Ok, race day is a few days away and today was the first day when my scatter/taper-brained self had difficulty concentrating on work all day. I took out the race map and my pace strategy over lunch and went crazy with a highlighter and several different color pens. Yes, I do that. But only for really important things like marathons. Sue me.
I was sitting there just looking at my target paces for each segment of the course and thinking, “Really? Is that right? Can I run that pace that late in the race?”. And quickly, I turned my attention away from those thoughts. Because, yes, I CAN run those paces. I’ve been in full training mode for at least 16 weeks and it would be silly to doubt my abilities at this point. I’ve proven it to myself day in and day out. Now, it’s just time to show others what I can do.
Last week, I was distracted by a big event, my twin sister’s wedding. At the time, the wedding prep and the marathon thoughts seemed like too much to handle. My body and mind felt sluggish and I started to get sniffly. Yep, I was congested and had a cold just two days before the wedding. But by the time I arrived at the salon on the big day, I was feeling back to normal (thanks to lots and lots of Airborne and Nuun!) . The day was gorgeous and the ceremony & reception were so “Lindsey and Nick”. I blubbered through my Maid of Honor speech like a fool, drank delicious beer, danced to 500 Miles by the Proclaimers played by an Irish rock band, and ate pizza at a bar until it closed at 2 AM with my family. I relished in those tiny moments. Ya know, moments like my dad lighting my sister’s celebratory cigar outside the reception. Now THAT is something you don’t see everyday!
All of a sudden, the night was over and we were heading to bed. It’s amazing how quickly a big day can go by if you just float your way through it.
I think next weekend is going to be just like that. I’ve been thinking about this darn marathon for 4+ months and I’m going to hustle, fight, and float through Sunday morning just like I’ve done all summer along the Chicago lakefront. I might have a different version of this story post-race, but for now, this is the one I’m going with.
If you want to track me during the race, you can register here! My Bib # is F735.