I can’t believe it…race day is less than five days away. In five days all the training, all the sweat, all those runs I didn’t want to do will be worth it. I will be running the streets of DC with two of my great friends, Maya and Maddie, my cousin Kristy, Brian (who is running much faster than all of us) and some others who will be running the half and carrying the rest of us home after the full. 🙂
I do not think I will be doing this type of training ever again so I intend to take in every minute it of, all 4 and a half hours of it, if everything goes well.
Over the last 3 weeks I have been battling knee pain, strained hamstrings and probably taking on to much. If I could go back I would definitely add strength training into my program. I think going from such a high impact sport in basketball to a completely different type of high impact sport of running, I took for granted my strength training and did not make it a focus. I would also try and dedicate a minimum of 15 minutes a day to stretching and rolling out. I really tried to do a lot more stretching as I got further into it but I need to make more of a habit out of it before I need to do it.
But unfortunately I can’t go back now. As I sit and write this post, icing my knee and hip (a side effect of walking around this weekend and compensating for my left knee) I think about making it across the finish line of the race with Maya and Maddie, cheering each other on and finishing together. I never would have imagined running this race with the two of them, never would have thought that five years ago when we graduated high school that we would be celebrating that anniversary with a marathon – 26.2 I still can’t wrap my head around it. It is also Pie Day (3.14) so I know K.A.F will be watching us from above and motivating us and driving us forward. We run this for you Ms. Ferris.
This will probably be the most intense and crazy thing I ever do but I will be able to say I did it and it will only make me stronger! Holy count down – 4 days, 12 hours, 35 minutes!