready to take that single step. 

Now That's Better

I can't say this was a GREAT run, but it left me with a feeling of accomplishment that I finished it. I did 5 hilly miles this morning. Glad I tested out the Ipod that went through the washer. After 2 weeks in rice, it was working again. It took a charge. It played music. However, the volume doesn't work. It's 'stuck', and it's stuck on a very loud volume. So it was a good thing that I tested it before race day.

One more LR (8 miles) then a couple of short runs... then 26.2.

We are having scheduling conflicts with my last LR. So I'm considering a late afternoon run tomorrow. I don't usually like running in the afternoon/evenings. But if I can get my LR in tomorrow, that will free up Saturday morning. So for now, that's the plan. I'll drop Lil Man off with Hubby, and I'll get in my last LR.

The time is counting down...

Bib #109

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Lots of emotions this week.. I turned 40 on Monday. The day was actually more difficult than I thought it would be.

Last night I looked at the registration information, and I'm officially registered. It was really weird to see my name, location and then 40 as the age. This marathon will be my first race at 40. Why not start off this decade with a marathon? :) I'm bib number 109.

I don't feel ready - not mentally or physically. So I have 10 more days to get my head in the right place. Even in writing this post, I wanted to say marathon attempt instead of marathon. Honestly, I'm really afraid I'm going to fail. I've never been one to have a lot of confidence in myself. And right now, I'm still searching to find the confidence in me. I think it's there (somewhere). I just have to dig deeper and find it.

I'm not the typical marathon runner. In fact, I still have a hard time seeing myself as a 'distance' runner. I was just getting my confidence …

Nervous

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I know that a lot of people deal with nerves before a marathon. I feel very unprepared (which I know is also normal). But I also know that missing some key runs probably really does leave me unprepared.

I did a hilly 12 miles yesterday. It was harder than I had hoped. I think partly was that I'm just really tired of running in the cold wind! And my stomach wasn't playing too nice. I'm officially on the 'taper' of the training plan. I have a couple of short runs this week, an 8 miler this weekend, a couple of short runs the following week, and then it's race time.

I think I might puke. I keep telling myself that this race has NO time limit. I can do this. Hydrate, refuel, walk as needed. Just keep moving forward. Don't over think it. Have fun! But right now, I'm just really nervous!

2 Weeks Away

The marathon is just a little over 2 weeks away. I'm back to running this week. I've made it through back to back days of 6 mile runs. They weren't stellar, and I wouldn't win any age group awards. But I feel they were solid 6 mile runs. I don't want to over analyze it as it will just make me nervous.

I'm not sure how I will handle my Long Run this weekend. If I were doing a true 'taper' it would be 12 miles. But at this point my training plan is so messed up, I don't know if I'm coming or going. I don't see myself doing 20. I might do an 18, or a 16. I think I'm going to let my body dictate what to run this weekend. At this point in the game, my goal is not to get injured and to try to stay well. I don't think that pushing through a super long run at this point will really benefit me too much (especially if it pushes me farther back than forward). We'll see. I'm trying not to 'over think it'.

I do know that tomorrow …

Low Point

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I've hit a low point. It's such a low point that the thought of never running again has fleeted through my brain. I let the thought rattle around for awhile, wallowed a little in the thought of it, then shooed it away. Who am I kidding? I love running. I can't say that I love 'training' sometimes, or getting up at 4am to run in the cold, or coordinating schedules to get in a 4 hour run. So yes, there are times that I 'dread' a run especially if it's a long difficult one that I may not fancy. But I enjoy running. And I wear the label of runner with pride.

I wanted to be a part of something here. And I thought running helped me be that 'part'. But, I'm realizing that I don't think it did.

And I've hit a part of the training where my confidence was wavering simply because that's really my personality. I've never really been one to have a lot of self confidence or really believe in myself. So this time I was putting a lot of sto…

No Running This Week

No running this week. It's been a very difficult week. My heart is too raw to re-live. So I won't elaborate on why my heart is broken. Let's just say that the running support I thought I had is no longer support.

