Wednesday, November 5, 2008

3 Days...

I'm running a marathon in 3 days. Seriously... 72 hours from this moment I will be somewhere close to mile 18 (ideally).

I went for a run yesterday after work. It was the first since last Wednesday. I wanted the 5 days off to help my legs recover from the recent long runs, but I also knew I'd need to get them loose again before Saturday.

So here's the deal. It's November. My 4-mile run took place outside... in 78 degree heat. Seriously, I was sweating before the .25 mile marker. It's crazy! Fortunately, it should be cooling down over the next few days. Race day temps call for a low of 39 and high of 61. I'll take that, but my fingers are crossed it'll stay in the 40s and 50s while I'm running.

4 miles. 35:54. That means a little under a 9-minute mile pace. Yay! Granted, I was pushing myself. Normally I wouldn't do that so close to a race, but since I'm using it as a training run and not a race it's kind of different. I have no real goals for Saturday other than to run a relaxed pace and get the mileage in so I can FINALLY start to taper for my December race.

I have to say... I'm ready to taper. Even with the 5 days off, my legs are still feeling tired. I woke up in the middle of the night with a charleyhorse. I HATE when that happens. My calf is sore today, along with my quad and ankle that I just can't seem to get back to normal. I know once I can taper they'll feel a lot better, but in the meantime I could use a new right leg.

I'm getting antsy and excited all at once. Even though I'm not really racing, it's still a big deal. I'm still running 26.2 miles this weekend. Dang.

Even I think I'm crazy sometimes.


*aron* said...

WOOO :) you are going to do awesome!

i am running a marathon this weekend as a training run for a marathon... no big deal :)

Shoe Running said...

Wow! Using a marathon as a training run! I'm totally impressed! :) Sounds like you'll be in great shape for it. Have fun & I can't wait to hear all about it!

J said...

Yay for your training marathon!! haha you are gonna do great!

Crazy Daisy said...

Wishing you all the best! I'm so excited for your marathon!

Alisa said...

Bet you're getting excited! Marathon as a training run...I've heard of crazy things such as this but wow, not sure I could hack it!