Just 10 days left. Ten days stand between my first marathon and me, and I am ready. Well, almost ready. I'm thinking about updating my iPod, but I am trying to wait until payday. I am super excited for race weekend, since it is the first time my whole family will be here in Indy. Unfortunately, I will just be getting back to school from our lovely two week fall break, but I'm hoping to squeeze in so much needed family time when I can.
Training wise, I hit taper town last week, and have been trying to remain injury free. This has been the biggest issue for me through the entire training cycle. I think I have it all figured out, but only time will tell (between the Tendinitis and old injuries coming back to haunt me, it has been an experience).
The best part of this has been training with Team in Training. I've only been in Indy for a year, but this has been a rewarding way to explore the city and meet new people. Plus, I get to run for a cause that is very near and dear to my heart.
The worst part of this has been the amount of energy training has zapped from me. On my last real long run, I was exhausted. I have a lot going on in my life between work, private tutoring, coaching learn to skate, and training. Plus we crammed in a trip to Chicago to visit friends (unintentionally during the Chicago Marathon). It's been a lot, but I know it won't get any easier to do. I'm just grateful for the experience.
It's truly humbling, and I'm not sure if I'll ever run another marathon. You'll have to ask me after the race. Maybe I'll have something to prove after, or maybe I'll just stick with halfs. Anyway it's time to get off of the Internet and get ready to run.