A recap of my week...

Kid gets flu. Kid gets pneumonia in addition to the flu. Kid stops eating/drinking. Kid almost dehydrates. Begin the hour by hour watch about having him admitted to the hospital. Mom gets low grade fever. Mom's fever keeps rising. Mom develops a hacking cough. Kid starts having watery explosive poops to the point that it goes up the back and down the leg at the same time. Mom is busy constantly trying to clean up the kid and keep him comfortable. Kid will drink but not eat. Kid will eat but not drink. Kid poops more. Mom's head feels as if it is about to explode. Mom is dizzy - too dizzy to be safe home alone with kid. How is it possible to have this much snot? Dad has to miss work to come help. Mom sleeps. Kid sleeps. Dad sleeps. Mo…

And There Goes The Training Plan

Well, as my Lil Man got the flu, and then pneumonia, I got sick on Monday. I was telling myself it was 'nothing'. But the 101.6 fever said otherwise. Today is Thursday, and I haven't been able to exercise all week, unless you consider cleaning up poop and an unending amount of poopy laundry exercise.

I'm still sick, and I haven't been able to run this week. So I suppose you could say that my training plan has been shot. I've been given advice not to even attempt the marathon. The advice was well intended. I know this. I'm not hurt or upset by their honesty.

But I know that I have to do what I need to do for me.

I have 3 weeks and 2 days before the Marathon.


NOOOOOO.. Not the FLU!!!

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Yep, what started as a little cough on Thursday night for Lil Man, turned into a low grade fever by midnight with a full blown storm by morning. I took him to the pediatrician and they did a flu test. He tested positive for the flu. You've got to be kidding me right?!? He had the shot so I'm hoping that will help him.

But this came out of no where, as I suppose most sickness does. But as many of you know, I'm about to peak in my training for the marathon. Today was supposed to be 17 miles. My Lil Man was just too sick for me to leave him. So I've pushed the run off until tomorrow, and hoping I will be able to leave him long enough to get it in. Next week is my one (and only) 20 miler. I've been snotted on, sneezed on, and had his slobbery fingers in my mouth. So, all I can do at this point is take care of him, hope he gets to feeling better soon, and hope that Hubby and I don't get it.

I currently have a slight sore throat and a pounding headache, but no fever.…

Just What I needed

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4:30am was early (again) this morning. And it was cold. But this 6 mile run today was exactly what I needed. It was a nice comfortable pace. My legs were a little sore from the long run on Sunday in addition to the crosstraining yesterday, but overall if felt pretty good. My breathing was better. And I was able to pick it up for the last mile.

My stomach hated me, but it often does. But other than needing to make a pit stop, I could have kept going once the run was over. I haven't felt this good about a run since I got sick. So it was nice to have a run that left me feeling more confident than nervous.

I'm thinking Thursday's run will be 8, and Sunday's run will be 17.

But we'll see how things are feeling after Thursday's run.



Runner's Feet

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I'm thinking sandals might not be in my future for awhile. :)



Confidence Is Wavering

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Today's run was cold with a very strong wind. The first three miles were fairly decent. But somewhere around mile 6ish things started falling apart. My stomach did not want to cooperate. My legs were shot.

For several miles, the snow was falling which was pretty neat. It made for a pretty run. But then the winds really picked up. And running down by the River was tough with the winds.

But between the stomach issues and the extremely tired/heavy legs, this 16 miler turned into a 14 miler. My confidence is starting to be shaken a little. I have very few Long Runs left. Actually, I have about 3 to be exact. So I'm really hoping that the next few weeks of running helps me get my confidence back.

The Marathon date is fast approaching...

Upcoming Celebration

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Pretty sure this might be my 40th birthday/post marathon finish celebration! Because of stomach issues during running, I have to cut out dairy at least 3 weeks before the race so no Ice Cream for my birthday. But I can wait a couple of weeks and celebrate then. :) 






Nifty '50s Ice Cream Cone