I've got a little over 1 week until race day! Going to be honest and say I'm ready for it to be over with. Also very excited for the race....however...
I'm not feeling so confident! Most marathon runners hit this point in their training, and feel confident. They take a sigh of relief during taper! They've trained hard, they've done their strenuous (and arduous long runs), and now they rest. This is the time where they feel utterly exhausted, hungry, sleepy, and ready to race.
I feel none of this.
I was behind about 3-4 weeks on getting my training started due to a foot injury. Then when I finally resumed my training, I was extra-cautious! I was so afraid of re-injuring that foot. Most weeks I only got 3 runs in per week. Some weeks I only ran twice. My other days were spent cross training in the gym. Long runs were ran kind of slow (which is okay, per most experts).
Then I started having breathing problems. Foot was better, but couldn't take a deep breath.
The breathing issues got under control (probably just a little weather-induced asthma), and then I got a nasty chest cold.
I did several 12 milers, 2 14 milers, a 16, an 18, and the big 20 miler. Here's to praying that was enough!
Maybe my body was protecting me - and keeping me from pushing too hard. As sometimes I'm guilty of over-training. My training partners are making me feel a little inadequate right now. As they are all celebrating that they will be in Corral 1 - and will all be running sub 7:40 paces. Maybe if I hadn't gotten injured, I'd be with them.
Instead of comparing myself to others, I'm just going to get out there and run this race! I'm going to enjoy all the bands (Rock N Roll marathons have bands almost ever mile, I believe/). A smile will be on my face, and I'm just going to be thankful I get to run!
My goal is to do it in 3:50 - but I'm not going to injure myself to get that time. What I really want is a sub-4 hour race. We shall see! I'm just excited for the experience! Mostly, I'm just looking forward to having fun.