Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Fall, Taper, and other assorted thoughts

Had a great run on Friday--13 miles with a good negative split. Then we celebrated Bug's birthday Saturday with family and friends, and Sunday I had a nice recovery ride. Even had to pull out my new 2XU arm and leg warmers. Love it! Fall is pretty much my favorite season.

I'm pretty excited because one of my good running buddies is crossing over to the tri-side! So excited for her. I'm always pumped to get a new training buddy!

Now I'm in taper, which is nice, as I'm getting a chance to breathe. But, you know how it goes...taper time creates phantom pains and the feeling of being, essentially, a fat bloated cow. Although, the Friendly's Reese's Cup Sundae I took care of (well, I had about 3/4 of it. close enough) might have something to do with it. Today, I just had one workout. And it felt pretty weird! I've been "on" for a while now, and now that I'm slowing down and gearing up for the big day, it feels a little strange.

I've never been more ready for a race. But the marathon is a funny animal, and you never quite know with unwavering certainty what you're going to get. All you can do, is what you can, with the day that is given to you.

And trust yourself.

And that's what I plan on doing.


TJ said...

Sounds like you're ready...Reese's Cup Sundae and all.
Have a great race!

Alili said...

You are ready, let that confidence carry the day! Rest well and ROCK Columbus!

Janet Edwards said...

Sweet, you are quite the convert for running buddies to the tri realm!

Enjoy the taper...you earned it!

Michele said...

I can't believe he is one already. Glad y'all had a good b-day with him.
Enjoy the taper. You are going to do great at the marathon.

Kim said...

mmmm running in the fall and reese's peanut butter cup sundaes! maybe ill partake in one of the two tonight (not running!)youre ready to rock that marathon!

Run for Chocolate said...

Enjoy the break and good luck in Columbus

Triteacher said...

Just call on that sundae when you're in the throes of energy-depletion & bonk-temptation at mile 20ish... you have earned it. :-)

(And honestly, visualizing stuff like that has helped me in the past!)