Right now there are a million things running through my head. I know Holls anxiety level is at its all time highest, and K9Bish is packing her sound machine as we speak;) It's all in the works... So today I am going to ramble on about my thoughts, what I am doing to prepare this week, and what I hope to accomplish this weekend...
I am stoked - beyond stoked. I can't stop checking Memphis weather, race elevations, and blog posts from those who have previously ran this marathon. I border a little on the obsessed side.
I have my race attire picked out, my fuel bought, and all my going out outfits laid out in my head.
I am somewhat sad that my some of my family and close friends will not be there to see me finish. I will be hugging whoever the person is next to me at the finish line. They better not be a "boundary" person because I am NOT... and I won't hesitate to go in for a long drawn out sweaty hug;)
I am eating better this week - drinking tons of water - and keeping up with my small runs.
I will NOT be running on Friday and Thursday I am going to do 2 miles - rest these legs for Saturday.
My strategy on the course is to take in EVERY moment - I AM running for a REASON - for St. Jude.
I will start out slower and try to pick up the pace at the end (if that is possible).
I will rotate hydration stations between Gatorade and water and my GU will be taken at mile 8,16, & 24 - and if I feel I need more to eat - I am going to.
I don't want to stop... but if I have to - I will stop, catch my breath, let my feet hit the pavement, and pick it back up... and I will NOT beat myself up on the course about it. This race is NOT about me...
I have seen runners do this and dedicate miles to those they love - this I will be doing in my head. The last 6 are going to be rough and I will need this type of motivation to keep me going. This is when I plan to start my dedications.
I am not going to turn on my music until I feel it is time - I am hoping to at least get to mile 17 or so.
I am going to enjoy that feeling when I finish - I am NOT going to immediately get on my phone. I am going to hug those around me, watch others as they finish, be IN THE MOMENT with my friends, and hug those out to cheer us on. I also want to love on those beautiful kids and their families. Then I will call my babies and tell them I love them more than they could ever imagine!!!
AND... then I am going to nap, take a shower, and PARRRRRRRTTAAAYY!!!
I am nervous, I am stoked, and I am READY!!!!
Any last minute tips?