Thursday, April 4, 2013

2013 Boston Marathon: 10 Day Countdown

Here we are: 10 days before the 117th Boston Marathon. I can't believe it is finally here! These miles will soon be behind me. Wow...

So - here's what has been going on building up to these final days:

a. My computer died (TOAST - lost a bunch of stuff) so I've been on a technology detox
b. I'm tapering, of course. The miles I have put in have felt strong and easy. Taper is the hardest part for a lot of us, because it seems counter-intuitive. I have been starving. I have been unsure of what to do with my extra time. I have been a little grumpy, to be honest. Oh, the sacrifices of a runner.

Trying desperately to remember this.

c. I am mostly confident about the race. My legs have been feeling strong and I have put in the work - but I'm still not sure about setting a time goal. I have times in my mind, but it will come down to how I'm feeling on race day. The only two options are: I feel like kicking ass OR I feel like kicking major ass. Time aside.

(But - let's be real. I'm going to totally watch and live by the clock.)

d. I will begin weather stalking tomorrow. They are predicting cloudy drizzly nonsense for the few days before. Hopefully, Mother Nature gets that out of her system before I arrive on Saturday.
e. I don't know what I am wearing yet. Shoes only. I'll figure it out.
f. I went to a foodie/fitness blogger event on Tuesday. It was great to be around like-minded people. They inspired me even more for the race and some of them even offered great tips for Boston specifically. More on the Milwaukee Foodie Fitness Fete to come! 
g. My diet has been right on point. Lots of protein. Proportionate carbs. Staying hydrated. Getting sleep. Clean livin' - minus Tuesday's soiree, but that was for a good reason.

And finally - my list of worries. If I write them down, the god of marathoning will be sure that none of these things happen to me. I am a neurotic, paranoid, doom and gloomer. None of these things will happen. None of these things will happen. None of these things...:

a. I am afraid that I will forget my Runner's Passport.
b. I am afraid that I will have travel problems.
c. I am afraid that the weather will be shitty. I'll take cold over heat. 
e. I am afraid that I won't wake up on time.
d. I am afraid of pooping my pants during the race. (Legit concern.) 
e. Also, vomiting.
f. I am afraid of my knee acting up. Please, be good.

Those things aside: I PLAN TO ENJOY THE DAY AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. I am so excited!! Good luck to everyone in these last few days and see you there!


  1. You'll be fine, I can't believe it's in 10 days!!!

    ...........I wasn't worried about half of that stuff until reading this, LOL!

    Lots of luck to you, fingers crossed for the weather!

    1. I have had the same effect on my mother for my entire life. haha. THIS IS WHY I CAN'T SLEEP AT NIGHT. :) Good luck to you as well. ;)

  2. Wow, I can't believe it's coming up so soon! Cannot wait to hear all about your experience. I'm sure you'll have a wonderful race :)